Latest Discussions : Home Design


02:51PM | 05/07/01
Member Since: 05/06/01
1 lifetime posts
My husband and I just bought a ranch style house cira 1950 with the ugliest yellow metal cabinets in the kitchen. We will eventually replace them with the wood variety, but I desperately need help with what do do with them in the temporary to bring them up to date, they have fun funky silver handles. Any one have any tips or ideas for me? We had planned on doing red slate/gray grout on the floors, stainless appliances and grey granite countertops. Can anyone help me?

Jay J

04:48PM | 05/07/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Bodi,

Perhaps you can stencil or faux paint them for the time being. Since you're replacing them, I wouldn't spend TOO much time on them.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: Visit your local Paint Retailer (found in the YELLOW PAGES under PAINT - RETAIL) and ask them for more advice and material. Bring in a door if you can.


04:48PM | 05/07/01
Member Since: 05/02/01
3 lifetime posts
Wow, your floor and countertop sound great, and really high end, especially with the stainless appliances. In my opinion it seems like a shame to mix them with th 50 year old "Youngstown" metal cabinets. I am familiar with them, I have some in the laundry and garage that used to be in the kitchen. Most of the neighbors have some too. But in my experience they were all white initially. Perhaps yours were painted in the 70's when Harvest Gold and Avocado were popular. You might try painting them, also I have used the adhesive backed contact paper on some that I placed in back of a wet bar. But my advice would be to try to find a way to install new cabinets to match what sounds like a great kitchen concept.


03:21PM | 02/26/02
Member Since: 02/25/02
1 lifetime posts
I'm interested in redoing my 40's wood kitchen cabinets with metal Youngstown Mullens cabinets. I'm in the Chicago area. If you are nearby email me at

Shirley Poss

07:57AM | 04/29/02
Member Since: 04/28/02
3 lifetime posts
It appears to me that you want to do your kitchen in a professional stainless steel look. Why not try to update their existing look by removing the handles and repainting the cabinets with a stainless steel paint / color. I repainted mine on the outside then repainted the inside in black and red checks inside.


02:00PM | 10/23/02
Member Since: 10/21/02
9 lifetime posts
If I am correct in assuming that your cabinets are just a flat metal front, what about painting an abstract design across the largest run of cabinets? I'm thinking of something like interlocking circles and rectangles, kind of a la the geometrically-patterned fabric of the 50s. If you did this in very muted colors, perhaps shades of one or two colors (to match the slate), you might have something you'd want to keep afterall! I would use a good metal paint, such as Rustoleum.


09:38PM | 02/04/13
I would not do red and gray on the flooring try to put dark hardwood flooring inthe kitchen so pretty and this would stand out it would look nice

Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button