1940’s kitchens Welcome to my gallery of 1940s kitchens – inspiration images from vintage advertising and marketing materials. INSTRUCTIONS: Click on the first image to launch the slide show, all images will show larger. Comments 25 Get our retrolicious free newsletter. Comments Ashley says May 29, 2009 at 2:11 am I just bought a new house and I am having the hardest time remodeling the kitchen. It was a one owner home and the kitchen is straight out of the 40’s. It is fully a montgomery ward kitchen but the problem is the sink and cabinets under the sink are a bright garden yellow color while everything else is either a mist green or bright white. I have the walls primed right now but i’m having a hard time picking out the other colors for the walls and trim so it doesn’t clash with the sink. But I want to keep everything because it is such good shape. I need some help!!! Reply MStark says June 19, 2009 at 10:33 pm Ashley, why not go with black and yellow? If you’re wanting a more contemporary re-do, the black and white florals and geometric prints are very popular right now and thought not totaly period it could work. What parts are mist green? Reply Morag says October 24, 2009 at 7:56 pm The best thing: no islands! Love the breakfast nooks, peninsulas, and even the bars. Reply Jeremy says December 4, 2009 at 7:19 pm Where can I find a replacement sink for my American sink from the 1940s that is in bad shape? Reply pam kueber says December 4, 2009 at 7:41 pm Jeremy, these sinks are in great demand. Key sources are: craigslist, Re-Store/Habitat for Humanity, salvage places like deabath.com or historichouseparts.com, and you can also watch our Forum here, as eagle-eyed readers often spot them on craigslist around the nation and post them. Here are some posts that I have done on vintage porcelain drainboard kitchen sinks. Reply kianoosh says December 16, 2009 at 12:28 am I have 15 sqms kitchen in white. cabinets are in white with cinamon edges. Walls are in white with very light vilollet and pink shades. what do you offer for the curtains? Reply mj peters says January 31, 2010 at 11:45 am I am looking to find a price guide for a 1940s Tracy Sink and cabinet unit. It was just removed from our apartment unit and we have the option to sell it. What do you suggest? Reply pam kueber says January 31, 2010 at 12:36 pm mj: https://retrorenovation.com/product-guides/metal-kitchen-cabinets-history-design-faq/ Reply Judy H says February 14, 2010 at 9:56 am Here in rural central Missouri I have been fortunate enough to find several chrome tables but the chairs are almost impossible to find.I have quite a collection of tables and my family is starting to think i have gone a little nutty!!! Yesterday I found the complete set with 4 handleback chairs sturdy but the coverings in bad reapir. I have been searching the net looking for replacements for the handleback chrome chairs. All I can find are the plain straight back chair replacements.. i could use someone’s advice as to where to look.. Reply Jen says July 17, 2010 at 9:17 am Judy, take a look at the chairs that American Chairs has available: http://www.americanchairs.com. I have handleback chairs that I purchased with my chrome table from that store. Reply connie says August 5, 2013 at 7:18 pm i had a carp make me wooden backs ,we used one of the backs for a pattern .came out beautful .i found leather to cover that looked in the 50;s that match the table .goog luck Reply Jen says July 17, 2010 at 9:18 am I love the 4th image – not just the colors and the fantastic red cracked ice countertop with metal edging, but I absolutely adore that funky border along the top. Singing vegetables! Can anything make a kitchen seem more cheery? Love it! Reply California Kathy says July 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm Thanks so much for the 40’s posting! I love it all!!! Reply David says November 7, 2010 at 12:32 am I don’t see any images. I’m using Firefox (version 2, I think). Reply pam kueber says November 7, 2010 at 9:54 am Hmmm, David, all I can advise is to… upgrade you FF and see if that helps. Reply Sherrie says October 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm I bought a 1940s red and white enamel table and it needs new Chrome legs.I don’t think there hairpin legs. There more u shaped at the bottom of the leg. Any suggestions where I might find these chrome legs for my table. Thank you for your time and help. Reply pam kueber says October 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm Try World of Tile, Springfield, NJ. Reply connie says August 5, 2013 at 7:21 pm i painted my chairs with paint that looked like chrome .match good. Reply Jennifer says April 17, 2012 at 8:57 am We have a 40s house, and I’ve spotted a 40s sink at a local re-use store that looks a lot like the ones in the ads you’ve shown. Does anyone know if a disposal could be installed in one, though? I do like my disposal! Reply pam kueber says April 17, 2012 at 10:17 am We put a disposal into our 1963-ish vintage Kohler sink… Do you have a trusted plumber — ask him or her! Reply Jennifer says April 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm I don’t have a good plumber yet, but that’s a good idea. I will talk to both before I actually buy. Thanks! Reply Debbie Altman says July 2, 2012 at 8:38 am need to know how they instulled cabinets in the 1940’s our house was built in 1940n and the cabinets need to come down but are hard to get down. Reply Yodi says July 16, 2014 at 3:25 pm I saw this in several 2 family homes I lived in NY…. the homes were probably built in the 40s and there was always a kitchen drawer, usually a deep one, which was encased in aluminum or metal and a slide on and off top…. what was the purpose of such drawers? Reply Shari Davenport says August 14, 2014 at 10:38 pm Yodi – Those drawers were for storing cake and bread, in the days before bread boxes taking up space ON the counter tops. I was always a little leery of those though – I can’t imagine how fresh they actually kept the bread, much less sugar-laden cakes, and I never could figure out how they kept out the critters that love bread and cakes more than we do? Anyway – that’s what they were always advertised for. Reply DMW says August 7, 2017 at 9:51 am Thank-you for the site; some great kitchen ideas for my circa 1949 home. Just refinished with retro yellow walls & teal/mist green cabinetry. 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