SOLD! 1963 Geneva Steel Kitchen Cabinets, in Aquamarine

September 2007 — I’m updating this post to reflect the fact that I sold my extra cabinets this summer. I sold them on eBay to L.P. of Milwaukee. He drove here — 960 miles — pick up the cabinets! Selling price was $2,500. While I’m glad they went to a nice home, I do have some regrets about even selling them, they are so beautiful!

Own a piece of history that will never go out of style, once installed in your vintage kitchen! Up for sale are 18 (total) vintage steel kitchen cabinets left over from a larger batch that I installed in my kitchen.You can see how these looked cleaned up in my Sept. 16 post, below. They are in great shape — it is really quite amazing. They came from a cooking school run by nuns for only 8 years so they have very little wear and tear and were kept in immaculate condition during their use. From about 1971 til now, they were not used at all. They clean up beautifully with auto body compound and turtle wax – their coating of NYC grime seems to have protected the original finish!

The cabinets are classic Geneva’s — one of the nation’s great brands — circa 1963. They are in a great Aquamarine color — which goes perfectly with Formica’s re-issue last year of their aqua boomerang laminate. (See my post on vintage stainless steel edging, too.)

Included are original chrome handles. The base cabinets all have great roll-out aluminum middle shelves. Available immediately are:

10 base cabinets. These are each 24.5″ deep and 34.5″ high:
– 36″ wide: 3@
– 30″ wide: 3@
– 24″ wide: 1@
– 18″ wide: 2@
– 12″ wide: 1@
– Corner transition pieces: 3@

Sink bases are available in either 42″ or 24″ widths. Assume one of each comes with this sale. Use one for your main sink, one for a bar sink. I also have the original double sinks, porcelain, Kohler, nice. You may take one as well with this sale.

Note: These base cabinets and sink bases offer 26.5 linear feet of base cabinetry. To this, add: stove, fridge and dishwasher and you will see this enables a good-sized kitchen.

6 wall cabinets:
– 36″: 4@. These are 13″ deep and 30″ tall.
– 42″: 2@. These are 13″ deep and 18″ tall – meant to fit above the 42″ sink base or above a 40″ stove. They can easily be adapted to include a cookbook shelf if you want to use them to line up with the 30″ tall wall cabinets. Total linear feet of wall cabinetry: 19.

  1. Andrea M says:


    Do you know of anyone that would like to purchase metal cabinets similar to yours? Mine are nearly the same color, original with the house built in 1953-54. They are beauty queens and awesome, but got to go 🙂

  2. Mary says:

    Hi Pam,
    Some years ago I purchased the home in which I lived as a child. My father and grandfathers built our brick house in the early 1950’s. it is located in the countryside, along a meandering river. I love this house and will live there within several years.
    I am looking for steel cabinets for the kitchen, as well as the matching type table and chairs.
    The home did not ever have steel cabinets, but we did have the table and chairs with the steel legs.
    I would deeply appreciate any leads related to available steel cabinets. I also plan to install the retro appliances. The kitchen currently has a gas stove, but after seeing the pale yellow electric stove available in Wisconsin I may just need to switch to electric.
    Thanks in advance for any help.

  3. Mick says:

    Pam I nearly feel out of my chair! In the 3rd picture down with that BEAUTIFUL 1954 Frigidaire electrive stove IS THE SAME ONE I paid $250 this summer of 2009 to put into my lake cabin!!!! I have hunted everywhere to see if there was another out there some where! Did this come from the Nuns? Did you own this? Did the Guy who Came from Milwaukee own this stove?!!!! I am so excited!!!!! WE HAVE to talk about this haha! The Stove I bought was onwed by a prominet Woman in Wichita Falls Texas society Mrs. Pearl Kirby (Like the Vacumme Cleaner,) She bought it from Hamilton Bryan BRAND NEW in the spring of 54′ and it remined in her house until 2005 (new people moved in and wanted new appliances) I found the stove in an antique Shop in Down town Wichita and FELL IN LOVE! I mean how could you not?! She was asking $700 but after a long talk we came to $250. BEST major appliance iv have bought to date for the cabin!


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