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Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Look At The Past-My First Kitchen

I stumbled across this picture online and almost fainted.  This is exactly what my first kitchen looked like in my first house.  



Exact layout, exact everything.  I think it must be from the model home or something.  In l957 I bought my first house.  I was 17 years old and it was a brand new 1006 sq.  3 bdrm 1 & 1/2 bathroom home for $10,500.  I had my choice of pink appliances or turquoise appliances, and I chose the pink.  I thought this was the prettiest kitchen in the whole world.  This was such a treat to see a picture of it.  I was definitely living in style.

What was your first home like?

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54 comments:

  1. Loved seeing the same style kitchen as your first. Can you imagine if you had picked turquoise? Back in style again (ish).
    Joy

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  2. Pretty in pink! My first house, was already my husbands when we got married. It had avocado appliances...

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  3. Marty the house I grew up in was built in1956 and it came with the turquoise. This looks just like the wall oven that we had too! The main bathroom is in this pink and a blue color is in the little master bathroom. They upgraded in the 70's and went to coppertone appliances. I believe there's was around 1575 sq ft and they paid $19,600 for it! Woohoo now that's a down payment for some homes! Our first home that we bought was a new tri-level that we had built. It was a choice between two floor plans, no choice on the kitchen cupboards, and the cheapest carpet available! Lol... but it felt good to own our home!

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  4. Marty,
    My first tiny apartment in Riverdale, MD, suburb of Washington, D.C., had a pink stove, not nearly as pretty as these wall ovens. The kitchen was about a six-foot square u-shaped bump onto the living room. I could stand at the stove and turn around without taking a step to get things out of the refrigerator. The sink was in a counter between the stove and fridge.

    Judith

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  5. I would've chosen pink too! I am actually diggin' the pink oven, but I don't think my husband would want one!

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  6. Marty,
    How fun to think back on your first kitchen. I would have picked pink too. Wow $10,500 for your first home. You cannot even buy a car for that now! Our first house was bought in the 80's and we had a choice of brown or Ivory. We had the brown appliances. Our first home cost $66,000 dollars. Oh how I loved that little house.
    Kris

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  7. Oh, Marty - what fun!! My first house had Harvest Gold appliances. I was in the Avocado and Harvest Gold generation! I saw Liz's comment and my mother had copper appliances in one of our houses in the mid-sixties. I am so happy to have Stainless Steel appliances and not have to think about colors any more!

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  8. Hi Marty! Oh,what a darling kitchen and it would still be cute today. The pink is so sweet! Poke in some turquoise and it would be a charmer! My first kitchen was not bigger than a closet - stand in front of the stove, turn around and there was the fridge! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia;)

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  9. Oh, does that bring back memories when I was growing up! I love looking at vintage homes and appliances. When I first married, we built our home in 1978. Our appliances were all the harvest gold and dark cabinets!

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  10. How sweet. The house I grew up in was a 1960's ranch with 3BR and 2 bath (that's with 5 kids, too!) We had the same oven, only it was the copper/orange color. The small bath had the exact same pink tile as in this kitchen! Not sure how my mom did it with 5 kids, there was barely enough room to move in that kitchen! xoKathleen

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  11. It's darling! Now one can buy Vikings and Smegs in those colors!

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  12. What a hoot! My mother had the turquoise version of it when I was little. Circa 1960'ish. She LOVED her kitchen too! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. My first home after we married was a duplex apartment in Jacksonville, N.C. We were in the Marine Corps. The apartment was pretty old and drafty and sparsely furnished, but to me, with my husband home from the battlefields of Vietnam, it was heaven on earth!

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  14. My daughter would love that pink kitchen! We bought our first house in 1977. I can't remember what year it had been built, but our living room was paneled, if that gives you any clue. Our appliances were avocado green. Our only bathroom also had green tile. Thanks for the memories.

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  15. Oh my goodness, things sure have changed, haven't they? What a pretty in pink kitchen!

