Our house was built in 1976, and when we bought it in 1993, it had never been updated AT ALL! We spent Mother’s Day ripping out chocolate shag carpet and the next two weeks taking things down to the bones. All that the budget would allow for the kitchen was new wallpaper and new flooring. The cabinets were sound and the ceramic tile counters and backsplash were acceptable. Fast forward to 2012 when a young guest at a shower I was giving declared my kitchen “retro”! With the help of the folks at Lowe’s, we gutted the kitchen and three years later, I still love it..