Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Tour of my Fifties Kitchen


I love to see tours of other people's homes, especially kitchens. So in tune with that, I thought I would share my kitchen such as it is. If you want to see a kitchen from the fifties, I have one. Other than flooring and an added dishwasher, this is the home's original kitchen. We bought this house after my hubby's grandmother passed away. She was the original owner and the cleanest most persnickity woman I ever met. I mean that in a good way. It is the reason the kitchen was kept in such good care.  Ready for a time warp?


Love doing dishes and looking out my window.



Original stove hood. Copper is what I was told it is made of. Not sure about that.



Oranges from the yard.

Morning central.
 Original oven and my aprons hanging there. Of course the dirtiest one is on top.

Hung this pot rack here though it has never held a pot. Too low. Just old things from my mother's kitchen.


We cram this banquet with 7 people sometimes. Dad and I get the bench. The kids and their friends all squeeze.


Finally figured out where to place my spatterware coffee pot I just bought.



50s houses have lots of doors.


Snack jar I always keep filled for the kids. Usually it holds Goldfish but today I couldn't resist the Lil' Debbies.
 Just looking at these pictures reiterates the need I feel to paint this kitchen another color. It is indeed the color Bandaid as my kids say.

Okay do you want one now? They are great frozen.




There you have my simple kitchen. What I did not show you were the funky tiles I have strategically hidden. Turquoise blue Sunburst tiles. I even see dishes with that pattern in antique stores. Have never been able to embrace them but maybe someday I'll go more retro in here but I just love cozy so much more.

Linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch
A Stroll Thru Life
Boogie Board Cottage
Show off your Cottage Monday
Coastal Charm
A Beach Cottage
Sue Loves Cherries
Faded Charm
Savvy Southern Style
Brambleberry Cottage
Vintage Thingies Thursday
My Romantic Home





97 comments:

Sandra said...

Oh my...I LOVE your kitchen! I can't believe almost everything is original, especially the oven. I would love to have your kitchen...love the banquet, the red phone, the homey decor...I could on and on...can I move in? :o) Thank you for sharing.

Oh, and I agree, cozy should be the no.1 priority in any home.

Beverly said...

Thank you for sharing. Your kitchen is so pretty, and I love those old ovens. The kitchen is in incredible shape.♥

Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage said...

This kitchen is exactly my taste! I love,love it!

Pam said...

I really love your kitchen. I have never seen those types of stoves before. Very unique. Sort of look like the front load washers. And I always wanted one of theose banquet seating areas in a kitchen. So cute!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Seems my post disappeared. I love your kitchen. it is almost idential to my first house. You have it decorated beautifully. I love it all. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Where You Hang Your Heart said...

Your kitchen is so cute! It looks very inviting too! I had a pot hanger just like yours in one of my former houses. I found it too low as well, but I had to use it because I had no space. I love how your kitchen is retro, but it doesn't look outdated. You've made it look very fresh.

Mandie said...

I love your kitchen!! We have the exact same table/benches but ours is wood. I have been wanting to paint it white or black and now that I see yours in white I think that is the winning color. Your oven is to die for!!! So precious. When I first moved out of my moms house I rented a house with a 50's refridgerator and I loved it. You had to life the handle to open it :). Thank you for the tour of your kitchen is is sooo pretty!

Ashley said...

I love your kitchen! Its adorable in all it's vintage charm! And you have done a beautiful job decorating it.

Donnie said...

What a lovely space. You have a beautiful kitchen and lots of sweet memories.

Val said...

I'm in love with your kitchen!! The oven is AMAZING!

Mica said...

I love it...It is sweet and simple. That is neat you live in a home where your Hubby's Gramma lived. It is very cozy and darling all in one. Thanks for the tour...Hugs,Mica

Nellie's Cozy place said...

