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Mom’s Fabulous 50’s Kitchen

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This fun 50’s Breakfast Room belongs to my mom and stepdad.  My mom wanted to decorate with a 50’s/diner theme and I think it turned out really great.  It is even more impressive when you know what the room looked like when they bought the house.


Here is their kitchen with its 50’s make-over.

And below is the creepy BEFORE picture.

Isn’t this how the kitchen is supposed to look when the house is on the market??? Oh. My. Word!

Another view of the current style….

And another terrifying BEFORE shot.

Another wall in the kitchen…..

And below we have a BEFORE shot of the same wall.

When Mom first found her ‘dream house’, I thought she had lost her mind!  =)   To say the place was disgusting is an understatement.  After they bought the house, we removed trash by thedumptruck load!  (Luckily my brother-in-law owned a dumptruck…It definitely came in handy.)

The house was a disgusting, dirty ‘cat box’ with walls reeking of nicotine.  What an undertaking!!  But with lots of TLC (and disinfectant) it has evolved into a wonderful, welcoming home.

Let’s take closer look at the breakfast room!  Cheerful yellow walls and red gingham curtains serve as a perfect backdrop for all of the 50’s and diner memorabilia.  The red table is such a great focal point that adds to the diner theme.

One major change in this space was replacing the single window on the end wall with a double window.   The ‘wood’ floor is vinyl–easy to clean!

The Drive In ticket in the photo below is from The Trianon, where my mom actually worked!  Isn’t that so fun???

The hamburger and fries ‘meal’ was ordered online from a restaurant supply website.

The kitchen is filled with more diner decor.

For the keyholder, we added cuphooks to a painted  board.  The bottle caps add some fun.

We painted the backsplash in the kitchen with chalkboard paint so that Mom can add ‘menu items’ to the wall.

Dishwashing soap and hand soap are kept in mustard and ketchup bottles, while the dish scrubber sits in an A&W mug.

The wallpaper border was our ‘inspiration piece’- It has a fun 50’s feel to it.

Frames hold class rings and actual photos of my parents from high school.  I love how these things make the room so personal while adding the perfect 50’s vibe.

45RPM records make great wall decorations!  The jukebox replica and original Wassell’s Dance poster echo the wallpaper ‘sockhop’ theme.

The metal sign on the refrigerator is painted with chalkboard paint so the message can be updated.   Magnets placed behind the sign hold it firmly in place.

I am still amazed when I look at the BEFORE and AFTER photos of these wonderful rooms!  The rest of the rooms are just as great so you can be sure I will be sharing more of this wonderful home!!!


Designing a Photo Wall

Designing a Photo Wall

A large grouping of photos or art can be difficult to arrange but here are a few tips to make the task a bit easier.


First of all, gather all of the photos and frames that you might want to use and lay them out on the floor.  Play around with different arrangements until you find something that you like.  Use a tape measure so that your design will correspond with the size of the wall space.


When you have a design that you like TAKE A PHOTO of it with your digital camera so that you can refer back to it as you are working on the wall.

Arrange your photos on the floor.

Next, take some heavy craft paper and trace outlines of all of your frames or accent pieces.    (I didn’t have heavy paper…and I am impatient…so I used wrapping paper instead.  I recommend using the heavier paper because it is much easier to work with on the wall.)

Tape templates onto your wall.

A thrifty way to unify the look of your frames is to paint them all the same color.  I used a satin black spray paint.

Painting frames the same color can unify the design.

Awesome tip:  Pound tacks into the back of the frames to elevate them while they are being painted.  No more sticking to your drop cloth or having puddles of paint stuck to the edges.

Elevate the frames with tacks to make painting quick and easy.


ANOTHER awesome tip:  To locate the exact location of your frame hanging hardware, use your printer and photocopy the back of the frame.

If the frame is larger than the scanning surface of the printer, only copy the portion of the frame where the hanger is located.  Then tape the image to your original template to show where the hardware is located.

Copy the back of your frame using your printer.
Frame too large? Just copy the end with the hanger and tape it to the larger outline of the frame.


Position your templates on the wall using painters tape or masking tape.  I used a level to make sure everything was lining up correctly.

Position templates exactly where you want them.


You can put the nails or screws right through the template.

Nail right through the template!


Then tear off the paper template and hang your frame!


JUST right!



This template method makes designing a photo wall really easy.  You can even do it by yourself!  No need to bribe a friend to help hold frames on the wall while you spend hours debating if it’s ‘right’.  Your friends will thank you.  Trust me on this one.

I am not calling this wall finished just yet.  I am thinking of adding a very narrow bench.  And maybe even bring some of the wood element to the top of the wall with a wooden sign of some sort.  We’ll see!

Now it just needs a little bench…and maybe a plant? =)