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29 companies that sell concrete breeze blocks — 75+ designs!
I did mega-research to find all the companies -- nationwide -- that make & sell breeze block. There's even a place near me, in Schenectady!
14 Places to Buy or DIY Mid Century Modern Front Doors
You only have one chance to make a good first impression -- and fortunately, there are lots more places to get a midcentury modern style front door today. Yup, more mega research!
Day n Night Markers — Midcentury house name and address plaques in production since 1949
Epic discovery: Where to buy “Day-n-Night” aluminum house name and address plates — just like we’ve seen in the back of golly every 1950s magazine..
Still in production after nearly 70 years: Acme Dinettes
Yup, these dinettes are still being made from original tooling that goes back as far as 1949. I have lots of photos -- and where you can find these for sale.
13 places to find retro laminate for counter tops
If you are looking for retro-style laminate for a kitchen or bathroom counter top, here to help is a list of all the places I know -- 13 companies, in all -- to look for laminate for your retro kitchen.
84 original retro midcentury house plans — that you can still buy today
Do you want to build a midcentury modern or midcentury modest house from original plans? It is indeed possible: via the library of 84 original..
36 places to find 4″ x 4″ ceramic bathroom wall tile in vintage colors
Here's a big update on where to find 4 x 4 inch (or approximately) ceramic field tile in real colors, typically for your bathroom renovation.
150+ vintage drainboard kitchen sinks in stock 24/7
Based in Gardner, Mass., Ken and his wife scour New England and beyond for vintage sinks in original condition. A Massachusetts motherlode!
Getting started with your Retro Renovation
Barkcloth fabric — 155 designs from 6 companies available today + vintage, of course!
Barkcloth is a wonderful fabric for making curtains and pillows for midcentury homes and tropical home tiki bars too. In this update to my original..
The kitchen that started it all
Original finish... vintage... Geneva steel kitchen cabinets... salvaged... (after five years of searching)... from a former cooking school operated by nuns ... Yup, that's how this blog got started.
Readers & their bathrooms
Fun with plastic bathroom tile — Lori’s genius powder room design!
Lori shows us how we can combine different colors of tiles in a bold way that I don't think I've ever featured before. And the tile: It is vintage plastic!
Sigrid’s one-step-at-a-time 1954 house refresh
We love our vintage wallpaper here on Retro Renovation -- and sure enough, it helps put Sigrid's spiffed up bathroom over the top!
Lynne’s Ice Grey Daltile bathroom remodel — lovely!
If you want to design a midcentury bathroom using ceramic tile that's readily available and relatively affordable today, here's a terrific example from Lynne.
Readers & their kitchens
Stacy celebrates the “avocado goodness” in her 1968 ranch house kitchen
All hail the color avocado for kitchens! After seeing my recent stories on the color avocado used in kitchens, Stacy emailed with photos of her..
Recreating a Brady Bunch kitchen — Duane and Wendy show us how!
Duane and Wendy recreated much of the Brady Bunch kitchen, right down to Mike and Carol's coffee cups. They even got out their plaid double knit bell bottoms for the photo shoot!
A 64-year-old Geneva kitchen that looks like it was installed yesterday
Carol bought a 1956 house that came with a second kitchen that was barely used. Let's take a look!
The "Mid-Century Modest Manifesto"
Mid-Century Modern style gets lots of love -- but here, we love Mid-Century MODEST style too. In fact, there's lots of cross-over. Perhaps this describes your house?
12 favorites from 13 years of blogging
Hazel Dell Brown of Armstrong Flooring — the most influential residential interior designer of the 20th Century (that you probably never heard of)
Was Hazel Dell Brown of Armstrong Flooring the most influential residential interior designer of the 20th Century -- that you probably never heard of? I believe that, yes, she was!
Nevamar introduces 20 new retro countertop laminate designs — including Venus from Kyrsten’s vintage chain set find!
Read how reader Kyrsten and I helped bring several midcentury laminate patterns back to life -- part of Nevamar's new Yesteryears™ Collection of 20 designs.
The Retro Renovation® Encyclopedia of Vintage Steel Kitchen Cabinets
With help from readers, I have identified 90+ different brands of metal kitchen cabinets built before, during but most after World War II -- mostly steel, mostly in the U.S. You have arrived at the epicenter for steel kitchen cabinet history!
Found in boxes never opened, 1948 Youngstown Kitchens cabinets go home to Youngstown, Ohio
When we broke the story last fall that a complete set of New Old Stock 1948 Youngstown Kitchens cabinets -- plus Cusheen countertops -- plus GE Airliner range -- had been found in storage in California, many of us agreed it should end up in a museum. And guess what: It did!
The 14 beautiful homes of The Astronaut Wives Club — Production Designer Mark White takes us inside and behind the scenes — 33 photos
The story of the seven women on ABC-TV’s The Astronaut Wives Club is fascinating, but you know what we’re ogling: Their midcentury homes. Seven modest 1950s homes… seven glamorous 1960s homes – each, meticulously decorated to reflect the well documented lives of these “astrowives” as they rocketed to Mercury Seven Project fame.
Dollhouse warming party: Kate’s 1955 Betsy McCall DIY Dollhouse tour — finished!
It has been five months since I began work on my built-from-scratch 1955 Betsy McCall DIY Dollhouse -- a project that has been labor of love and one that I didn't realize would take me so long to 'finish.'
Pickwick pine paneling — the most popular knotty pine pattern in midcentury America?
Epic: 2,000+ words exploring this piney puzzle Pickwick Pine! We recently learned that this is the name for the what we believe was the most..