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  16. Wow - so much has happened since bought first house I have forgotten so many details. Think appliances were white (?) - need to see if have any old pics. Do know paid $23,190 late 60's - that amount has stuck in my mind for some reason. Probably because that was a lot of money "back then" and the value climbed steadily afterwards. Before the market dropped so bad few years ago, it had an estimated value in $400,000 range. Excellent example of "location, location, location". Not sure what it is estimated at now.
    This post has sent me on a mission - I need to get nosy :-D

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  17. I've never seen a pink kitchen before. I didn't know pink was ever an option for a kitchen. I've seen it in bathrooms. I don't have any pictures of my first kitchen, but I remember it well.
    Cindy

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  18. OMG sweet lady...you bought your own house at 17, I am sooo very impressed!!! I loved the pink retro kitchen you had, even now it looks great! My first kitchen at my parents house was very small, but cute. In my own house with hubby it was a huge and fabulous kitchen in our past guge house. Now I love mine, not big, but perfect! I will have to look for a pic somewhere.
    Have a lovely Sunday,
    FABBY

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  19. Wow, I'm impressed with you purchasing a new home in your teens! So does not surprise me now that I'm thinking about it! You are one amazing lady!

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  20. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    I've never seen a pink kitchen before!! That's awesome :0)
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    PS LOVE the grain sacks ! Count me in!
    Have a relaxing Sunday,
    Suzanne

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  21. Oh Marty, how fun to see this picture! I love it!! My mother-in-law had turquoise appliances in her first house. :) I think the layout of this kitchen is good. They say the "U" shape is the most efficient layout for kitchens, and I love, love the big window over the sink.

    Our first house was a 1924 Sears Craftsman bungalow. I loved the house, but it was severely lacking in storage -- tiny closets, tiny garage, and no basement. It did have a pretty little yard though, full of wonderful old flowers and shrubs.

    Thanks for sharing, Marty -- visiting from Seasonal Sundays.

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  22. This is my first home. Every morning when I wake up I thank God for it! It sometimes feels as if I am dreaming!
    One of the foster homes I lived in had a pink kitchen...and poodle towels hanging from the handle on the oven door.
    xo

    Andie

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  23. Oh my gosh, I am in love with it!! I have such a fascination with all things 1950s --lifestyle, atomic age, fashions, and all things pink or aqua. Oh Marty, how wonderful you experienced it as a young woman. It's really hot right now too. Love it...thanks for sharing that!!

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  24. Oh, Marty, I loved this picture and hearing your memories of your pink kitchen! My first kitchen was in the 1970's...faux red brick linoleum floor, harvest gold counter tops, dark wood cabinets, gold and white checked wallpaper...I thought it rocked:-)
    This was a fun post. Cheryl

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  25. I must say, my choice would have been PINK too! I grew up in a house that had the turquoise appliances...even the kitchen cabinets were turquoise metal. I'm happy to have Stainless Steel and Black appliances...but my walls are pink now! ♥

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  26. I had no idea that there were pink and turquoise appliances...ever. My parents were married in 1950 but they lived in anapartment that my grandparents owned. They had their first home in 1959, a year before I was born and I just don't remember the appliances. If they were pink I know I would have! lol! How neat Marty! Thank you for sharing! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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  27. My kitchen looked a lot like this layout with the same large window over the sink, but my appliances were tan. It still has one bathroom and we raised three girls. The only bathroom had yellow tile. A few years ago I updated to stainless and granite. We bought our house in 72 and I am still happy here.

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  28. Oh...I love that kitchen!!! I'd be happy in that kitchen now!!!! I lived in apartments for years and years and years. The house I am in now is my first house kitchen. Although I lived for a few years in a rental home. But I hated that kitchen so it doesn't count. Love love love your first kitchen!

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  29. I wished ours looked that nice. We said we would redo it, but after 18 years there we never did. I loved the knotty pine kitchen in this house, but after 15 years we are going to redo it this year.

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  30. I LOVE the PINK appliances. I would have them now if it were possible. Our first home 1967 had avocado green. YUCK!!!Then the next house had off beige. I now have white. I am a PINK person. It just makes me feel good.

    Charlotte Moore

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  31. oh my gosh. how cute is that.. it woud be right in style today too..

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  32. Gotta love those old kitchen colors, I do have to admit we still have our harvest gold bathtub but I hide it very well. LOL We redid the bathroom but the tub was in such good shape we did not want to get into that whole thing.

    I love those grain sacks, hoping I see my name soon. LOL that would be cool. :-)

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  33. A darling kitchen...since you and I are about the same age...I was 18 in '57, I've seen lots of kitchens like this one. :)
    xo bj

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  34. First, I think I am most impressed with the fact that you bought a house when you were 17 years old.

    This kitchen is pretty still -- wonder if it still looks like this. When I was a teen, one of my mother's friends built a new house, and she had every thing in it pink, which was not too surprising since she collected Victorian antiques avidly and much of her glassware and fabrication was pink and blue.

