Retro kitchen design is the hottest trend in home remodeling with homeowners going for a 1930s, 1940s or 1950s look. Retro kitchen cabinets along with retro kitchen appliances can take you to a more peaceful time in the past when worries were few.
People are ripping out their laminated particleboard cupboards in favor of vintage kitchen cabinets. Some companies are manufacturing old time looking cabinets, and there are several resources for finding authentic old cabinets.
Check out estate sales and auctions as well as online and offline classifieds. Online auction services such as eBay often have vintage items, or you can place a free ad on Craigslist under the “Wanted” section.
You can add a timeless style and elegance by using retro kitchen cabinets which will create a homey and inviting atmosphere in the kitchen. Remember those old TV shows from the 1950s? The “I Love Lucy” kitchen is well known and often copied for retro kitchen design. Even Lucy’s everyday china in a cream color with a simulated green ivy pattern on the pieces can be found for sale on the Internet – at least replicas of the items. Quality prevailed and things you bought lasted much longer than some of the shoddy merchandise we see in today’s marketplace. These vintage pieces can instill warm and pleasant memories of Grandma’s house and the wonderful smells that came from her kitchen.
Stainless steel metal kitchen cabinets were popular in the 1930s to 1960s. They were usually white but were often spray painted to any color desired. These metal retro kitchen cabinets were often advertised as “vermin proof” as early as the 1920s.
In the first half of the 1900s, there was still no vaccine for polio and the 1918 flu pandemic killed almost half a million people in the US. Disease spreading vermin could not eat through metal, so they could not contaminate your food. At this time homemakers were very concerned about cleanliness, and the idea of having a sanitary kitchen was extremely important.
Along with your retro kitchen cabinets, you want to be sure you have authentic retro kitchen cabinet hardware. Vintage hardware pieces include two-tone knobs, cabinet turn latches made from glass and brass and white milk glass knobs. Also do not forget the retro kitchen light fixtures which include track lighting, Victorian style lamps, ball lamps and hanging light fixtures or pendant lighting.
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