• Greatest hits: The 50 most popular stories about renovating a 40s, 50s, 60s or 70s house

    1946 pyrex kitchen

    Measuring the popularity of stories on the blog is a very inexact science. What makes for “popular?” The number of comments? The number of views? The amount of time readers actually spend reading the story? And how do I adjust these for growing readership? Heck. For this first scannola, I’ll make it easy, and spotlight the top-50, most-clicked-on stories since 2007. What lures you in? Paint colors. Vintage drainboard sinks. Bathroom tile. Vintage wallpaper. Curb appeal. Oh – and Nora and her time capsule house :) .

    The posts with the most views, by category:

    Readers’ Houses & Time Capsules:

    Retro Paint Colors:

    For Kitchen Renovations:

    For Bathroom Renovations:

    Vintage-style Wallpaper and Accessories:

    Other Rooms:

    Improving Curb Appeal:

    Mid-century Architecture, History, and This ‘n That:

    Readers, do you remember the exact first story
    you ever found and read on Retro Renovation?
    What were you looking for, that brought you here?

     

     

     

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    Comments

    1. I happily stumbled across your site when I “GoOgLeD” something like ‘old 1940′s kitchens,’ ‘time capsule houses,’ something like that.. so happy I did!! Awesome site — Thank you so much!

    2. Found this site today after a friend sent me a link to the story about that guy Cullen and his amazing apartment. Neat site. I’m not sure what is more amazing – all the great photos of stuff I like or how everyone who comments seems to be named Sarah, Heather or Betty. =)

    3. I found Retro Renovation because I’m researching my parents’ belongings. They both passed away in 2009 & I want to find new loving homes for their retro stuff (a 1959 bedroom set, a 1970′s avocado/green glass hanging lamp, vintage Drexel furniture, lots of kitchen stuff & more). I’m happy to see so many people love the stuff & value its history… finding good retro homes for their possessions is more important to me than the money!

    4. MCM is Grand says:

      OK…personal confession time…I came across this site because I was planning to GUT the pink bathroom when we purchased our 1955 home…but soon realized that was neither a wise nor affordable option (and still is not), so instead I decided to replace some of the chipped tile……I googled “pink tile” and VOILA! Up pops retrorenovation and along with it, a new appreciation of all things MCM..

      Now, three years later, I am bragging about our pink bathroom, and of course this site is my first stop when I check my favorite blogs each day…(PS I will share more once I finally complete the period-appropriate renovations…..)
      THANK YOU PAM!

    5. I found this site while looking for ideas for renovating the kitchen in my 1938 home. The first article I read was http://retrorenovation.com/2010/03/17/linoleum-floors-and-countertops-brighten-up-dave-frances-1938-kitchen/
      I love the way this kitchen has been done up. I still have no idea what I am going to do with my own kitchen, mostly because I live in Newfoundland, Canada and am not able to get most things I need to remodel the kitchen. The kitchen was renovated at some point since it has gold painted cabinets and a stainless double sink with laminate floors. I would love to use a deep blue as the main colour in my ‘new’ kitchen with white cabinets but it may be a while yet before I get that far.

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