Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Back to the Future with Kitchen Accessories

by Gabby Hyman
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Old is most definitely "in." Tour the local home-appliance store or kitchen electric accessory Web site and you're bound to see a wide range of retro designs. Most of the latest retro accessories combine state-of-the-art electric kitchen gadgetry with old-school appearance. Some accessories attempt to duplicate the precise look and feel from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s originals. Others may combine features that suggest a retro look, merged into a contemporary device. Customers can choose from the tacky and cheesy--as well as stylish and retro-glamorous accessories. There are retro salt and pepper shakers, spoon rests for the range, and ticking aluminum egg timers. You can find a retro blender and drink maker from a modern manufacturer that resembles the old malt-shop gizmo to a tee. It has two speeds and a 28-ounce stainless steel mixing cup. Another manufacturer offers a retro four-slice toaster-oven that looks old school, but has a non-stick baking pan and cookie sheet, multiple heat settings, and an easy-to-clean interior.

Seeking Refurbished or New Retro Home Accessories?

If you prefer the genuine article to a simple knock-off reproduction, you might be in the market for refurbished retro accessories or appliances for your home. Refurbished stoves and refrigerators are readily available, although they fetch heavy prices. You're not only paying for the real thing, but the weeks of labor it takes to restore it.

Depending on the character and quality of the refurbishing shop, many appliances are stripped down to basics and rebuilt using overhauled original parts, or having special parts milled especially for the appliance. One thing to consider, however, is that original retro kitchen accessories and appliances usually lack modern conveniences of self-cleaning features, automated cycles, and ignition lighters. Ah, for the old days.

About the Author
Gabby Hyman has written for print and online media for more than 20 years. He has created online content for eToys, GoTo.com, Siebel Systems, Avaya, and Nissan UK. He has also been a web consultant to the Governor of California. As an author of fiction, journalism, and poetry, Gabby is a former English professor for the University of Illinois, University of Alaska, and Old Dominion University. He holds an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Alabama.

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