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Our Dream Kitchen
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Post# 1023289   2/1/2019 at 11:07 by mixrman (Eutaw, Alabama)        

I thought I'd share a few photos with the group as it is nice to find others who might appreciate our 'dream kitchen' and adjacent butler's pantry. The room was added to our 1850s house in 1928- and it was completely empty when we bought it 22 years ago. That left us free to do whatever we wanted! We decided to create a 1950s kitchen. It took 10 years to gather, remove rust, clean, and paint all of the Youngstown cabinets. About the time we were putting it all together, Formica reissued the turquoise boomerang laminate, so of course we had to have it. The Tappan 400 range was purchased from the original owner in Warren, Ohio (since the photos were taken- I obtained a 'spare' unit in Pittsburgh that had the optional cabinet- which is now under the one in the kitchen - and the whole unit was painted red-beige to match the cabinets). The 1973 Kitchen aid Superba came from a flea market in Clanton, AL, the one in the butler's pantry came from a Habitat Restore. The 1962 GE refrigerator was discovered in a junk pile behind an appliance store in Tuscaloosa, AL (it is the subject of my first post on this site...). The turquoise Hotpoint refrigerator in the pantry came from the old Parkview Pharmacy, also in Tuscaloosa. Out of camera range is a turquoise Hotpoint range, a Westinghouse roaster on stand, and an Ironrite mangle ironer. The funky light fixture was discovered in Huntsville, AL. We display our ever-growing collection of percolators and Sunbeam appliances atop the upper cabinets. My wife made the curtains from Fiesta tablecloths. When the house has been on the Greene County Historic Home tour, the kitchen has always been one of the most popular 'attractions,' and seems to generate a lot of 'happy memory' talk. I am pleased to say that the whole conglomeration has proven to be both fun and functional.

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Post# 1023290 , Reply# 1   2/1/2019 at 11:21 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Congratulations on putting together a beautiful vintage kitchen!! I am so glad you were able to find such a complete set of Youngstown Kitchens cabinets - they look wonderful.

I approve of the mixer display, too!! LOL

Post# 1023292 , Reply# 2   2/1/2019 at 11:42 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

I love this!

Post# 1023302 , Reply# 3   2/1/2019 at 14:02 by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        
A fine kitchen!

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I can see why the kitchen is such a hit when the house is open for tours.  Looks fantastic!


And in Eutaw, AL of all places.  Whoodathunkit?



Post# 1023303 , Reply# 4   2/1/2019 at 14:37 by spacepig (Floridas Emerald Coast)        

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What an amazing kitchen--just stunning! I do hope you can get your GE refrigerator working properly again, a new fridge just wouldn't look right in its place. BTW, I sent you an e-mail on this site re: your fridge :-)

Post# 1023311 , Reply# 5   2/1/2019 at 17:05 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
Contact your state film and TV commission . . .

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. . . and pocket a few thousand a day renting it out to studios looking for just such a setting.

Post# 1023335 , Reply# 6   2/1/2019 at 21:35 by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        

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Amazing attention to detail.  Beautiful colors.

Post# 1023354 , Reply# 7   2/2/2019 at 05:32 by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        

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It looks absolutley wonderful

Post# 1023430 , Reply# 8   2/2/2019 at 20:34 by JustJunque (Western MA)        
Absolutely beautiful!

Wonderful job!
Our house was built in 1965, and I've daydreamed about being able to bring it back to what it may have looked like when it was built.
Congratulations on living the dream!


Post# 1023723 , Reply# 9   2/5/2019 at 23:01 by sarahperdue (Alabama)        
You’ve come a long way, baby!

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Wow! John,

Y’all have been pretty busy, and it looks amazing!

And I love the vintage Black&Decker Toast-r-Oven. It may not be as vintage as the rest of your kitchen but it’s definitely a performer.


Post# 1023927 , Reply# 10   2/7/2019 at 20:14 by Kevin313 (Detroit, Michigan)        

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Stunning!! Just beautiful- enjoy!

Post# 1023975 , Reply# 11   2/8/2019 at 10:20 by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

I really appreciate the farmhouse solid-surface sink with the vintage metal-edged Formica...using the most appropriate and useful material in each location!

Post# 1026266 , Reply# 12   3/4/2019 at 23:08 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        

internet was out for a few days and I noted this thread while out and wanted to say what a great job you have done on that kitchen, congratulations. Brian

Post# 1026355 , Reply# 13   3/5/2019 at 20:29 by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        

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This is one of the very best recreations of a mid-century kitchen. Astonishingly good, without a hint of parody or exaggeration.

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