Remodeling, decor and home improvement for mid century and vintage homes
Enjoy this gallery of 1960s kitchens, bathrooms & more. INSTRUCTIONS: Click on the first image to launch the slide show, all images will show larger.
If anyone can help me Iam looking for Orange kitchen appliances (pots, pans,utencils etc….I’am also looking for burnt orange furniture preferably a sectional. Please e-mail me if you know where I can find these things.
Look for Catherine Holm pots and pans – orange is one of the staple colors – on ebay or craigslist. They have an embedded stamp “Made in Norway”.
Hey Latanya, yes you can find Orange fridges and dishwasher panels from “Big Chill”
I have what looks like veneer westinghouse kitchen cabinets. 3 of the doors have chips or water damage. The rest are in great shape. Medium maple color . Where can i find replacement doors?
I am looking for bull nose peices and tile to replace chipped pieces on a 1954 bathroom vanity in our bathroom. The colors are brown and off white, or if anyone has any tips on how to repair…most of them are in good shape but there is a couple with some pretty bad chips.
Hi Ray, this is not a DIY or fix-it site. But the first place we usually send people to try and match vintage tile is B&W. Check the Bathroom page and also search “Tile” in the search box to find the complete list of resources. Good luck.
Can anyone help me find appliance paint in retro colors. I am looking to re-paint a refridgerator in buttercup. No luck finding a vendor so far…Thanks…Jana..El Paso, Texas
Wear can I find vintage replacement back and seat for a 1950 kitchen dinette set?
Hi Addie, I don’t know the answer to this one. Every once in a while I see true vintage replacement backs and seats on ebay…but then, I am not sure these are “one size fits all” as there were many, many different manufacturers. Is there no way you can use your current seat and back infrastructure and rebuild from there?
I own a vintage brown Westinghouse wall oven. I do not believe it is a white Westinghouse because of the company emblem. Our house was built in 1963. The burning element has gone out and I am at a loss for assistance with finding the replacement part. Any ideas? Any help would be appreciated.
Sorry, Somer, I don’t have this info and we don’t do much on vintage stoves here except ogle them sometimes. In general, I’d recommend checking with a local, long-time electrical supply or appliance store…good luck, Pam
anyone in illinois interested in st. charles kitchen cabinets? Perfect condition. Lots of them.
Pam – all buying/selling needs to go on the Forum, please: http://retrorenovation.com/forum
Retro colours, just head to an auto paint supplier. If you have a piece the colour you want take it to the store and they often will be able to match the colour. Then they can make up a spray bomb in that colour and you’re off and running. Make sure what your painting is super clean. And remember the paint fumes are toxic.. ventilate or paint outside.
anybody knows where to find a 21 inch electric single wall oven Thermador? thank you very much….
I have metal cabinets in my kitchen and would like to add some more? Where can I find what I am looking for? I have no idea what brand my cabinets are.
My husband and I have a palm leaf family area, a burnt orange dining room and a cream living area. The kitchen is central to all these rooms and we cannot find a good color to match all of these bold colors. Should me go bold or subtle?
Hi Lauren, it’s hard to say without seeing photos and how everything works together. Off the top of my head, I’d say you need some element(s) to pull all the colors together, like window treatments — or wallpaper, my favorite! I am imagining something with… burnt orange/your green/brown (?)/cream…. I went over to Bradbury’s website, here are your colors — with rose red(!) http://bradbury.com/carn_2.html … it may be way off your tastes/decor, but you get the idea …
What a great site–I’m a mid century modern enthusiast but the interiors on Mad Men have fueled an obsession with the cozier interiors of that era. These kitchen photos help me understand some of the decor choices on the show that I thought looked more 1950s than 1960s. I can’t get enough of the Draper’s kitchen and I’ll be very sad when Betty inevitably has to sell the house.
I think it’s #33, the pink range with the double oven on top: genius. And I would LOVE to have my laundry in the kitchen.
