Our 1950s kitchen has the original cabinetry. I have mixed feelings about the cabinetry. On the one hand, I hate that it’s so dated. On the other, I’m trying to appreciate its vintage character. For the most part, I find it easier to hate than to appreciate. However, I do regularly read Retro Renovation, a blog devoted to love of all post-war, mid-century homes. This blog celebrates kitchen cabinetry like mine. And thus, I hope that no enthusiasts of Retro Renovation are reading this post, because they might throw things to see what I’ve done. Check out this photo of my kitchen (taken just before we installed the new backsplash):
See that scalloped wooden valance? I tried to love it. I tried to appreciate it for its vintage character.
But in the end, I took a hammer to it. Technically, Mark took a hammer to it, but I placed it in his hand.
That scalloped wooden piece didn’t go down without a fight though. It took a lot of effort (from Mark) to loosen it and bring it down.
Let’s look a little closer. Uh oh, that’s a big piece of split wood on the front of the adjacent cabinet.
I think we’ll be able to fix it with some wood glue and filler. And, of course, we’re planning on painting the cabinetry anyhow.
You can see more split wood on the other side. We’ll have to figure out what to do with that inch long space that’s left between the two pieces of molding.
But despite these problems that arose with taking down the wood valence, and despite my efforts to love my vintage kitchen, I’m so glad the scalloped beast is gone.