Here is my mom in the kitchen circa mid 1970's. This is the way I most remember it growing up. The metal St. Charles cabinets were almond on the bottom and cream on the uppers. The counters were laminate with a boomerang pattern and trimmed in stainless steel.
By the time I got a hold of the kitchen, things had changed a bit.
My parents had all the cabinets painted cream (late 70's), The cool formica was replaced with beige formica which matches the beige tile floor. It was a symphony in beige.
I updated the back splash is a modern, but retro look. I put in a new gas range instead of the electric that was there before. I was able to keep the cool hubcap style exhaust fan.
The counter tops are Silestone quartz in expo grey.
All the appliances are new, like this cool Bosch dishwasher which is so quiet that you can't tell it's even on unless the red light on the floor is glowing! The floors are now a dark grey rectangular tile.
Finally a burst of color with the orange accent wall.
The new light fixture is a sputnik type chandelier, and the eat in table and chairs are from Ikea. Yes, they came in boxes and yes, I put them together!
Here is my daughter recreating her Grandma in the kitchen!