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    Need kitchen design, remodeling and decorating ideas? I am continuously researching products and decor suitable for a midcentury, vintage or retro style kitchen makeover. All my stories start below. Important: You can easily narrow your search by using the SUB-CATEGORY pages in light blue above.

    Formica 6696-46 Carrara Bianco marble — my new top-favorite marble laminate


    Formica last month introduced a new Carrara marble laminate — Formica Carrara Bianco 6696-46. Previously, I had identified three places you can find Carrara-style laminate. This Formica design now makes four. Moreover, because of its available #46 etched surface — which mimics fleabite pits you likely would see in the patina of real, aged marble […]

    My vintage Republic Steel Kitchen cabinets salesman’s at-home presentation kit — includes rare Easel Presentation — 24 photos

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    Back in the day, the salesman selling steel kitchen cabinets would actually come to your house. He would carry with him a briefcase. Inside: An entire kit full of little kitchen cabinets that could be assembled to create the kitchen of Mrs. America’s dreams. In the very early days of my research to recreate my […]

    Would you buy a smartphone case — for your refrigerator and dishwasher? GE Artistry series explores this option

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    Breaking News + VOTE: GE considers colorful, replaceable panels for its newest appliance series Would you buy colorful, replaceable steel panels — a “smartphone case” — for your GE Artistry Series refrigerator and dishwasher? Well, more Breaking News here on this recently-introduced appliance line: We have now learned that GE is exploring offering iPhone-style skins to […]

    Never used! A 1960s harvest gold kitchen for sale in Worcester, Mass.

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    When I announced that Harvest Gold was Retro Renovation’s 2014 Color of the Year, I asked readers to be on the lookout for harvest gold kitchens for our archive. I’ve received many emails — thanks, all! — but this one is particularly notable: Robin spotted a virtually unused harvest gold kitchen — complete with cabinets […]

    Replacing the movement and hands on a vintage electric wall clock — 3 steps


    We’ve all come across a great looking vintage clock that would be perfect — except for the fact that it no longer tells time. When this happens we have two choices: Use the stopped clock as wall decor or try to bring it back to life by replacing the movement. After having come across just […]

    Five designs of metal rimmed kitchen sinks — howdy, hudee!

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    So exciting — the biggest discovery of the year, I am pretty sure, and it’s only February: Thanks to reader Sarah for prompting me to contact Ceco Sinks. This company manufacturers porcelain enamel on cast iron plumbing fixtures — and they offer FIVE designs of metal rimmed porcelain on cast iron kitchen sinks — in […]

    Lori paints her tile backsplash, using a vintage McCoy vase as her color inspiration

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    “…From dour to fun” for less than $100 Reader Lori has been slowly making changes to her 1949 mid-century ranch house since she moved in about a year ago. She was featured in a Retro Design Dilemma asking for ideas for the window treatments in her living room last January. Now, she’s back to return […]

    “The Hard Way Award” winners 2013 — Nanette & Jim’s blue bathroom… and Rebecca & Keith’s mid mod mad kitchen

    Your votes are in: Congratulations to our “The Hard Way Award” winners for 2013: Above: Rebecca & Keith for their gut-remodel mid mod mad kitchen remodel…. … and above: Nanette & Jim for their built-from-scratch-in-the-empty-basement blue bathroom. To be sure, both of these projects delivered beautiful results. And they exemplify the heart and soul of the […]