There are a lot of abandoned houses out in the country, that have not been lived in in a long, long time.  Here are a few pictures of (what I thought were) interesting old kitchens and bathrooms.  Some of these houses must have been quite nice in their day, and some were quite large too. 

Here’s one of a pink kitchen (to the right). 

Reminds me of our cupboards.


I don’t think the cabinets were metal.  Also, I wonder what that faucet-looking thing is to the right of the faucet.  A soap dispenser?  

Lovely blue matching fixtures! I have mixed feelings about this bathroom. With the right tile and some cleaning, I think I'd love it!

 And you thought your bathroom needed cleaning?

Here's another bathroom, not as colorful. The tub had a shower riser coming from the tub spout, somewhat like in our house.Just an old, abandoned bathroom.


Great refrigerator!


There was a refrigerator like this that came with our house.  It’s in our basement awaiting use again.  I like the wood cabinets too.  And that wallpaper is interesting.  I forget what that backsplash area was made of. 

Finally, here are two pieces of wallpaper I liked. 

Duck, Duck, Goose!


Reminds me of a combination between Mission and Deco styles, or something.



I’m trying to identify our bathroom and kitchen faucets, in order to make it easier to find parts and/or eventual replacements. 

The kitchen faucet is marked “Standard” and  “Re-Nu” at its base.  We suspect that perhaps the curved part of the faucet, coming out of the base, may have been replaced at some point, but we really have no way to know for sure. I know the Standard company at some time turned into the “American Standard” company we know now. The sink was manufactured by the Standard Sanitary Mfg. Co. of Louisville, and appears dated 5-27-38.  The dimensions are 42 x 25 and the model is “Hostess.” (I think our radiators were also manufactured by the Standard Company).

The only “Re-Nu” references I’ve found online all point to bathroom faucets, with different appearances.  It might be the Re-Nu label refers to the method of washers or valve seats the faucets use — more like a feature, than a specific model.

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The bathroom faucet handles are marked Kohler, with H or C on each handle.  The handles are cross-shaped, and the escutcheons are octagonal (with rounded sides). I have Kohler looking into it, but I don’t know if that company will be much use for info on faucets that old.  The house is from the 1930s, and we found a paper stating that Kohler faucets were to be used.  If I remember right, that paper was dated in the late 40s or early 50s.  The bathtub has the same faucets, only coming out of the wall.  Originally, the tub spout had no provision for a shower, but we replaced the spout with an exterior shower riser.

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Any information would be appreciated!

P.S. Incidentally, if anoyone has any good tips on cleaning vintage chrome faucets (obviously ours need a good cleaning!), I’d love to hear about those too!

I had some ideas for the breakfast nook, where I make my coffee and do some reading for work in the mornings. The room also serves as additional counter space when we run big kitchen items like the mixer or crock-pot, and it’s where the naughty cat takes his meals. Since I’m the only coffee drinking, crock-pot using, cat person here, the nook’s my room. But it’s so boring. So I decided to paint. I had a color in mind, but I didn’t think Mrs. B would ever go for it, given that she vetoed my ideas in other rooms. However, my color choice was approved!

Before and After:

Can’t help uploading another one.

The curtain was there when we moved in, and will be replaced eventually. I’d like to put up a shelf to hold our gazillion cookbooks and some coffee items. Either a chrome shelf, or a wooden one painted white or red. Or both white and red. Awhile back, I saw a nice dinette set, red table and red chairs. It was a bit too expensive at the time. I think it’d look great in the room, but what we have in there now does work. And who else has a scalloped octagon-shaped faux marble table in a lovely shade of tan?

On another front, the dining room has been re-electrified. Last week I prepped it for the electrician by removing the old outlets (all 2 of them) and the light switch, making holes for 4 new outlets, and running all the wire to each and to the breaker box. All he had to do was install the receptacles and hook it up to the breaker box. I even adventured into the attic to remove some of the old knob-and-tube wiring running to the light fixture. Snip snip. It only took the guy not even 3 hours to finish off the dining room (if he had had to do all the work, I bet it would have taken him at least 25 hours to do, judging by his progress before. And, it wouldn’t have been done anytime soon, since he won’t be back until sometime in January).

P.S. The paint color is “Polished Turquoise” by Kilz (found at Wal-Mart); but I had Menard’s match it with Dutch Boy paint. I stumbled onto this website, which apparently gives you the color codes for many brands of paint. So if you see someone’s house site and like what they’ve done, but cannot obtain their paint locally, perhaps you could match it using this information.

Though I should have been keeping current with the progress, I haven’t so now I’m playing catch-up.

We hired a local electrician to upgrade our service from 60 to 100 amps. That portion of the work went fairly well. But the house still needed rewiring to take advantage of the upgrade.

The electrician started on one of the bedrooms, so when the baby arrived that room should have been done. Unfortunately, it wasn’t, and it seemed to be taking an inordinately long time for a simple bedroom rewire.

Finally though, that room got done. We decided that the kitchen needed to be the next room done. First, since we couldn’t run the microwave without fear of popping fuses or overloading the poor wires. Second, since after I tried changing a light bulb for the kitchen overhead light, the light sparked and stopped working. Here’s my “fix” for that problem, to the right. And third, the refrigerator (brand new) weirdly started turning on and off. So did one of our phone’s handsets. Both were plugged into the same outlet (only one of two in the kitchen).
The first day of the kitchen rewire went slow but steady, and I helped knock out some holes in the wall for new outlets. I had hoped progress would be quicker though. Since our guy only works on the weekend for us, I decided to prepare all the outlet holes required, find the right spots to drill through the basement ands walls for the wiring, and run some wire. The electrician sure was surprised when he came out next, and the kitchen and breakfast nook are just about finished! Only the lights have to be done, which is fine because I have no desire to walk in the unfloored attic (where the knobs and tubes are not logically laid out at all unlike in the basement). Especially nice that most of the kitchen’s done, right before Thanksgiving.

Tool tip: the Bosch 14.4V compact/brute tough line of drills got excellent reviews from a consumer magazine, and good reviews on as well. That’s what I ended up buying, and it’s done a great job at drilling through the studs/floor in the basement (which are apparently made of petrified wood).