Kitchens & Baths

Kitchens & Baths

Old House Journal’s articles on historical and period kitchens and baths. See retro kitchens, kitchen additions, and new old kitchens. Learn about stoves, kitchen cabinets, and retro appliances. Tour inspired old-house bathrooms.

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1920s-40s Baths

Bungalow-era baths were of the “sanitary white” persuasion. Not so the bathrooms built after the mid-1920s! Bright color and Jazz Age glamour continued through the 1930s. By the mid-40s, white tile was back.

Modern Craftsman Kitchen

To replace nondescript space in an old house, an architect designs a hard-working “modern Craftsman” kitchen for a friend who has strong ideas about design and function.


Cozy Kitchens

Despite remodelings and our expectation of modern function, the old-house kitchen is a favorite space, often exuding atmosphere.





White Kitchens for Vintage Homes

From cabinets and flooring to tile, lighting, and hardware, it’s the details that usher a white kitchen into the right decade. Keep in mind that white hasn’t always meant bright white, either.








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