I love your charming cozy kitchen. Reminds me of my neighbors house when I was a kid, she was like your hubbies grandmother. I think it is a wonderful place. Older homes had so much character, I love them for that reason.
Also love your banquette eating area, so neat!
I am a table sitter and love to sit and drink coffee and sit at the table, we have such great discussions and times like that! Bet you do too.
Blessings, Nellie

Vintage Gal said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your kitchen ~ mine is a vintage 50's kitchen too!

Lisa said...

The 40's and 50's are my most favourite decade EVA! Love your oven and everything.

Cheers,
Lisa x

Lisas Creative Home said...

Visiting from a Beach Cottage. Your kitchen is adorable! Its so cute and cozy. I love the punches of red. I noticed your red and white polka dots. I am CRAZY over red and white polka dots right now in my kitchen. I just bought a small bowl I diplay on my counter for packets of sweetner. I really want a set of polka dot mixing bowls, mugs and dishes but they are pretty expensive.
Love your blog. I am your newest follower.
Lisa

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Your kitchen is adorable. I love everything about it! The tile, the vintage appliances, your cute accessories, and the banquet is to *die* for! Please let us see the tiles...please, please, please, please! I bet we would *heart* them!!!

Ann said...

What a great looking kitchen!! I love the cabinets and those ovens. :o)
What memories your husband must have of that home and kitchen.
Happy Rednesday!
Fondly,
Ann
@
The Tattered Tassel

Genie said...

All I can say is your ’50’s kitchen is my DREAM KITCHEN. Everything about it is to die for in my book. I love all the colors and the way you nave decorated it. I know you most love every minute you spend in there. I think I would want to sleep in there, too. Great post.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Girl this is just turn key ready for me...I loved seeing this wonderful kitchen..Your very lucky to have this my friend..Loveit..My 50' stuff would feel right at home here ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gloria

Vintage Home said...

delightful kitchen loved & charming....!Thanks for sharing!

Boo-Bah said...

I am in love with your kitchen. How wonderful it is. I would rather have a retro kitchen than a modern one any old day.
I love the roosters,I love the decor. I love everything. It looks so roomy. You are one lucky lady! I love your blog too. Good grief Iam just filled with love love love tonight.

monah http://graciouscottage.com/ said...

Hi,
I like the red and the vintage touches. I appreciate the tour.

Please visit me and follow back.
monah

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I love your kitchen!!! It reminds me of my aunt's kitchen. She passed away last year, but lived in this house for as far back as I can remember. Her kitchen nook was just like that :-) We kids always crammed in there to eat for the holidays. I guess the adults ate in the dining area, but I don't really even remember, we were having too much fun in the kitchen :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

Tina at akagramma said...

I absolutely love your kitchen! And I've enjoyed reading your blog! I'll be back to read more soon!
You have a new follower!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

I love your vintagie kitchen. I love red, so this is right up my alley! Please stop over for a visit when you have time. :)

Terry said...

What a great place you have! I found your blog though Coastal Charm and so happy to have found you! I am your newest follower and can't wait to read more of your blog!

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

love your little red and white counter top vignette!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

A red telephone! My goodness, I haven't seen one of those for years!

BEDTIME?

A woman who always saw red,
Could not get it out of her head;
Her dreams were red-hot,
Although she was not
Exactly Miss Scarlett in bed.


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Red Leaves After Rain

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Beautiful kitchen. I love the touchs of red and especially the eating area. ~~Sherry~~

~~Carol~~ said...

This may be a 50s kitchen, but it can't in any way be considered "dated". I love it! Especially that oven, and I would actually like very much to see those Starburst tiles that you've hidden. Pretty please?!?
Happy REDnesday!
Carol

The Vintage Attic said...

What a sweet kitchen, bet it puts a smile on your face every morning when you enter it.

Melissa

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

i just love your kitchen...it's super cute and cozy! very cool stove and oven. the little dining nook is so sweet too!

VintageBettys said...

Your kitchen is so cozy! We love your vintage tablecloth. Your snack jar is so cool looking! Thanks for sharing. We want to see your tiles, they sound fun!

