Vintage Stove Style

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Image: This Old House, Photo by Jack Thompson

When dreaming about remodeling a kitchen, most people imagine that everything would be new. We might picture a gorgeous new counter on top of brand new cabinets, a faucet as beautiful as it is functional, and gleaming state-of-the-art appliances. Some though, dream of something a little different: a vintage stove. Whether incorporated into an existing kitchen or worked into a newly designed space, vintage stoves bring added character!

The white vintage stove above is also featured below, this time in a fun yellow.

Vintage Stove Style

Image: Country Living, Design: Keller + Keller

So fantastic, right? Here’s another great example, showcasing a much sought after O’Keefe & Merritt stove.

Vintage Stove Style

Image: Remodelista, Design: Antonio Martins

Vintage models in their original or restored state can be found readily online or at flea markets. They often come in lovely colors that could anchor an entire scheme, like this amazing green stove.

Vintage Stove Style

Image: Design Milk, The Kameon Otsea Residence, Design: Nicholas/Budd Architects

While lacking in the modern amenities that a new stove can offer, oftentimes these vintage options are still going strong and can be a joy to cook on. Plus the charm they bring to a home is hard to beat!

Would you ever consider a vintage stove for your home?



  1. I bought a 1950’s Magic Chef gas range on Craigslist, and I’ve not regretted it for a minute! It’s such a fantastic appliance. I love the history of it. The finish is a bit worn, so I toy around with getting it powder coated in a fun color from time to time. I think bright orange or aqua would make me very happy. But for now, we enjoy the white.

  2. We started our married life with an antique Chambers gas stove (Looked just like those in your first two pics.), and used it for nine years. I loved it at the time but have since had several nightmares about it exploding while I was trying to light it. (No joke.) I especially loved the way that the oven and broiler smelled when warming up; how it heated the entire kitchen and dining area (Didn’t appreciate that feature in the summer though.); the griddle and grill were fantastic; and I also loved using the deep-well cooking pot. I have no other experience with antique stoves, but surely Chambers was one of the best back in the day. I understand your style and your love for the classics, but with the kids, I would recommend a reproduction stove. You need all of the current safety features and a stove that’s insulated to current standards. Another draw back is that our antique stove weighted a ton (only slight exaggeration). Good luck with your shopping.

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