40s kitchen – a sweet, patriotic 1946 kitchen to welcome dad home


1946-american-standard-kitchen.jpgThis kitchen is so so wonderful. It’s from 1946. Check out how it’s red, white and blue – but not in a screaming way. In fact, I adore this shade of blue, and the cabinets ‘read’ a creamy white that’s so inviting. Also notice, the steel cabinets paired with the wood-paneled built-in and back wall. Like, the new mixed with the old. Just like it was, in 1946. If you have built-in’s like this, consider painting the inside to accent your collectibles. Dreamy.

  1. Shari D. says:

    While this comment is several years behind the original ones, I’m going to submit nonetheless.
    My kitchen/dining room is almost identical in shape and layout to this one, minus the door shown on the left. My kitchen/dining room is a total of 9X17, and is seriously in need of a remodel! The back wall, where the built-ins are shown in this photo is precisely right for just such a layout! I can see it now! And I am taking out the old (1965 Modern Maid brand) cook-top/eye-level oven from the cabinet base on which it is currently mounted, removing the cabinet base and moving my fridge off the right wall (where this stove is shown) and moving it into that spot. The over-oven cabinet is perfect to become an over-fridge cabinet!
    I already have a modern drop-in range sitting waiting to go into the space where the fridge is, and setting the cabinet base I removed (which had the old stove on it) right next to the stove, since it has an “open” side which will need an insulated side installed next to the oven anyway. Then I will only need to purchase one other cabinet base and the overheads to complete it. New counter tops, which will only be one base wide each, would be needed anyway, so the lack of one on the old cabinet isn’t a problem.
    I can clearly see the wall at the “dining room end” of my kitchen, where the dinette table is shown above, being done easily with a china cabinet (or even a book case) on either side of the window and a connecting valance between them over the window that is already there!
    I have floor tile waiting to go in which, while not that garnet red, would carry this color scheme beautifully, and the cabinets are already painted two shades of a creamy white! I do need a new sink, and while the fabulous one shown here sadly would not fit my cabinet space, a nice off-white porcelain enamel double bowl sink would be a suitable replacement.
    My fridge is 23 years old, and while it still works fine, a fridge with a better energy consumption rating would be very nice, and in a matching shade to the sink, would complete the picture, along with suitable new curtains! I can see it right now – and I think I’ll get busy prepping and making this our Spring project!!
    THANK YOU so much for adding this photo to the mix, and while it was done some time ago, please know I appreciate it very much even 5 years later!! Bless you!

  2. Krista says:

    Josh, I am getting ready to renovate my kitchen. I have the exact sink from the picture above that I’m looking to sell. It is in excellent shape but would need a new faucet. Double bowl, 2 sideboards, porcelain over cast iron. Not entirely sure the make. Also has a metal cabinet that it sits on with lots of storage.

  3. Wendy says:

    I’m so excited that our kitchen sink looks exactly like that advertisement!! I guess it’s just odd to see something from a 1946 ad in our very own house. Unfortunately though, our kitchen is NOT that big and we do not have room for it…. we’re doing a kitchen remodel. We’re looking to donate it to our historic warehouse, however does anyone know what’s a fair market value??? Thank you so much in advance!!!

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  6. Ronn says:

    Sumac Sue,

    I’m no doubt older than you, but most of my thoughts about these issues come from my training in Art & Design, and my love of History, with an especially deep interest in the World War II years. I wish my Father were still alive so I could thank him. ALL of us are free because of THAT generation. That era was not one of vague ideologies and gray zones to be debated into stalemates and boredom. What THEY did had to be done, and I’m grateful every day. Sixty+ years later and we continue to live this life because of THEM.


  7. Sumac Sue says:

    Thanks, Ronn, for your additional words to describe the illustration. I don’t know if I would have gotten the deeper message, sorry to admit, so I am glad you added it.

  8. Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques says:


    The subtext of this illustration, which EVERYONE at the time would have understood, is that Dad survived World War II. He is Home, and Healthy. The Family is Reunited, and Free. Traditions have been protected, the Future is bright.

    Powerful stuff.
    Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques

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