Do you love the sleek look of vintage steel kitchen cabinets — but don’t want to undertake the rocky journey to find a set to fit your kitchen, then restore the cabinets, etc.? Well, that was reader Ann’s dilemma. She recently purchased a 1965 condo apartment. The original kitchen was failing. She loved the look of vintage, but did not want her kitchen to be an epic. So, instead of hunting down the vintage, she found a clever and patient cabinet maker who recreated the look of vintage steel to a tee using wood, and then finished them with special high gloss paint. Ann did use a New Old Stock vintage tile — both the floor and backsplash tiles are from World of Tile, of course. And there’s even another twist — Ann used a *famous* historic kitchen featured here as inspiration for her redesign. What a spectacular story — and kitchen. Read on for the complete story, more photos, and all of Ann’s resources.
Entries now closed. And we have a confirmed winner: Congratulations, Steph, your number came up! Thanks, everyone, for playing! Katiedoodle and I are taking a little break for the rest of the week. We’re *working* — we’re just not filing blog posts. We’re getting out of our computer caves to prowl the *real* world for inspiration. So while we’re *away* — how about a giveaway? The first of the year. And it’s delicious: A set of New Old Stock, 1960s-era coasters of kitschy Paris scenes, poodles included, of course, from the retro-world famous World of Tile. Spotted and scarfed up by moi.
This morning, I showed a vintage bathroom featuring small, ceramic, mosaic tiles in pink and metallic gold — and promised to reveal my source in this next blog post. Yes, this was too easy, and longtime readers would surely have guessed: You can still get small, ceramic color-and-metallic mosaics similar to the bathroom that Paul spotted — new old stock from the 1960s! — with metallic finish! — from Chippy at World of Tile. These tiles are mind-blowing gorgeous.
World of Tile “withdrawal” symptoms: Has anyone else been having them? I have. So, I went back to my hundreds of photos from my two visits last summer and found some more great, New Old Stock (NOS) vintage tile and other WOT delights to spotlight this week. Let’s start with: Backsplash tiles — complete sets of decorative tiles that can be put together to form a backsplash for a stove and/or along the entire kitchen backsplash.
On my second visit to World of Tile — the epicenter of New Old Stock tile and accessories for your vintage bathroom — I spent more time admiring these sort of strange but very interesting 1970s (I think) bathroom sconces and fixtures including soap dishes, toilet paper holders and shelves. They are black porcelain ceramic… they have very organic, rounded shapes… I am pretty sure they are Italian, because so much of what’s in-stock at World of Tile came from Italy… the prices are totally fair… and I think they would look amazing in a 1970s or 1980s retro bathroom renovation. Heck yeah there is more →
Colored ceramic soap dishes and shelves for the tub and shower area — NOS from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s
Pastel pink soap dishes, mint green soap dishes, regency blue soap dishes — and more — you can get them all at, yes: The magical mystical World of Tile, our favorite place for New Old Stock (NOS) 50s, 60s and 70s bathroom and kitchen tile, sinks, and more. Heck yeah there is more →