These mid-century modern boomerang cabinet pulls are made of solid cast aluminum and finished in an anodized copper metallic finish. These are heavy, cold and substantially-cast pulls that have a quality feel and will be a pleasure to use in the kitchen or bathroom. Their retro metallic copper color is an excellent complement to many ceiling light fixtures of the 1950's and 1960's with the same copper-like finish.
Older mid-century homes often had in-wall electric heaters installed in their bathrooms and other smaller spaces. Unfortunately, original heaters can "burn out" from overused heating elements and transformers (that is, of course, if they weren't already removed entirely during a HVAC renovation). However, working vintage in-wall heaters are affordable and easy to replace or install. In-wall electric heaters still make economical and aesthetic sense, too, even if you have central heating in the home. They typically have classic retro styles, featuring chrome or polished aluminum grills and glowing heating elements. They are also perfect if you just need a little warmth in the bathroom on a cool morning without having to heat the entire home. Here are a few examples of some vintage in-wall electric heaters we have rescued and restored over the years.
Using vintage outdoor outlet covers on your home's exterior adds a touch of genuine retro style to a patio or porch. Modern weatherproof outlet covers can be bland industrial eyesores and drab blemishes on your house. These Hubbell-Bell outdoor outlet covers have an all-metal construction, finished in a quintessential mid-century anodized green finish that will remind you of your grandpa's toolbox every time you plug in your boombox or electric garden tools. We found a stash of these new old stock outlet covers, complete and sealed in their original packages. We installed some of these on our 1973 ranch house, and they look awesome and work beautifully. They are equipped with modern polarized sockets in a classic brown bakelite-esque finish. The foam rubber waterproof gaskets are still in excellent shape, so these receptacles can be installed and used safely. Foam rubber breaks down in poor storage environments, so even "old stock" vintage outdoor outlet covers may need some updating before installation, but you can purchase inexpensive universal replacement gaskets at your local hardware store.
Mid-Century front door knobs add an authentic touch to the entryway of your vintage or retro-inspired home. Also known as entry sets, complete kits typically include everything needed for installation and use (keys, strike plate, cutting and drilling templates, etc).
The Honeywell Tap Lite is a quintessential Mid-Century Modern light switch found in many homes of the late 1950's and early 1960's. It's a genuine Atomic Era push-button light switch from 1956 that was designed to make you feel like you were living in a spaceship...or at very least a modern home on the cutting-edge of tomorrow. Old stock Honeywell Tap Lites let you enjoy the latest in modern 1950's technology while showing your personal style, because the Honeywell Tap Lite originally included four different switch plate cover designs! It has a transparent acrylic cover that pops off, allowing you to insert one of the mind-blowing retro '50s designs included in the package. There are two pre-cut and pre-folded inserts, each is double-sided, making a total of four quintessential designs, including two awesome Atomic patterns, a simple silver-gray solid color, and a colorful, attention-grabbing happy clown face, whose nose becomes the ivory domed push button. A true conversation piece!
The nostalgic chime of a vintage NuTone doorbell takes us back to our childhood every time we hear it ding dong. Cincinnati, Ohio's Nutone has been manufacturing doorbells and door chimes since 1936. We have been removing old NuTone door chimes from the walls of teardown homes for years. Here are just a few of the NuTone doorbells from the 1950s and 1960s we have collected...