A furniture maker and homeowner Nathan Chandler were fascinated after knowing that the house he bought had so much to offer and even exceeded his expectations too much.
“I don’t know about you, but I’m crazy about two things: the color pink and antiques. So when I saw this stunning, all-original, 1950s kitschy kitchen, I immediately fell in love!” Chandler said after being asked how he felt about the 1956 house he bought and found out that no one was ever lived in until he came along in 2010.
The house’s retro untouched kitchen gives a blast from the past. All the appliances that used to be state of the art were still in their brand new, original condition and even the original owner’s manuals taped to the sides. While I have a lot of questions about why this house was vacant for over 50 years, I sure am glad the homeowner decided to take pictures of this preserved gem, and share them for all to see.
The pink kitchen might be a bit of a turn-off these days but did you know that the color pink played an important role in the 1950s? A pink kitchen might seem out of place nowadays, but they were once popular. The color pink actually had a deeper meaning for people living in the 1950s. It oozes femininity by today’s standards, but also conjures up thoughts of joy and growth.
First Lady Mamie Eisenhower’s favorite color was pink. This made the whole country love the same color too that made them decorate their bathrooms and kitchens with the same color.
Mamie became the unofficial model for an American housewife while her husband, Dwight Eisenhower, was in the White House. She was once quoted as saying, “Ike runs the country. I turn the pork chops.”
Dubbed “Mamie pink,” the color soon became a national symbol for the joy felt at the end of WWII. As families worked at the remaking of the American household, pink was incorporated in many homes. It was particularly common in kitchens and bathrooms.
Aside from the color pink Mamie also incorporated it with green, and cream. No matter which homes she and Ike were living in, she would get to painting and decorating as soon as they moved in. This helped transform the house into a home.
It’s hard to imagine so many homes with pink bathrooms, kitchens, appliances, and more. Still, all things pink rose into such high demand. People were really capitalizing on the joy this color brought people.
Because of the high demand, it would take some people years to transform a room in their home to their own little pink palace. This home in particular is like a time capsule of the 1950s. The appliances still had the original manuals when the home was purchased in 2010.
This retro untouched kitchen is really one of a kind. When growing up, we moved into a home that hadn’t been updated since it was originally built in the 1930s. While it was cute, it wasn’t all that functional. We had a lot of hard-to-use space and we didn’t have a dishwasher. But the character the house had on its own was really something that people long for nowadays and even spend a lot of money on trying to achieve.