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January 18, 2018

Jacki and Dave Retro Renovate Their Forever Home–Wallpaper and Cabinettes


By Sara In AZ


This week Jacki and Dave are starting the epic renovation of the basement space of their new/old forever home to make way for their mid century kitchen purchased from eBay.

This picture shows the view of what will become the kitchen area – currently it is just a small bar.


This is the same view as above with the bar removed and the rear drywall removed…..while trying to figure out the configuration of all of the cabinetry.


Here you can see the vinyl flooring has been installed and the layout is still being figured out.


The base cabinets are finally installed!!! Still working on the uppers


Jacki and Dave also had vintage wallpaper hung to coordinate with the midcentury kitchen. The following is from Jacki:


The wallpaper in place.  If you look closely you can see the vertical gray lines up and down the wallpaper.  These are the seams or edges of the paper that had aged.  If I don’t point it out to people, they either are 1) too polite to mention it or 2) just assume  it is in the design.  My guess is #1 LOL.   Since it was being installed over paneling the wallpaper people had to skim coat the wall and prime before it could be hung. The wallpaper people were awesome and loved the paper, not to mention extremely careful as it was horribly fragile with paste on it.



Jacki is 100% right….when you hang vintage wallpaper, especially one that has “butt” seams and not overlapping seams…and if the paper is a lighter shade….chances are VERY good you are going to see the vertical seams.  Its just the way the vintage  wallpaper ages and there is nothing you can do about it. We have visible seams in the vintage wallpaper in our master bathroom and honestly it really doesn’t bother me at all, I love the paper and I am willing to overlook it. But it is definitely something to think  about when pondering the decision of hanging vintage wallpaper.

The detail of the paper.  The colors matched my new carpet and decor in the family room to a T.



That wallpaper is SO fabulous Jacki!

Jacki and Dave also had some fabulous vintage GE Cabinettes (smaller metal cabinets that under mount to the upper cabinets)

The GE Cabinettes.  These poor babies got bounced around from place to place until Dave had the time (or desire) to hang them.  It was a big job since a decent size hole had to be cut in the wall to tap into the overhead light fixture.  I guess I shouldn’t exactly use the term “bounced” as they were insanely heavy.  They are 3 units that were bolted together as one unit.  They fit perfectly in a niche against the end upper cabinet so we left them as is.  I repainted them in enamel to match the butter yellow sink.



The Cabinettes installed and painted with new bulbs.





Oh my gosh Jacki!!! Everything looks SO amazing already, those Cabinettes are to die for!

Come back next week to see Jacki and Dave install the cooktop and wall ovens!

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3 Responses to Jacki and Dave Retro Renovate Their Forever Home–Wallpaper and Cabinettes

  1. mary Reply

    January 18, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    I love the cabinettes! I check out ebay sometimes to see if anyone has some to sell. I do know a talented handyman who could possibly re-create one (or two) for me.

  2. Jacki Reply

    January 19, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Hi Mary, have you ever tried Onecraigs.com? It is the culmination of Craigslist nationwide and you may find some Cabinettes near you.

  3. mary Reply

    January 20, 2018 at 8:36 am

    I will try it Jacki, Thanks!

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