Happy Rednesday,
Laura and Michele

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Your kitchen is sooooo gorgeous; I love, love, love the wall ovens!

Sue @ Beach Bungalow
xo

P.S. Stop by and say hello sometime!

Jane said...

Love your kitchen. I have an old kitchen also, but I don't have the original appliances like you do. I just put up some photos of my kitchen on my blog. http://cottageatthecrossroads.com
This is my 1st visit to your blog. I came by way of Savvy Southern Style.

gena said...

What a fun space - love those ovens - they look like something the Jetson's would have had !!!

thanks for sharing,
gena

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That is just the cutest sweetest kitchen. Reminds me of my grandmother's. Thanks for sharing this at my party.

bj said...

Love your cute kitchen..the red wall phone is amazing.:)

I, too, live in a 50's house. Been here for over 30 years. My kitchen has not had the "bones" changed in any way but it doesn't have the original stove or anything. I LOVE my kitchen..white uppers and red bottom cabinets and last year, Mr. Sweet put in black and white tile backsplash.
Thanks much for giving a tour of your kitchen.
xo bj

Sanctified Spaces said...

Thanx for the lovely tour.Well preserved kitchen.

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

i LOVE anything/everything 50s and your kitchen is truly 50s and AMAZING!!! i love all the vintage kitchenalia..i wouldn't change a thing it's PERFECT just as it is!! thanks for the tour :) x

Coloradolady said...

Oh, I adore your kitchen....and I'd LOVE to see your tiles, you can email me a pic if you want!!! I need to paint my kitchen too, I don't know what color. I had a perfectly vintage kitchen much like yours, but it was yellow....and when I was younger, I had no brain, and we redid the kitchen. You have no idea how I miss that kitchen, and I'd NEVER tell my husband that, but if I could have it back, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Not that I don't like it now, but I know I'd love the VINTAGE better now at this time in my life!!! Happy VTT. I loved your kitchen tour.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Oh I love your kitchen! I have my Grandparents house that I bought recently. The kitchen was redone after they sold it in the 70's but I have tried to give it that 50's feeling again. Love that oven! and of course red and white!

LV said...

I have seen a lot of 50s kitchens, but none looked as pretty as yours. I love it and try to keep that way. I am not so fond of some of the moe modern ways.

Tiffany Steers, Sylacauga, AL said...

Precious Kitchen. I really like your use of red. Love the red phone! Enjoyed visiting your blog. Visit me at thecrankyqueen.blogspot.com Tiff

Anna said...

AWesome kitchen, so great to have a home that was well taken care of. Thanks for sharing.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

How fun to see your version of a 1950s kitchen! My house was built in 1951 and the bones are still the original too! Our appliances have been updated though. Love your fun oven. I know you bake so it must still work well. I'll have to give a tour someday but mine is so much smaller than yours. I like how you have everything arranged. Nice and cozy and neat! One day I hope to have a vintage stove too. :)

Pamela said...

Your kitch is way tooo cute!

Shabby Soul said...

Very pretty! I was expecting pink :-) I love the polka dot dishes!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

oh gosh! i love your kitchen! swooned! love love love all the pretties in there! look so warm and cozy.. if my kitchen looks like yours, I don't mind staying there! beautiful!

Morning Glory Cottage said...

Hi, I'm your newest follower. I love your kitchen. Our house was built in 1940 and it had the original kitchen when we moved in, but it was not nearly this nice. She really did take care of it. Just found your blog, but I'll be back to catch up.

Sarah said...

Fun kitchen. I grew up in the 50s so this is familiar to me. LOL
Both of the homes we've owned were built in the 30s, but we updated the kitchen in the home we now live in. Love all the crisp white and red accents. Very cheerful kitchen. You might enjoy my recent post on the book, RED ON RED. ~ Sarah

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Love it! It looks so quaint in all its retro glory. And those 50s ovens are remarkable!

Thanks for linking to the party.

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

BettyJean @ Shabby Tea Party said...

