Vintage 1950s kitchen

We were recently asked to create and style a 1950s kitchen for the Festival of Vintage at Epsom. We were pleased to say yes, as we LOVE a 1950s kitchen.

I dream of having one myself, and any regular readers will know my kitchen is a bomb site as we are mid way through a monster house renovation. Our old kitchen in our last house was very 1960s: we have a bright orange SMEG fridge and lots of CathrineHolm cookware.

Here are some piccies of the colourful melamine, formica and china. Remember that all items are available to buy except the cream 30s kitchen unit as that’s officially mine!

Vintage 1950s table chairs

We set it up as if the husband of the house had just come home. He had taken off his Harris tweed jacket and left his leather case on the floor. He is reading a copy of The Post while eating a cake that his wide had lovingly cooked. The chairs are fabulous: bright yellow with atomic prints all over. They were in great condition with no tears and were snapped up pretty quickly.

vintage teacup

We love this bamboo trio. The cakestand is really unusual with a glass base with pretty red flowers on. It has atomic ball white plastic feet.

Vintage 1950s kitchen

This is our vintage kitchen unit which will be in our kitchen when it’s finished. It has sliding glass doors at the top which we removed for the day. The pull out yellow formica worktop is so useful, we will use it as our bake station.

vintage 1950s kitchen

This vintage rolling pin is amazing and still in its original box. I love the graphics on kitsch! The pastel Tupperware in the background is so pretty…Tupperware really changed women’s lives around in the late 50s/early 60s enabling them to go out to work as well as keep their food fresh!

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The fab 50s printed material sold to a couple who were going to use it in their retro caravan.

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This vintage yellow formica kitchen unit has a table built into the cupboard. A great space device and bright and cheery too! We set up the scene as if the lady of the house had just finished baking the tarts that her husband is eating at the table. She used a skyline wooden rolling pin and a Masons mixing bowl. Her pinny is thrown over the side.

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The Tala measuring cone is ours and has been used lots. It uses the old cup measurements which is perfect when using old vintage recipes.

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Talking of recipe books, we love these old Stork books. Packed with recipes, their covers alone will brighten up your kitchen!

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On the floor was a vintage basket filled with old pegs and a carpet beater.

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Lastly on a lower shelf we added the 1950s Pyrex dishes in candy colours. They so don’t make them like this anymore do they?

Check out all our vintage kitchenalia available to buy here. We have tonnes not listed so if you fancy any of it get in touch!


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vintage teacup

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  1. 3 October 2012 / 7:04 am

    I absolutely love this kitchen. What a great project.
    I like the kitchen unit with pull out yellow Formica table. A great piece of furniture. Perfect for displaying all that fab Pyrex too.

    Katy x

  2. 3 October 2012 / 7:36 am

    What a brilliant idea – everyone loves a bit of nostalgia. Your staging is brilliant ad looks so natural. Only wish I had been able to make it to Epsom – next year!

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