Vintage Kitchens

Many of you know how much I love vintage kitchens which is why I didn’t update the one in our house. I really like the one above from with the mod Emilio Pucci-esque ceiling in this 1908 Prouts Neck estate! A hobby of mine is looking at homes online. I’ve been enjoying the MLS regularly since around 2005 when I was looking to buy a house, but then I never stopped because it’s a lot of fun to check out the interiors of old homes. I’ve noticed that charming old kitchens are getting harder to find now because the newer buyers of the older homes are updating them. But are they always nicer?









Before & After

This house sold only a year ago so the original photos from the older listing are still online. You can see the new listing here. Looks like they painted the cupboards black, some white, replaced the hardware and countertop, removed some shelves, put in new flooring and replaced the stove.

I prefer the original kitchen other than replacing the black stove. I love yellow and natural wood tones. It appears that the renovated black and white kitchen is brighter but I think it’s because of the time of day that made better use of the natural light. It’s all a matter of personal taste, of course, but it’s a safe bet that most people would prefer the newer version.

Which kitchen do you prefer? If you are a home buyer would you be willing to pay more money for a newer kitchen or hold out for vintage (or, as they say, “in need of cosmetic updates”) and pay less (with the $3,300,000 Prouts Neck home being an exception!)?

The photos shared in this post are from and are posted in accordance with fair use. Even so I will remove them if requested by the respective owners.

13 thoughts on “Vintage Kitchens

    1. I’m with you! I’m not a fan of muted everything with stainless appliances which is the current trend. As I wrote in an earlier post:

      We live in a culture of RENOVATE! UPDATE! BE ON TREND! with the specific dictates changing frequently. We’re confronted with TV shows where a perfectly serviceable kitchen is perceived as some sort of ugly moral failing followed by gleeful smashing it to pieces (instead of salvaging and donating it) to make room for whatever their sponsor/producer/unchecked budget is providing them. Online “influencers” show off their HGTV-worthy homes that are often renovated with a high frequency. It can be easy to feel like there’s something wrong with good enough if it’s not fashionable.

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  1. Wow! The light is better in that kitchen because they put in a sliding glass door where a window was.
    I guess I like the remodeled picture because it reminds me of my grandma’s kitchen in the 70s. She had that natural wood look with white cabinets and appliances too. Her island with her sink was a bank of open shelves on top and cupboards on the bottom in black, white, and natural wood colors.
    I guess I don’t have a great frame of reference for decorating because she didn’t usually buy things from the store. She’d go to the hardware and get switches and wire to turn moose antlers and wagon wheels into chandeliers. Her dining kitchen light was a horse hitch for a wagon with bare light bulbs screwed in at regular intervals.
    When we moved to a new build house in the 80s it had those yellow and green colors. My aunt and uncle remodeled their 1920s house in those colors during that time as well. So I guess yellow and that brown mean ‘newer’ to me.
    (Also the yellow kitchen makes me feel like eating and the white kitchen makes me want to go for a walk in the snow. 😂)

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  2. I bought a mid-century home, with a beautiful Almond colored Saint-Charles kitchen. I kept the cabinets. The counter tops were a mess, so I replaced them with soapstone and for the bar top, our contractor had left over scapes of mahogany that they turned into a beautiful bar. The appliances have been replaced as they had major failures throughout the years. The dishwasher was unsafe and got recalled and had to be replaced.

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