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So It Begins…

We finally bought a house! It is a 1955 mid-century modern house in Lortondale, a mid-century modern neighborhood built between 1954 and 1956 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The house has three bedrooms, 1 & ½ baths, and a single-car carport. It also has an add-on in the back – yes, an add-on! I know it’s probably a big “no-no” for most enthusiasts who prefer 100% original floor plan, but I had to compromise a quite bit to comfortably accommodate our dogs.

Lortondale Home

The exterior doesn’t have a great curb appeal, but I think it will look nicer after some updating. I’m thinking about doing some landscaping and painting the siding, beams, and trims in period correct colors. I am going to update a porch light, door, and hardware as well.

Original Parquet Flooring

The first thing I did after closing was to rip out the old carpet in the bedrooms. Each bedroom has the original 9 x 9 oak parquet flooring. I am going to have them refinished to their original glory.

The infamous Pink Room

The entire house is painted in the same “almond” yellowish color (all walls, ceilings, and trim – except two bedrooms which are painted in PINK!). I am picking some colors from Sherwin Williams “Suburban Modern” paint palette.


The living room also has a carpet. Unfortunately, I didn’t find the original flooring under the carpet. I can’t have light colored carpet with two bulimic (?) cats! My plan was to either just have a concrete floor or install cork flooring – until I found 400 square feet worth of the same parquet flooring on eBay. My husband and I drove all the way to Dallas to get them. I am going to prep the floor and install the parquet tiles myself.


The kitchen needs a major makeover. I’d like to restore the original look. The original Lortondale kitchens featured cabinets with sliding doors and laminate “boomerang” pattern countertops in charcoal. My cabinets are original except the doors. So I am planning on installing sliding doors back on and update the counter top with today’s reproduction of Formica’s Charcoal Boomerang countertop.

Original Nutone Hood

The original “Nutone” range hood is still intact. I would like to update the appliances to stainless steel ones.

Original Bath Cabinet

The full bath room features the original cabinet and sink painted in… the same almond color! I am going to keep them, but probably install a new medicine cabinet, light fixture and hardware. I am not sure what to do with the floor tiles yet.

One of the Infamous Light Fixtures

The entire light fixtures need update. I looked on eBay for a while for vintage mid-century modern light fixtures, but decided to buy all new fixtures from Rejuvenation’s Mid-Century Modern Collection.

We are not quite ready to move in yet – as you can tell, the house needs a lot of work. More updates to come, so stay tuned 🙂

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3 Responses to “So It Begins…”

  1. Anne Tayloron 17 May 2012 at 10:24 am

    Truly a gem from the mid-century! If you are looking for some authentic period pieces you should make the trek back to Dallas in June for the 20th Century Design auction at Heritage…..a lot of Deco and Art Nouveau will be represented, but also true inspiration from 1958 in the classic Jacobsen chairs! http://fineart.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=5104&lotIdNo=59001

  2. Evan Maieron 03 Sep 2012 at 1:49 pm

    My wife and I just bought a house built in ’55 and we have an almost identical range hood. The only difference is it says “ventilator” right below NUTONE . I’m wondering what you did with yours and how much you think it would sale for.

  3. adminon 15 Sep 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Evan – I am keeping my range food and hoping to find the orignal stove (or similar) to complement the hood. I have no clue how much it sells for…

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