Let’s Talk Kitchens

It’s no secret that I have a love for vintage and antiques. Not simply for the look, but for the fact that I have the opportunity to save and reuse perfectly good stuff! It’s taken some time to get my husband on board, but after showing him all the amazing stuff I’ve won him over. For our new house, we are wanting to use vintage or vintage inspired fixtures. Last Friday, this happened:

We found our stove! It’s a 1950’s gas Magic Chef stove. The best part is that all the burners work, so there will be minimal restoration. There are a couple of rust spots, but nothing major. Besides, we would have to convert any store-bought stove from natural gas to butane anyway.

I know it looks a bit rough in the photo, but no worries. The shelf on the bottom is slightly open due to our black tie-down strap, and we took as many parts off the top while we moved it. And good thing too, since we blew out a tire on the trailer during our ride home and everything got a good shake. I’m looking forward to cleaning her up and using her in the new house! All the cast iron and porcelain is in good shape. I need to do a little polishing and paint touch ups, but nothing major. I’m so in love with the look, the fact that I’m giving a 60 year old stove another chance at life, and that I’ll finally, finally have a gas range! You know, just in case the zombie apocalypse happens and electricity goes out, at least I know we’ll still be able to cook for a while 😉


Our refrigerator is another story. I’ve seen a few options on Craigslist, but so far nothing really great. My grandfather had an amazing fridge that I remember fondly. but it’s currently living with some relatives. I’m hoping we stumble across something fantastic. I did find one online that was powered by gas. Gas! Who knew? Well, the hubs did, since he reminded me that it’s what most travel trailer refrigerators use. I think I’m going to try looking into the efficiency of a gas fridge since it may be better than a vintage electric one.


Want to know what I’m really pining for though? A farmhouse sink like this:


These are a lot more difficult to find, surprisingly. I’ve also got a limited budget, about $300. I’m hoping to find one in a salvage yard or Habitat ReStore one day. The good thing is, I have a lot of time.

8 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Kitchens

  1. Try Googling for “Architectural Salvage” places in your area. We visited this place in Massachusetts a year or so ago and I remember them having vintage sinks just like the ones you’re looking at in the big room with the acres of claw-foot tubs: http://www.nedsalvage.com/about.html

    They even have restoration services. They’d probably work with you to get it bought and shipped, but I suspect the shipping alone would be out of your price range. Best to find something more local if you can.

  2. I love the look you’re going for!

    One thing about the fridge though, I’d recommend trying to find a newer one instead, because the energy costs go up exponentially the older it is. I can’t imagine how much of a drain a 50+yo fridge would be. So as great as reusing in this case sounds, you’re really going to be hurting yourself in energy bills.

    Maybe you can do something creative like finding doors of an old fridge and putting it on a newer one?

    1. That’s what I’m afraid of, massive inefficiency. I’m not sure how a gas fridge does on energy, it may just drain gas at the same rate it would electric. Perhaps I’ll just see how my current modern model looks and work around it. Most of the vintage inspired kitchens online have a modern refrigerator. Though I will still hold out hope!

      1. They’re kind of pricey, but looks like there are a couple of companies like this one that make reproductions: http://bigchill.com/site/

        You might also just try something layout-wise that disguises or hides the fridge if you can’t do something that fits with your retro theme. Since you seem to be going “rustic farmhouse,” hiding it in a walk-in pantry or behind a partition with shelves might work. Or maybe you could try something like a commercial stainless steel unit with a retro feel or wrapping it in a cabinet with a pocket-door or an under-counter model that isn’t so obvious and can be stashed in the Island (similar to the dishwasher).

        Or how about buying one that can accept a cabinet door panel but instead building a panel that makes it look like a multi-door wooden “ice box” like this: http://www.armorplans.com/337w.jpg

        1. Thank you for the links! I love the Big Chill appliances, but they are incredibly expensive. I may go with camouflaging it though, it may not be too tough. Either a wood facing like your last link, or even beadboard. One thing my mom pointed out was the fact that antiques don’t have ice makers, so that would be something to think about. My baby loves crushed ice, and goes through about 4 bowls a day. I need that ice maker!

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