Updating vintage appliances

” asked Dion Neutra, seated in his 1950 Silver Lake home designed by his father, Richard Neutra.

Have you ever looked at your dishwasher, or your fridge, or the washer and dryer in your home and thought, “I sure wish you were a little prettier”?

Well, you don’t have to wish if you’re willing to put in a little elbow grease and time, and maybe get a little creative.

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It's not that you can't have the things we have come to expect in a modern kitchen, it's merely that a screamingly modern kitchen in a historic house causes severe cognitive dissonance.

The first "modern" kitchens, in the sense that they had stoves, refrigeration, electricity and indoor plumbing, came about in the latter half of the 19th century.Renovating a classic home — when the notable architect is deceased — was not a barrier for a buyer of a John Lautner residence.He simply conjured the spirit of Lautner and his otherworldly opinions via a series of seances.“That’s not as silly as it sounds,” said Barry Sloane of Sotheby’s International, who represented the buyer. What: Gave their old cabinets a stylish yet frugal makeover."We wanted to keep some of the original retro details such as the stainless-steel sink and metal cabinets," says homeowner Nick Macke.That's the initial reason why he and his partner, Ted Moss, decided to go with mostly surface updates to their kitchen.

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