My kitchen has the exact same tiles as in picture #32 (the recipe tiles, shown in this picture with a copper kettle). Does anyone know anything about them? I love them and I’d love to know who made them and when they were made. So far I haven’t had much luck with Google searches.
hi Ericka, I don’t know off the top of my head, but I’ll keep an eye out. The problem is that there were lots and lots of regional manufacturers of stuff like this back in the day — when things were made in America!
You may find what you need in replacement chair cushions at American Chairs in New York, NY. I don’t remember the web site name but you can google it. They can make new seats in many colors and styles just like the old ones for chrome kitchen chairs. Retro cracked ice or plain fabric, studs, cut-out seat backs like on “Everybody Knows Raymond” in the parents house across the street. They also had tables and 50′s diner type stuff. You can order just a replacement seat or a whole table and chair set. Their toll free number when last I used it was 1-888-831-7629. I would try the web first. Good luck.
I’d love to find a new home for my vintage 60′s Graceland Cabinet Lavatory. It is beige with a white sink, and in good condition.
Pat: You can list these over on our Forum — http://retrorenovation.com/forum — no buying/selling here on the main blog. Good luck.
I have a set of PINK wall oven, electric cooktop, and sink. I also have a stailess steel range hood. All work great and are in great shape!!! I would like to know if anyone knows how much they are worth.
Molly, no buying / selling here on the main blog – head over to the Forum: http://retrorenovation.com/forum
We just bought a 1966 rambler and I’m wondering if the basement kitchen is original. The cabinets are wood St. Charles, painted cream with wood trim and wooden bin pulls. The sink is Elkay Lustertone. There have been a couple of remodels in the house, so it might be later. I can’t find any pictures of similar St. Charles cabinets. Any ideas?
Hi Pam. I LOVE your website. Find myself there constantly as I put in various search phrases into Google to research our restoration project of a 1959 side-split. I grew up in a 1957 sidesplit, so my memory serves me fairly well as well as I try to capture what “vintage” actually looks like in this specific house.
Lately, I have been trying to find bathroom faucets that fit the criteria. Wow. Not much out there even vaguely of this vintage! Everything is round, pulled and bulbous -vintage 2011, I guess! So, I had some luck at Home Depot with a new product line that Martha Stewart has come out with :Model # F3020-21. It has those squarish lines and thinner spout that remind me of the bathroom faucets in my bathroom growing up. Too bad it is brushed nickel. Bought it anyway (thought it was as close as I could get), and am mixing it with squarish chrome accessories. Found the old towel racks on ebay, and a cup-holder at a re-use centre. Put some vintage drawer pulls on a new vanity that has the look of a full frame cabinet.
Now, I have found out that I could have gotten closer. Kohler has a COMMERCIAL line that has a lot of the old styles still! Check it out! A bonanza of good choices.
Look under Bathroom Products, Commercial, Faucets Flushometers and Fixtures, Manual faucets.
THANKS for your invaluable work towards preserving such cool slices of our history, culture and architecture! – Kathy Bailey
Hi Kathy, thanks. I have spotlighted a number of faucets that could be appropriate, see my category: Bathrooms/Faucets http://retrorenovation.com/category/bathroom-categories/lav-faucets/
Hi All: I live in Fort Worth Texas. I want to find parts for a Model 2WS-R Panel Ray wall heater that’s in my utility room at home. Patent in Canada in 1951.
Any ideas will be welcomes.
Hi: I am trying to recreate a shower enclosure that was in my Grandmas house in southern California, built in 1960. I don’t know the materials used, but as I remember it, there were flowers and leaves in between two layers of glass or plastic. Has anyone seen anything like this?
Yes, you can still get this today. I don’t know where exactly though. See this post: http://retrorenovation.com/2010/09/16/russel-wrights-manitoga-dragon-rock-historic-midcentury-homes-to-visit/
I have a stove top and wall oven in “tiffany blue” that is in mint condition and in perfect working order that I am looking to sell. I also have the copper vent and the stove controls as well. All are original from 1960 when my home was built. If anyone knows how I can go about selling I would appreciate some input.
see my FAQs, Nicole. http://retrorenovation.com/tag/faq/
I am wondering if anyone knows if the rangaire heater bathroom fan in figure 113 is available for purchase or if repair parts are available for the one that I own?
