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    Practically Family BoPeep's Avatar
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    Home is where the Kitchen is

    I haven't been able to find a thread devoted solely to the humble kitchen, so here goes. This is, of course, prompted by my latest purchase - a '40s Magic Chef gas stove. Bringing it into the room required a complete shuffling of the furniture so after a bit of spring cleaning (wowsers, were there dust bunnies behind the fridge!) and a pounding of a few more holes in the wall (much to the chagrin of my husband), this is my "new" kitchen.



    The fridge is a 1947 Frigidaire - "Made only by General Motors" says the logo.







    I'm proud to say that almost all the "knick knacks" that are hanging on the walls are used on a regular basis, with exception of the egg beater (although my kids LOVE whipping eggs for breakfast). Everything on top of the Hoosier is used, the yellow pans hanging above the stove, the coffee grinder on the chimney, everything!

    This has got to be my favorite room in the house, with possible exception of my sewing room. So let's see your kitchen . . . I know I'm not the only one here who defrosts their freezer box every month!

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    I'm also a big fan of having a vintage kitchen. Nice.
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    Alas, our kitchen is one of the few non-vintage rooms in the house, as the schoolteacher who owned it from 1944 to 1995 had it remodeled about 1970, albeit in a mid-century style that could just has easily have been 1957.

    My wife and I have compromised on someday remodeling to a modern layout with 1920s-style cabinetry and 1940s-style appliances (she wants new Elmira Northstars, I'd like to restore our mid-1940s Caloric range and dig up an old Frigidaire like yours).

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    Lookin' good!

    I'll post some photos later today of our vintage kitchen in the new place! No vintage stove yet but, the '40 GE and the rest of the stuff is period.
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    Great shots, BoPeep! Always glad to see another enthusiast of quality vintage appliances.

    Here are few recent shots of my kitchen -- please excluse the blown-out windows. We get so little sun lately, I wanted to preserve the full impact of the moment.



    The stove is a 50s vintage Hotpoint. It was practically modern when I first got it, and it's held up very well. The washing machine is an Easy, dated to 1934, and is my pride and joy. It was salvaged from a friend's cellar, and could use a new set of wringer rollers. In the meantime, I've repaired the old ones using pieces of bicycle inner tube and rubber tape.



    The fridge is one of the very first postwar Kelvinators, built in November 1945, basically the same model they were building in 1941-42 until the war shut down production. I defrost it once a year, keep the condenser coil clean, and it'll outlive me. (And it uses less energy than most modern units.) The mixer on top of the fridge is a Hamilton Beach, c. 1936. The fan is just some cheap Western Auto thing I've had so long I don't even remember where it came from.



    Excuse the dirty dishes.



    The radio on the table is a Philco from 1940 that I fixed up last summer and had nowhere else to put. The sewing machine, a Singer 66, is on the table only because I'm in the middle of a project and I didn't want to put it away for the picture. (Unfinished project is seen hanging at far left.)
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    Love it, Lizzie! I was hoping you'd post some photos as I suspected you had an older kitchen! I really like the wall color - mint green? I have a set of (new) Fiestaware in the original '30s colors - seafoam green, pale yellow, turquoise, peach - that would look fabulous in your cupboards! It was my first set of dishes that I just didn't like on my barn red shelves. I've packed them away in favor of plain white ironstone, but some day I'll get them out again.

    I'm impressed that you only defrost your fridge once a year! The seal on my door is dry and doesn't seat very well, so that must lead to my glacial ice every month. Do you use your wringer on a regular basis? That's dedication! And make sure you post that sewing project, too!

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    Hello all, new to the forums here, but a fan nonetheless. The wife and I have been slowly putting together our kitchen and a finally acquired a big piece on our chairs a couple weeks ago. They cleaned up well but I will probably be reupholstering them in a white/seafoam green manner to match the table top. The Telechron "Buffet" wall clock was a thrift store find recently as well. Still a work in progress but I thought I would share. Enjoy!

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    OK in the last several minutes I have become a bit more savvy with technology and I can post the pics to the site now hehe, so here you all go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jish1969
    OK in the last several minutes I have become a bit more savvy with technology and I can post the pics to the site now hehe, so here you all go!

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    Keep the chairs as they are. I have looked around for a while and have yet to find a source for replacement upholstery in cracked ice green. They have it in yellow, red and gray but green just isn't in demand they say.
    I have a yellow table and a green table. The yellow table has the charis with it so that made my choice easy. I have no idea what my grandmother did with the chairs to the green cracked ice table. It is now in my patio with my other grandmother's wooden dining room chairs around it.
    People think they are so rebellious and original, when really they are just banal, boring and dumb.

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    I would like to keep the chairs original, but the problem is that three of the chairs are in great condition and the fourth is wrecked. They were apparently hung up in a barn in Boston, NY for 30 years, with one of them being right under a big leak, so it was shot. I took it anyway and am going to have it re-chromed, but in order for them to match again I will have to reupholster all of them. I got my feet wet in this field already with a buddy's chairs and did a swell job so once I find a fabric that stands out I'll probably get around to it, but for now I am in no rush...

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