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Create a 1940s or early 1950s design kitchen — my second mood board

1940s vintage kitchenThere are many ways to retro [<- I just love it when I used that as a verb], including 1940s style. Lots of readers seem to be totally nuts over 1940s kitchen style, so here’s my second mood board including resources to create a 1940s or early 1950s style homey comfy sweetheart kitchen.

1940s vintage kitchen

Note, I call this 1940s style — but 1940s style endured until roughly 1953. That’s when, design-wise, we saw a switch to a new generation of kitchen designs — less deco, more atomic.

 Resources to create this 1940s kitchen look:

  1. Birch cabinetry — These birch cabinets were built new — to look old — by Watersong Furniture. I had a lovely conversation with the owner of Watersong. He can build and ship anywhere.
  2. Antiqued pot metal colonial cabinet pulls — https://retrorenovation.com/2011/05/17/inexpensive-hardware-for-1950s-and-1960s-kitchen-cabinets/
  3. Vintage wallpaper — A hallmark of 1940s and early 1950s kitchens: They need sweetheart wallpaper — like this design from Hannah’s Treasures.
  4. Kit Kat clock – here.
  5. Countertop, backsplash and if you like, wall tile — I know that readers are gaga for jadeite. Put tile like this on your countertop — available from Clay Square [made by B&W} — use black tile for countertop edging and bullnose. If you want, you can take this tile all around the wall.
  6. See above — Put tile like this on your countertop — available from Clay Square [made by B&W} — use black tile for countertop edging and bullnose. If you want, you can take this tile all around the wall.
  7. Reproduction drainboard sink from NBI Drainboards.
  8. Accessorize with a secondary or tertiary color from the wallpaper. Red Kitchenaid makes these mixers in a veritable rainbow of colors
  9. I like this studio-sized refrigerator from Big Chill. The fridges back in the 40s and 50s were smaller. There are other retro refrigerator options as well — read my comprehensive guide here.
  10. Dishwasher — also from Big Chill. (Or, you can just buy the dishwasher panel… or custom make one in wood to match your birch cabinets.)
  11. 36″ retro range from Big Chill.  
  12. Dinette designs varied. The vintage dinette shown here, which was uploaded by Uncle Atom, has deco lines, very historically appropriate for the pre-war period.
  13. For the floor, choose linoleum. The color we chose: Parchment beige from Armstrong. Note how the wallpaper pulls together up all the colors of the kitchen, including this flooring.

Other stories to look for 1940s kitchen ideas:

See all of our 1940s kitchen design boards here

 

  1. Sarah says:

    Which green tile is this? I know you can’t get it anymore. I have samples, so I was going to try to match the colors. Thanks!!! Maybe eventually I’ll decide on what to do on my kitchen (ha!) and send pics!

  2. kevin says:

    please how or where can I buy a 1950’s chrome table’s and chair’s.please e-mail me back. I have looked everywhere at different stores without any success. thank-you

  3. Tracy says:

    I’m looking for a company that makes true red tile flat strips for my 1939 kitchen restoration project, I need one more piece!! I can’t find flat true red anywhere, can anyone help?

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