Vintage Kitchen Appliances

Vintage Kitchen Appliances

For a charming kitchen, the curves and happy color palette of vintage and retro appliances beat stainless steel every time. But where do you find these appliances? And what about restoring vintage stoves and refrigerators? Is the cost worth it? Join us as we answer these questions, and get inspired by some delightful examples of vintage and vintage-look appliances in Houzz kitchens.
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Vintage Kitchen Appliances

Charmean Neithart Interiors Vintage or retro — what’s the difference? Vintage appliances are genuine original models; generally the most coveted are from the 1940s to early 1960s. They may be refurbished to glossy perfection or bear the scuffs and scratches of many years of use. Retro appliances, on the other hand, are new models created to look like favorite designs from years past.Restoration source: The stove shown here is a vintage Wedgewood, restored by Chuck’s Appliance Service in South Pasadena, California. Search your local listings for an appliance service — the longer it has been in business, the better.
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Vintage Kitchen Appliances

Vintage or retro — what’s the difference? Vintage appliances are genuine original models; generally the most coveted are from the 1940s to early 1960s. They may be refurbished to glossy perfection or bear the scuffs and scratches of many years of use. Retro appliances, on the other hand, are new models created to look like favorite designs from years past.Restoration source: The stove shown here is a vintage Wedgewood, restored by Chuck’s Appliance Service in South Pasadena, California. Search your local listings for an appliance service — the longer it has been in business, the better.
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Vintage Kitchen Appliances

Being a 1932 human being whose early years were populated with a few of the ‘modern appliances’ of that period, I can really relate to your excellent coverage of them! In town, we had an ‘ice box’ at least till I was in school. Can’t remember exactly when we had any other. Of course, all summer every year, we were at the ranch where there was no electricity till I was 11 or so, and we never got appliances out there while my folks commuted to it. When my brother moved there after WWII, he installed a few appliances.
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Vintage Kitchen Appliances

Being a 1932 human being whose early years were populated with a few of the ‘modern appliances’ of that period, I can really relate to your excellent coverage of them! In town, we had an ‘ice box’ at least till I was in school. Can’t remember exactly when we had any other. Of course, all summer every year, we were at the ranch where there was no electricity till I was 11 or so, and we never got appliances out there while my folks commuted to it. When my brother moved there after WWII, he installed a few appliances.When I first married in 1954, we lived in a furnished cottage with a Magic Chef gas stove like the one you’ve pictured! It was a great stove and I made some good food on and in it! I guess the landlord was like the mom in your video who wouldn’t relinquish her 1930 refrigerator with the enamelware ‘hydrators’.This is a delightful trip back through the years, Dolores! Thank you!
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Vintage Kitchen Appliances

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo PRO Kitchen Magic These vintage stoves are so cool! We have been asked to convert old dressers into a vanity on occasion. A cool idea for repurposing an antique or hand-me-down item. Vintage is really taking off again. We are always asked for traditional options and then the homeowner will mix and match, making the deisgn ‘transitional’. which is a fun way of saying “mix n match” styles. Giving the new design classic elements as a base and then making it your own is what makes every remodel unique to the homeowners. When the kitchen needs an update, it’s best to lay out a plan for the major work and chosen materials. Then sprinkle in ‘your treasures’ to make it your very own Here is an example of an antique refrigerator that our customer said was her inspiration to the whole kitchen. The kitchen is in New England, so I definitely see tell-tale elements of the area. Its a great find and I see why they love it! 1 Like March 8, 2016 at 11:40AM
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Vintage Kitchen Appliances

Kitchen Magic These vintage stoves are so cool! We have been asked to convert old dressers into a vanity on occasion. A cool idea for repurposing an antique or hand-me-down item. Vintage is really taking off again. We are always asked for traditional options and then the homeowner will mix and match, making the deisgn ‘transitional’. which is a fun way of saying “mix n match” styles. Giving the new design classic elements as a base and then making it your own is what makes every remodel unique to the homeowners. When the kitchen needs an update, it’s best to lay out a plan for the major work and chosen materials. Then sprinkle in ‘your treasures’ to make it your very own Here is an example of an antique refrigerator that our customer said was her inspiration to the whole kitchen. The kitchen is in New England, so I definitely see tell-tale elements of the area. Its a great find and I see why they love it! 1 Like March 8, 2016 at 11:40AM
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Vintage Kitchen Appliances

