Remodeling your kitchen with a nostalgic theme from the past can be a challenge as well as loads of fun. You will find yourself browsing through websites and catalogues for Retro Kitchen Sinks along with retro kitchen faucets, vintage accessories and classic appliances.
Vintage kitchen sinks from the early 20th century were typically made of “whiteware” which was an early term for cast iron sinks enameled in white porcelain.
These free standing sinks had either two or four spindle legs for support, single or double drainboards and a high splash board. Rubber mats were often placed in the bottom of the sink to avoid scratches on the surface and to reduce breakage.
A 1930s kitchen used Retro Kitchen Sinks made of porcelain enameled cast iron or steel covered with porcelain enamel. When shopping for these sinks, be sure to check for chips and rust spots. If the sink is almost worn through from rust you probably do not want it.
You can also purchase a modern replica of a vintage kitchen sink, but there is just something special about restoring the real deal. Built in cabinets and countertops took the place of freestanding tables and shelves.
Homeowners often read ten cent magazines like “The American Home” and “House Beautiful” with advertising for Corwith model sinks and Armstrong linoleum flooring which was big in the 30s.
Retro kitchen sinks from the 1940s continued to be made primarily of cast iron covered with porcelain. After World War II stainless steel became quite popular for sinks as well as counter tops. However stainless steel sinks may look too modern when trying to capture the traditional look of vintage kitchen sinks and retro kitchen faucets.
During the war, many homeowners divided their large houses into apartments to provide a place for factory workers to stay. Dwyer Products Corporation made a combination kitchen unit called a “Murphy-Cabranette” for these small apartments. It combined a very small sink, an electric refrigerator and two electric burners in one cabinet.
As the men returned home after World War II, kitchen colors became more patriotic. Red, white and blue color combinations became hugely popular.
Few people know that the kitchen in the 1950s TV show “Father Knows Best” had blue cabinets, red wallpaper and white cabinets, because it was filmed in black and white. In fact, this was a functional kitchen with a real refrigerator where lunches were kept and water to make morning coffee to go with the sweet rolls they served. This 1950s kitchen is often copied from the retro kitchen sinks down to the linens and small appliances used during that time.
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