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The Unique Style of Vintage Kitchen Cabinets

There is a fifty-year time period of vintage looks you can research for your kitchen cabinets. The number one feature of vintage-style cabinets is simple designs, combined with a functional purpose. When you think about the time period when these vintage kitchen cabinets were made, you start to realize just how clever and simple these designs were. You may even begin to wonder why we even decided to go modern in the first place.

Built between the years 1880 and 1930, vintage kitchen cabinets may include the following unique features:

  • Drawers specifically designed for storing produce and spices.
  • A flour sifter.
  • A “cooler,” well known with the Hoosier cabinets. This “cooler” is a remarkable feature because it literally pulls cool air from any part of the house to keep foods like onions, tomatoes, and potatoes in cooler temperatures.
  • Besides the clever structure of these vintage cabinets, a more unique characteristic about the design is that they are built into the house.

    These days, we have a lot of storage and cabinets in our kitchens. One thing that didn’t live on in the designs was the floor-to-ceiling model of vintage cabinets. This was smart in the sense that it added more room for storage and took away the worry of dust and grim collecting, either on top of the cabinets or within that little space between the floor and cabinets. This style and design put a feeling of structure and purpose to the look and sense of the kitchen. We must remember that “back in the day,” people didn’t mind too much about style, but a lot about capacity and usefulness.

    Aside from the cabinets themselves, the counter tops played a huge role in the vintage simplicity style.

    The materials used to build counters were few, so the countertops were mostly made of wood, which looked wonderful and rustic but at the same time posed a problem with the sink and stove. As time went on, the choice for countertops grew and then people were able to choose from different colored ceramic tile. White became a more common choice for countertops, but occasionally there would be colors like gray or odd color combos like burgundy/yellow, jadeite green/black, and lavender/peach. As we all know, what’s pleasant to the eye is pleasant to the stomach!

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