Kitchen Magic These vintage stoves are so cool! We have been asked to convert old dressers into a vanity on occasion. A cool idea for repurposing an antique or hand-me-down item. Vintage is really taking off again. We are always asked for traditional options and then the homeowner will mix and match, making the deisgn ‘transitional’. which is a fun way of saying “mix n match” styles. Giving the new design classic elements as a base and then making it your own is what makes every remodel unique to the homeowners. When the kitchen needs an update, it’s best to lay out a plan for the major work and chosen materials. Then sprinkle in ‘your treasures’ to make it your very own Here is an example of an antique refrigerator that our customer said was her inspiration to the whole kitchen. The kitchen is in New England, so I definitely see tell-tale elements of the area. Its a great find and I see why they love it!
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Chr DAUER Architects Know your vintage brands. When you are shopping for a vintage appliance, familiarize yourself with some of the most popular brands from the period that interests you. Shown here is a fully restored vintage Magic Chef stove. Other brands to watch for include Wedgewood, Hotpoint, Chambers and Frigidaire.
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Know your vintage brands. When you are shopping for a vintage appliance, familiarize yourself with some of the most popular brands from the period that interests you. Shown here is a fully restored vintage Magic Chef stove. Other brands to watch for include Wedgewood, Hotpoint, Chambers and Frigidaire.
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These vintage stoves are so cool! We have been asked to convert old dressers into a vanity on occasion. A cool idea for repurposing an antique or hand-me-down item. Vintage is really taking off again. We are always asked for traditional options and then the homeowner will mix and match, making the deisgn ‘transitional’. which is a fun way of saying “mix n match” styles. Giving the new design classic elements as a base and then making it your own is what makes every remodel unique to the homeowners. When the kitchen needs an update, it’s best to lay out a plan for the major work and chosen materials. Then sprinkle in ‘your treasures’ to make it your very own Here is an example of an antique refrigerator that our customer said was her inspiration to the whole kitchen. The kitchen is in New England, so I definitely see tell-tale elements of the area. Its a great find and I see why they love it!
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Despite the economic calamity of the Great Depression, the modern world of the 20th century and the new Electronic Age moved ahead. In the 1930s, electronic products came into the home in the form of convenient kitchen appliances. Homemakers rode on the cutting edge of technology as products like gas stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, electric irons, and vacuum cleaners created a demand for electricity. Generating plants that provided power for commercial use developed in the late 19th century. In 1896, Niagara Falls heralded hydroelectric power for cities. Electric street cars began to replace horse drawn vehicles. In 1904, The St. Louis World’s Fair introduced electrical plugs and wall outlets for the home. By the mid 1920s, 60% of homes in the United States had electric power which was promoted as clean, safe, and efficient. Electronic products promised to reduce house work and to replace reliance on domestic servants. By 1925, a stand alone, self contained refrigerator was available for home use, but was very expensive. By the late 20’s, refrigerators began to replace the ice box. The cumbersome and sometimes dangerous early refrigerators which used toxic gasses that resulted in poisoning and explosions were replaced by the Freon compressor in 1929. By 1935, refrigerator sales rose to 1.6 million per year. (Though my grandfather complained that nothing really chilled beer like an ice box) Though rural areas were slightly behind the curve, the Roosevelt Administration pushed for a widening of the electric grid in the belief that available electricity was important for commerce. Despite the high unemployment rate (24%) and a general decrease in in overall wages, the new technologies were here to stay. Ads for electric appliances appeared in ladies’ magazines touting their products as being economic and scientific. Words like “automatic” were introduced into the popular lexicon and housework was never the same again. Here are several ads from the Spring 1932 Ladies’ Home Journal Magazine. (Images are in the public domain as they are over 70 years old)

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