Alice’s picture perfect yellow Geneva kitchen… pink bathroom…and blue bathroom — a festival of 50s cheer

Alice\'s yellow Geneva kitchen

Alice\'s blue 50s bathroom

Alice\'s pink 50s bathroom

Sleeping Bee Alice writes:

Hello, I am a novice retrorenovator…and am loving your website.

My husband and I are leaving our modern, brand-spanking new customized kitchen for a charming 1950’s yellow Geneva kitchen in a home that we have fallen in love with. I’m having trouble thinking through the “enhancement” of the kitchen…the cabinets are in great shape and we really like the look…we have to replace the outdated wallpaper, bad flooring and yellow countertops. The fridge was gone.

I really enjoyed all the pink kitchens pictures…any such resources for yellow kitchens? (Pale, maize yellow.)

For future thought, we are also inheriting three fabulous tiled bathrooms…one pink, one blue, one aqua…will be looking here for complimentary design ideas for those as well…no gutting going on here!


No — thank you, Alice! For all the wonderful photos — and for letting us know, another sweetheart of a middle class mid-century home is being saved. Hallelujah!

Since this is already a long post, what with all the photos, you’ll get some suggestions tomorrow!

  1. MaryE says:

    I don’t know how I missed this post the first time around! My goodness, what a treasure of a home! I don’t like to cook, but even I am envious of that stainless 7 burner cooktop. And the bathrooms? Be still, my heart. Channeling Scarlett O’Hara, I can say I’m absolutely pea-green with envy.

  2. Joanne says:

    Hi Alice. OMG – couldn’t believe it when I saw your pink bathroom. I am restoring a little stone cottage on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Blowing Rock, NC – built in 1958. You have my exact pink tub and pink wall tile. My pink floor tile is different than yours, but pink all the same! A previous owner replaced the pink sink and toilet with white. The walls above the pink tile were painted baby blue – looked more like a nursery than a bathroom! I painted the walls a wonderful cream color called “Mayonnaise” by Ben Moore. It really makes the pink look fabulous. I’m absolutely not a pink person – so coming from me that’s a real compliment. My pink countertop is very, very worn and will need to be replaced – thinking of some kind of cream colored stone. Any thoughts?

  3. pam kueber says:

    In general, our little midcentury modest houses tend to have… modest… finishes. Therefore, if you need to replace a countertop you might first consider laminate. That tends to suit the original finishes, I think… To see all my stories about retro laminates — see Kitchens/Countertops category

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