Loved the kitchen tour and all the pretty red pieces. I've just discovered your beautiful blog and has awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award. To see rules for playing along go to http://shabbyteaparty.blogspot.com Hugs

theresa EH said...

The style of that stove is all back in style!!! as I was just looking at them at Home Depot last week!!

Gina said...

Your kitchen is beautiful! There's nothing like a vintage kitchen.

Faith said...

Sweet kitchen..love that oven...WOW.....it is cozy and inviting your place. thanks for sharing.

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Love your kitchen; we just demo-ed ours. Wish it had been in great shape like yours, but is was a mess!

I'm a new follower!

Sue @ Beach Bungalow
xo

Stacey said...

Your kitchen is so awesome! The colors are so nice, too...I adore you banquet! I wanted one of these so badly unitl I ended up getting a chine huth instead :o)

I am a new follower - nice to be here!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Sarah said...

Gorgeous kitchen. So glad that you found me so that I could find you. I am your newest follower.

rmgales said...

You have a new follower. I love your kitchen, it reminds of my grandmother's with the red and white accessories. I've never seen an oven like that, I'm in awe. The red phone brings back memories. I'll be visiting often.

Dayle said...

That double oven, with the round "windows" is simply amazing.

Mecky said...

That is a very cute and comfy kitchen!! I LOVE the oven!!!

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Wow! Love the double oven! Looks like a washer and dryer! ♥

Liesl said...

You have the most adorable kitchen! Thanks Grandma for looking after it so well, do not change a thing!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

love the kitchen! I so admire the fact you have left it basically the same. You have your husband grandparents house....I bought my grandparents and have the kitchen in the colors etc as they did, red white and yellow, yep 50's!!

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello,

I am so glad to see a real kitchen. What I mean is that it hasn't been renovated. This is my favorite style. It seems very cozy...one of my favorite rooms in the house!


~ Gabriela ~

MountainBlessings said...

What a cute kitchen. It seems so cozy and sweet. I love the old ovens, do they still work? thanks for sharing, you can just feel the love. Those types of kitchens were made for families and memories. blessings, Marla

Marianne said...

I just love this kitchen...it's so cozy and I can't believe what great condition it is in. And those ovens are the cutest. I almost bought a house years ago with the original 50's kitchen, it had red formica countertops. It was just adorable.
Marianne :)

Jenn said...

I did come see your kitchen. Oh. I love it. I have a red polka dot bowl (and a striped one) like yours. Got it in a win over at Brambleberry Cottage when I was last blogging. What a wonderful thing to have the history of family past and present in your house. Just love it. Jenn

The Modern-Retro Housewife said...

LOVE your kitchen! Very very cozy, and I adore the original oven! Very cool that the home was in your family...I love family history/genealogy and think this is really cool. Thanks for sharing!!!

The Hopeless Romantic said...

I love ur kitchen, it so much reminds me of my own. Except i have electric, instead of gas :-( Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by to visit my bedroom so that i could find ur blog, urs is the kind i love view....Bonnie

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I just love your kitchen!! Love the red touches, we have red items in our kitchen, too. I just found your blog tonight. Just my style, I'll be back to read more!

I have a link party every Wednesday, I'd love for you to come over and post something, if you have the time. Pretty blog!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I love your 1950's kitchen! I'm crazy for a vintage original kitchen. How great is that stove hood? I love that.

Sassy said...

I ♥ ♥ ♥ YOUR KITCHEN!!!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!! EVERYTHING about it......

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Utterly charming... So sweet and cheery... just what I LOVE in a kitchen.