I have a 42″ Rangaire vent hood in the kitchen of my 1960′s era split level home. I believe it’s original to the house, and is still in near perfect working order. It’s copper in color, but is discolored and dirty looking. What is the best way to restore it to it’s original color? And is that original color shiny, or a more muted copper?
I am trying to find the red floral wallpaper that is shown in Betty Francis’ (Draper’s) bathroom on Mad Men. Got any ideas how I could find out this information?
I have 1960s kitchen cabinets and I need more cabinets or the doors. The design is a router cut out oscroll square and some are rectangular with a C cut out at each corner. I know you have pictures of this style whether I describe it right or not. I would like to know where I might find these cabinets or doors?
Excuse me for error, it was router cut out or scroll square with a cut out of the square or rectangular shape at each corner.
Pam, or anyone out here: I am trying to find those swivel sprayers that would attach onto the end of any threaded kitchen faucet. I remember ours from the 1950-60′s era. I think they were rubber ? with metal where the water actually came out. They allowed the housewife to divert the water in different directions as she rinsed the dishes, without having to move the whole faucet arm back and forth.
Does anyone remember what they were actually called, or know where to find them?
I know what you’re talking about… I’ll keep an eye out.
Have you tried Home Depot and Lowes? I know I purchased a modern version there about 8 years ago. They may still have them.
Oops! I just saw the post in kitchens that you have already found the sprayers!
Neat post and thanks for sharing the great photos/drawings.
I just finished a partial rehab of my 1963 bathroom in my 1922 house. I have the Hall-Mack Coronado fixtures: Towel bars, Soap/Tumbler/Toothbrush Holder, Soap/Washcloth Holder and I left them installed as is. I left the 1 inch white and chrome silver wall tiles on walls and in shower as well. The vanity and cabinets were white and had the same scallop indented corner trim as shown on many of the cabinets in the photos on this post. I would love to find another matching Coronado towel bar as one of them had been replaced by a cheap modern copy and I am planning to just take it out and patch the tiles but if I could find a replacement I would leave it there.
Oh and the last thing I did in the rehab was to have the tub professionally refinished since we scratched it. It had been refinished in white in the past and the contractor stripped it back down to the original finish when it was installed in April 1963…. Easter Egg Purple! If I had not already just installed a blue/grey/white marble vanity top, I might have kept the purple! It’s back to white again. Here’s a set of the photos from the remodel. I will have some final photos up soon once I get the mirror up and final trim paint done. http://tinyurl.com/bojzr28
Lauren Could you please send us the updated Easter egg purple bathroom pictures with some remodeling ones too. We have a similar bathroom and would like to update or keep it just the way it is.
Here’s a link to the photos during the reno and after. The very last photo shows the purple tub.
I kept the 1963 white and silver wall tile and the tub which I believe was also from ’63, though the house when built in 1922 did have a recessed tub, I think they replaced it in ’63. I took out the soffit that was built above the original tub/shower and above the vanity. Removed the 1963 floor tile including the 6 inches of mortar underneath (4 inches from ’22 and 2 more inches poured in ’63). Removed the vanity and built-in drawers and cabinet where the original closet used to be. I also kept the 1963 Hall Mack Coronado towel bars and soap dishes, and I was able to find two more bars on ebay to replace two that were very pitted. Also left the Coronado swivel toothbrush caddy in the wall.
PS. I will take a few more photos tonight and add them of the finished room.
Beautiful! Oh my goodness, you did so much work!
Hello, I am looking for a on line photo of a 1960′s – 70′s
Combo Radio / Can Opener.
Hi, I live in Montreal,Quebec. I an a dinette set with 5 tables retro style that need to be adjusted, would you please be kind enough to let me know who in Montreal,Quebec, Canada I can hire to do this work.
Any help that you can give me would highly be appreciated
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