Where to find metal counter edges for retro kitchens — countertop edging in steel, aluminum and even faux laminate edging? I have made a new, consolidated research / resource page. My complete page includes:Heck yeah there is more →
When Monica fell in love with midcentury house design, she fell in head over heels in love with vintage pastel-colored bathroom fixtures. So, when she created this new bathroom from scratch, she searched for vintage blue bathroom fixtures, then paired them with new tile with retro-style. Let’s take a look >> Heck yeah there is more →
We love pink kitchens, and we love stories of readers who take a big gulp and dive into their design projects “the hard way” — hunting down salvage, finding the hard-to-find, tackling DIY when standard just won’t do, and putting it all together in their own unique way. Bit bad by the mid mod bug, Monica (shown, right) sums up the journey that she — and many of us, I suspect — undertake with our Retro Renovations:
Our simple project that would easily have been completed in a few months and a trip to a big box store turned into over a year of hunting and gathering, repainting, refinishing and reupholstering.
Indeed! Today, let’s take a look inside this pretty in pink retro kitchen inside the family’s weekend cabin: Heck yeah there is more →
Tastemaker Pam here, combing through what’s been popping in my ebay saved searches and spotlighting some favorites with you, Dear Readers, in case you’re in the market. Remember to Be Safe/Renovate Safe: Even if wiring is new-old-stock, it may not be to code or may not be otherwise safe; get with a pro to check it out etc. Same goes for old stuff of other sorts — may contain vintage hazards so get with your own pros to assess what you are dealing with so’s you can make informed decisions. Note: I earn a cha-ching commission if you click and buy; helps keep this blog boat afloat. Thank you very much!
One of my goals for 2019 is to work diligently at filling out The Retro Renovation® Encyclopedia of Vintage Steel Kitchen Cabinets. I have about 85 brands identified, and now the question is, do I have catalogs for all of them? I may well, and here’s a first set of uploads to share, for: Berger Steel Cabinets, made by the Berger Manufacturing Division of Republic Steel Corporation, Canton 5, Ohio. There’s a price list with a notation suggesting this catalog is from 1949.Heck yeah there is more →
Here’s our first time capsule house of 2019, and it’s a rare beauty: A round house, built in 1952, which looks to have been very carefully tended — with amazing original vintage wallpaper, gorgeous original bathrooms and overall, a quirky original feel that gives me the shivers to imagine the love that went into living in it! The house also has lots of features we can learn from, as we look to remodel and decorate our own midcentury and earlier houses. Thanks to reader Ann for this time capsule tip, and to listing agent Tracy McKnight for permission to feature his photos. Let’s take a look inside >>Heck yeah there is more →