Wood-Mode kitchens from 1961 — Slide show of 15 photos

vintage-wood-mode-kitchen-cabinets-1961Let’s hear it for well-made, wood kitchens in mid-century homes. There’s virtually no name bigger in wood cabinetry than Wood-Mode. Their website says they have been in business about 60 years — that puts their start right in the heart of the postwar boom. This catalog from 1961 shows cabinetry made in three woods — oak, maple, and knotty pine. There were four door styles — Colonial, Contemporary, Provincial, and Classic. (Compare that to the dozens of door styles available today. Another example of how, “Life was simpler back in the day.” And, there were 22 natural finishes and 12 enamel finishes. (Okay: Complexity here.)

If you have original wood kitchen cabinets… and they are in good shape… please think twice about repainting them. Over time, and as we continue to get our heads around this mid-century look, I predict that “original patina” cabinetry like this will become even more desirable.

Enjoy the slide show — these are also great fun to scrutinize for design ideas and accessories.

  1. Kaydee Roden says:

    Jim, I have the same brand in Alabama. I have restored my hinges and hardware with a lot of brassco polish, baking soda, and hot water… and elbow grease. 🙂 Have you tried to clean them up or are you missing hardware?

  2. Tom Spangler says:

    I have ixl cabinets installed in 1966. Is the original stain still available. I need to do some refinishing.

  3. Pam Kueber says:

    Hi Tom, I don’t know the answer to this question. Be reminded there can be hazards in old products and their layers – get with a pro to assess what you have so that you can make informed decisions how to handle. For more info see my Be Safe/Renovate Safe page >> https://retrorenovation.com/renovate-safe/

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