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. I also like these that have a deeper sink area and a lip onto the wall.
There’s actually one like this at an antique place up the road from my parents’ home, but the owner keeps telling me it’s sold. I think that’s code for “I’m a hoarder and I like to keep all my junk”. It’s been there for months, and he keeps telling me that it’s sold, even though the owner never wants to claim it. And if nothing works out and we find ourselves needing a sink asap, I’ll break down and go IKEA
It’s a great sink, with a lot of room and a divided bowl. We could put a disposal on it. It would be a quality solution. Yet I’d love to find one with more character and age.
As far as dishwashers go, we’re going to find a new model that works well, since they didn’t exist 60 years ago and reproductions are crazy expensive. I’ll just cover the front to look like our cabinetry. I’d like to build our microwave into our island, and stash away the more modern small appliances.
So, do you think I’m crazy, or inspired? I’m in love with vintage kitchens, and have the time and desire to fix older pieces up to look great and work well in my new home. What about you? Would you shy away from the old and buy new (or newer models used)? And if you happen to know someone selling an old sink and is willing to ship, let me know! I would greatly appreciate it, and will send you cookies