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Greetings... Well, I read your post, and wanted to say: this isn't a 'time warp' - it is a 'time treasure.' THEN, I saw you had 75 comments. Holy cow! 75 comments??!!! I only read a few, but the 'gist' of the comments, I THINK, is that people LOVE it! Isn't it funny that most people now-a-days try to be so proud of their 'islands' and their 'granite countertops' and their remodeled kitchens, yet you show your GORGEOUS, normal, KITCHEN and you get so many comments?? That shows me that MOST of us love a well-loved kitchen, forget about the modern crap! ;)
Best to you,
Gloria

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I came by to visit your garden post , which I love what you did around the fountain with the plants and your Kitchen on your side bar caught my eye.
I love your red and white kitchen. I also have a vintage looking kitchen that we just painted red and a soft yellow. If you are interested in seeing it , please stop by and click on the link on my sidebar.!!

Your Kitchen is stunning and isn't there just something about red in a Kitchen??

Hugs,
Debbie

Twigs said...

Adorable kitchen. I'm especially taken with the red telephone. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. I'm such a beginner in the blogging world and not especially savy in computer use but forward I go. Keep up the good work.

brenda said...

I love your kitchen. I live in the house I grew up in it is a 1970's and still have some of the avacodo green and you have inspried me. I am new to blogging and just blogged about restoring chairs to my grandmothers dinining room chairs. I look forward to reading more of your post.

Brandi said...

love your red and white kitchen. So bright and cheery!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

So very cozy this retro 50's kitchen, it is too adorable for words. I love the way you described every part of it, I love the stove and the hood, red was so in then, I love the breakfast nook, so warm to be there with the family, we have one like that one and we squizze in as many as 6 with my grandgirls. This kitchen looks like the one my mom used to have in Astoria, Queens when I was growing up! Thank you so much for sharing and have a great week. FABBY

The Scrappy Cottage said...

What a fun kitchen to cook in. LOVING the red. I have to say your stove is amazing, just think of all the yummy food that has come out of there. I know the food just has to taste so much better cooked in a wonderful kitchen like this one. Have a most blessed day.~~Cherrie~~

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Elaine,
Your little kitchen is so cute and unique! I've never seen oven doors with circular windows. At first I thought it was a washer and dryer :)

Gail said...

Your kitchen looks so bright and cheerful, and therefore, welcoming! Nice to "meet" you! Gail

Tracy said...

Your kitchen is adorable & so clean! I love it. :)

Michele@A Quiet Gracious Life said...

I LOVE your 50's kitchen! Especially the built-in ovens. And you have it decorated so nicely, such *cosiness*.

Ang said...

your kitchen is lovely!!! look forward to perusing your blog more. can I ask where does one get one of those vintage-looking dish drains that fit in your double sink? I have one, doesn't fit quite that well!!! thanks!!!
Angela from NJ

Michelle said...

Your kitchen is soooo pretty! I've got what might be 50's cabinets (in a 20's house), but they're in awful shape. Posts like yours make me wonder if maybe they *could* be salvaged...

Ang said...

Oh so cute! I love how decorated it is, even though it looks rather "cozy", as in not overly spacious. Gives me some ideas for my kitchen!

Anne said...

Sweet kitchen! Love old houses but I agree - those doors!!!!!

Have a great weekend,

xox

bszejk said...

I'm a new follower and absolutely love your kitchen! It is so sweet and welcoming! You are one lucky gal! The red telephone just tops it off! :o)

Hugs,
Brandy

Cherub Cottage said...

Love your cute kitchen, gonna try your mom's potato salad recipe looks so yummy...Have a great Sunday, it has been a warm couple of days in CA hasn't it? :)

nancy said...

How cute! I love that you kept what worked, and made it your own! Good job!!!

Light Cottage said...

Loved your kitchen tour! Love the red! Thank you for sharing,
Kim

Suziq1023 said...

YOU have done your hubby's grandma proud with your decorating. It's obvious you have great taste and style. And the porthole ovens! Too cute!

8)(8 said...

Wow. That is so amazing and charming. I love the wall ovens!

I have a house that was built in the 40s and let's say there is no kitchen yet, but I want to make one that is charming and suits the home. Oh my! Let's say the previous owner(s) was a polar opposite to your grandma's meticulousness.

Faith said...

never tire of your kitchen visits.
so charming and comforting....like the mugs you got...you find cool stuff.

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