This project requires expert skills, you know what I always say: Get thee to a properly licensed professional. Surely Greg — of the fabulous red farm house kitchen — has those skills because holey moley, look at what he did: He started with his existing, 1980s built-in oven… jury-rigged a vintage Tappan Deluxe stove panel to the front, adding working knob controls, too — this panel ain’t just for show… then painted the whole think auto body safety red and added chrome auto body trim. Mad skillz indeed! Read on for his verbatim description of his project.
We missed out on an antique wall oven on Ebay so converted our mid-1980’s Tappan wall oven to vintage style.
I bought a early 50’s Tappan Deluxe “stove topper” off Ebay for $30.00. I carefully cut it down, notched the backing plate on the existing stove to mount.
Had to rewire existing knobs to fit properly. Sanded the front glass and painted safety red. Used chrome automotive wheel well trim. Used an early 1950’s Tappan stove top and modified it to fit the stove. Had to do some rewiring, scuffed the glass, painted it red. Used auto wheel well chrome for sparkle.
This one really blows my mind. If you can take the time to learn old fashioned skills — woodworking, metal working, professional spray painting — for sure you could save lots of money updating (err: back-dating) existing or salvaged appliances, cabinets, furniture, you name it, as part of your home renovation projects. Many of our relatives in the not-too-distant past had these mad skills — if they can do it, so can we!