A vintage kitchen is extremely nostalgic and can transport the homeowner back in time. Fortunately, creating that feel has never been easier than it is today. You can move into a vintage home but that is not always a viable option.
Vintage is considered the time period spanning the 1920’s to the 1950’s. So, as you can see, if you are after that vintage kitchen look, you’ve got a lot to choose from!
Many antique shops specialize in these kinds of goods. Things such as vintage sinks can be re-glazed and you can easily retrofit the plumbing.
Vintage Kitchen Cabinets
If you already have vintage kitchen cabinets, why not take a crack at refinishing them? The typical refinishing techniques apply; all you’ve got to do is get the finish and the color right. Many vintage cabinets were painted with a glossy white.
White was considered to be a more hygienic color choice. Perhaps as association with the white tiled hospitals of the time? A gloss or semi gloss paint is also a good choice because of its ease of cleaning and bright reflective qualities. Spraying rather than brushing will result in a smoother, more authentic look.
Just changing your kitchen cabinet hardware can make a difference in achieving the vintage look. Many websites specialize in this kind of hardware, some of it replica and some of it new in the box. In just a few hours you can transform your cabinet’s look!
Vintage Kitchen Appliances
This area is a bit harder to apply to the genuine article. Appliances take a lot of wear and tear and replacement parts are very difficult to come by.
Another problem is that regulations have changed so much as they relate to refrigerants and things of that nature.
Fortunately, brand new appliances with an authentic retro look are now on the market. They are not exact replicas of course, but it was all about style and smooth lines. These moder appliances certainly have that look nailed.
Give Your Countertops that Retro Look
Many vintage countertops were made of wood. Wood is a poor choice for the kitchen because of both fire and water damage. Fortunately though, you can find plastic laminates that fit the bill exactly. It is extremely hard to tell it from the real thing.
Another traditional countertop material was ceramic tile. White, of course, was very common as mentioned earlier because of its hygienic implications. Later, complementary color schemes became very trendy.
If you tile your kitchen countertops be sure to use a good grout sealer. The kitchen is a wet and greasy area.
There are many things you can do to transform the look of your kitchen. Some of it you can really sink some money into and some you can do on the cheap. Your choice!