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  35. When I married my first husband at 17, he was in the Army, stationed in Alabama. We lived off base in a mobile home park. This was in 1969. The little mobile home had pink appliances in the kitchen, sink, stove, refrigerator, and the rubber tile on the floor was black with pink specks!!! Back then, being so young and broke, it was perfect, not much bigger than a small camper. I kept those floors, waxed to a high sheen! Young love.............. :) Thanks for jogging my memory! Pink appliances, I didn't even realize how "uptown" we were!!

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  36. I'd love to have those pink appliances today - how pretty they are !!!
    I was a late bloomer when it came to buying a house ( I can't tell you how impressed I am that you bought one at 17 !!! )
    But haven't stopped since - I fix them up - and move on lol - they always need lots of love when I first buy them
    XOXOX

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  37. I love it! First home was purchased in 1959 and I had similar colors! So funny to look back isn't it? When we were finally able to buy a dryer, it was pink! :)

    Hope you have a wonderful week ~

    xo
    Pat

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  38. Such a darling kitchen! I can't believe the price! This reminds me of a pink bathroom that was in a cottage style home that a family friend purchased! They didn't care for it and tore it out! It broke my heart!

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  39. That is so fun that you found this, Marty, and what a step back in time! We bought our first home in 1970, I was 21 and pregnant with our first child. We lived in Bremerton, WA, where most days were rainy and dismal, and our home had wood floors, dark paneled walls, a 20' wall of windows looking out on one of the bays (which we were way too young to appreciate), and a dark kitchen with bronze-tone appliances. It was actually a very workable u-shaped kitchen with a wall oven, range top, and lazy susans in both corner cabinets -- probably fairly upscale for the time, but it was so very dark. Not terribly conducive to a young married lady just learning to cook and be a mom!

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  40. Hi lovely lady.
    Your first kitchen was so sweet with the Pretty pink! My first house was 900 sq ft but it was home.. My kitchen was maybe 11 by10 and I also had avocado appliances... We only paid $7.500 and this was back in the sixty' s and the tax's only $67.00 a year. was in Vero Beach, Fla.

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  41. What FUN Marty...love those pink appliances! So enjoyed seeing your first kitchen. My first kitchen was just like our current one...tiny! I can't wait to get this remodel done so I have some space to work! Thanks so much for coming to share at Amaze Me Monday...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  42. That is amazing Marty that you bought your first house at 17! The pink kitchen is great. Isn't it fun to see how styles change? One day we may be back to pink kitchens, you never know!

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  43. What a lovely kitchen, I actually like the light colours... You already had great taste, even if it has evolved! My first home was a tiny studio in Paris of 205 square meters! But I was in Paris, was happy and it was the very first place I entirely redecorated which left my parents completely amazed!

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  44. What a great giveaway Marty! Thanks!

    As for the kitchen, yes, I remember our first one, not as cute as yours no pink at all, generic white appliances and oak cabinets. Love all the memories of course. thanks for sharing this wonderful memory!

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  45. I would love that kitchen right now. How did you ever buy a house at 17? I am so impressed & I love that big window. Do you wish you still had the house? We bought our first house when we were 22 and it had those cabinets, but not the appliances. I guess they had been upgraded by the 70's. We had a big window like that and I sat there all the time. And I do wish we still had that house - but not the neighborhood it's in.

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  46. You bought your first home at age 17? Wow, good for you!! That's amazing and your parents must have been so proud of you! Those appliances look vintage...and you had double wall ovens!
    I saw you sharing at Our Sunday Best Showcase.
    Debbie :)

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  47. What a lovely kitchen how neat to see it again!

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  48. I LOVE it Marty, Pink is back! Buying your first at 17!!! That's amazing! Thanks for sharing!
    :)
    Cindy@GlassSlipperRestorations

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  49. Love it...great blast from the past!

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  50. Oh my gosh! A pink, vintage kitchen! I love it!

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  51. I think it's awesome!! Me...I might have went with the turquoise! LOL What a great feeling it must have been to see this pic. Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!

    Shelly
    Minettesmaze.blogspot.com

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  52. I found your blog through the Sunday Best Showcase. That's such a sweet kitchen and I can't believe you bought your first home at 17. I can see why it would be special!

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  53. That's fun seeing something from your past! LOVE! I actually really like the pink! :D

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  54. The pink of this kitchen caught my eye, scrolling through the DIY Party links. Love it! My first kitchen was a 1920's house (still my favorite house ever!) We redid the kitchen, but tried to keep the period vintage look, with lots of black and white checker patterns in linoleum, backsplash, etc. I'm glad I found your blog!

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