Kitchen cabinet doors for knotty pine or painted “coolonial” kitchens

holiday kitchens jamestown cabinet doorContinuing to build our portfolio of choices for retro style kitchen cabinets, I spotted this Jamestown plank door style from Holiday Kitchens. Holiday offers this in hickory, and I think that with the right finish it reads “knotty pine.” A few years ago, I also saw a kitchen with this door style in an ivory painted, antiqued and waxed finish. The kitchen was in what I’d call a mid-century coolonial home in Stockbridge, Mass. Yes, another new term I think I just invented: “Cool-onial”. Hip colonial, and in the Stockbridge case,  a rambling ranchy country house but one that very very clearly had a colonial pedigree. Finally, I think that this style also could look very nice tinted — another option with mid-century precedents.

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  1. atomicbowler-dave says:

    Sorry to keep on going here, but I did a little looking around…I commented on a different thread some time ago about bulls-eye and another product called Gymseal which had seemingly disappeared from market. This is truly old-time gym floor finish and if the current product is anything like the old it would be an excellent choice. It’s also what all tha MC “Swedish Floor” installations were most likely finished with. Awesome for durability and similar to a conventional varnish. Nice stuff! Check it out here: http://www.valsparglobal.com/val/resident/gymseal.jsp

  2. Jeff says:

    Thanks a million, Pam, and everyone else as well! This really helps- will be doing this in the spring when we can ventilate better, too cold now.

    Just for the record, we’re installing a new random pattern slate floor for the same space, bought at Vermont Slate Depot- they have the multi-color random pattern, and is priced right, even with shipping. We really have to bring these spaces back, and many of the original suppliers are still out there.

  3. pam kueber says:

    Hi Jeff, If I remember correctly, you were the one who wrote me asking about colors for wood floors? Here is that post: https://retrorenovation.com/2009/09/13/stain-color-for-195s-1960s-wood-floors/

    Meanwhile, thanks for the note re Vermont Slate Depot. I think I know exactly what you are talking about when you say “multi-color random.” One of my favorite looks, and very mid-century authentic. I can buy this at my local brick/slate store. Of course, I’m next door to Vermont! I’ll do a post for the record sometime, though.

  4. Erika Napsey says:

    In response to …..gavin hastings

    Anyone considering Pine….definitely go with Youngs in Bow, NH! We replaced old upper cabinets with theirs, and they are BEAUTIFUL. I ordered ours on Monday the 1st, they were done and ready to be picked up on the 6th! VERY fast, so fast in fact I’m not ready for them! We still have to paint.

    I just ordered cabinets to go where we hadn’t had any and am in the middle of finishing them now! They are sturdy, well made, beautiful cabinets and Youngs will customize them for you, all of ours have been custom. I am now considering replacing our bathroom cabinets with them. We have no painted wood anywhere in our house, and it’s all pine (how it was when we purchased), and we’re keeping it that way. We live in VT and love the rustic look of knotty pine!.

  5. Erika Napsey says:

    Elizabeth…that is sad, especially when I’m purchasing handles/knobs at VERY high prices! We have all black wrought iron hardware in our kitchen, with our knotty pine cabinets. It’s beautiful!

  6. Lucy says:

    how can I get in touch with Holiday cabinets? I really like the cabinets you showed from them.

  7. Donald says:

    This is an old post, but I’m looking at purchasing a 52 modest ranch which unfortunately has a remodeled kitchen. I’m in love with the strap hinges in the photo, we had similar hardware in my childhood home. They are still available from Acorn, but $$$.


    Found these cabinets at Lowes today, they would make a nice knotty pine option or paint them.


    I wonder if you know the source of the image here, and if there were any more pictures of that kitchen.

  8. pam kueber says:

    Hi Donald, very old story, the image is vintage. I don’t recall the source. Re strap hinges: I would think there are other sources than Acorn….

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