Classic 1962 Kitchen

July 20th, 2010 · 20 Comments

For all you retro lovers out there:  a 1962 Phoenix home with original kitchen.  Original blue oven!  Original blue range and exhaust hood!  Original cabinets & handles!

original kitchen cabinets blue oven range exhaust hood 1962 1960s Phoenix home

Tags: 1960s · Cabinets · Kitchen · Not Ugly · Phoenix Homes

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Murphy // Jul 20, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Gimme, Gimme, Gimme

  • 2 Murphy // Jul 20, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    That kitchen should be in Atomic Ranch magazine!

  • 3 Jayne // Jul 20, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    The other day as I was driving down Cactus Rd. I saw a 1960’s era house that looked so perfectly original it even had a vintage 60’s car in the carport. Awesome.

  • 4 Kat // Jul 20, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    It’s beautiful.

  • 5 Karla // Jul 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    So, Leif, do people shop for this? Authentic 50’s 60’s houses with original stuff? Or is this a discouragement to buyers?

  • 6 Leif // Jul 20, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Karla, I would have said it was a turn-off to buyers about 2 years ago. But then the 20-somethings & 30-somethings started vocalizing a strong pull toward 50s & 60s retro. I think it’s because the recession is bringing out old values that they recognize in their grandparents and bringing back memories of their grandparents.

    In Phoenix, I’ve noticed that buyers are appreciating the old homes (for Phoenix that means 1950s & 1960s) for having block construction and neighborhoods with green lawns (versus gravel yards) and tall trees instead of cookie-cutter subdivisions. And they appreciate the more solid cabinetry & craftmanship from back then.

    The biggest responses I get on this blog are for the truly messy homes, the retro 50s-60s-70s homes, and before & after remodels.

  • 7 Leif // Jul 20, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    That said, wallpaper is still a problem. No one has time to remove it.

  • 8 Murphy // Jul 21, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Leif, I’m a Boomer and my love for the retro stuff is pure nostalgia. Trying to recreate my youth, I guess. I’m glad younger people are loving it too!

  • 9 Mirth // Jul 21, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Love the whole thing (except for the three way spotlight).

  • 10 VWgal // Jul 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Love it!

  • 11 Holley // Jul 21, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Almost an exact replica of the kitchen in my childhood home. Such great memories! Thank you for sharing!!!!

  • 12 Angela // Jul 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I love these old cabinets. They look a little dirty and I would probably paint them white, paint the walls a complementary color to bring out the 50’s baby blue, replace the flooring with something more interesting and probably put in a new backsplash. (I can’t really make it out but it doesn’t appear original.) The countertops might have to go but I can’t tell from the photo.

    It’s such a bummer that people rip out kitchens like this all the time instead of just tweaking them a bit.

    Oh yeah, and that 3-way light is an abomination.

  • 13 Murphy // Jul 22, 2010 at 7:49 am

    If that was my kitchen, and I wish it was, I would strip the cabinets of the old dirty varnish and put a couple coats of gloss poly on them. That will make the color glow and sparkle. Then I would paint the walls the same blue color as the appliances, replace the light fixture and sit back and enjoy!!

  • 14 Argyle // Jul 23, 2010 at 11:34 am

    If it were my kitchen, I would marvel at how clean it was.
    Angela, that doesn’t sound like a little tweak!

  • 15 Nicholas // Jul 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I don’t see what’s so appealing about these “retro” kitchens. To me, they seem kinda boring.

  • 16 sandra // Jun 25, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    we had this exact oven/range when we bought our 1961 raised ranch home back in 1988. it was the first thing to a flashback…

  • 17 Steveachum // Nov 13, 2011 at 5:13 am

    I  the blue

  • 18 Greeney // Jul 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I have never seen lovely wood cabinetry like this in a pre 1970 home where I live. All the homes from that era have cheap plywood cabinets here that can never be shown without paint. The light fixture is from the 80s. It was the original in our 80s home. Any industrial, metal light fixture casts no light at all and is useless and ugly, but there are people who like them.

  • 19 Joe // Sep 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    you call that ugy? that’s quite pretty… ugly is today’s ultra modern kitchens that look like science labs or office kitchenettes…

  • 20 Leif // Sep 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Joe, I agree with you about modern kitchens. And thank you for the comment. At the time of the post, I hadn’t created a Not Ugly category. I will update this post right now.

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