Atomic Ranch - - Atomick­itchens -

The home­own­ers orig­i­nally in­tended to do a few up­dates— new car­pet­ing on the stairs, new ap­pli­ances, new fur­ni­ture— but Vicki con­vinced them of what was pos­si­ble if they re­turned the home to its orig­i­nal glory. The early 2000s kitchen was a great place to start.

“I felt that we could do some mod­i­fi­ca­tions, tak­ing out the most ob­jec­tion­able of­fenses, and, with mas­ter car­pen­try and paint, we could do won­ders in this kitchen and be in­ten­tion­ally pe­riod- ap­pro­pri­ate with those de­sign de­ci­sions,” Vicki says. “So, for ex­am­ple, in­stead of re­plac­ing the Shaker- style cab­i­net doors, we filled them in, mak­ing them flat panel. Luck­ily, the hinges were al­ready ex­posed. We changed out the knobs. We stripped off the ugly curved trim atop all the cab­i­nets and there­fore ex­posed the pan­eled walls and ceil­ing.”

The kitchen, liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas were suc­cess­fully re­habbed over the course of eight months. The re­vi­tal­iza­tion of this Mid Cen­tury Modern home is still a work in progress, ac­cord­ing to Abby and Rick. The home­own­ers have a wish list they will be work­ing with Vicki to com­plete.

“Knowl­edge of MCM is ad­dic­tive/ ex­pen­sive,” the home­own­ers say. “We would love to cor­rect all the Crafts­man bits added to the ex­te­rior and con­tinue the MCM back­dates to the main bed­room and bath.”

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