Refurbishing Vintage Stoves Inside and Out

There is a certain style of decorating that just calls out for vintage stoves. If that describes the look of your new kitchen or family room, then you'll want to know about refurbishing vintage stoves, both inside and out.

The process of refurbishing vintage stoves is extensive, and the finished product will cost as much, if not more, than a high end, new appliance.

However, if it's the 1930's look that your kitchen must have, then refurbishing is the way to go.

  1. Refurbishing begins with finding the perfect older model to complement the décor of the room where you're going to use the piece.
  2. The restorer then disassembles the stove, completely removing any old insulation or wiring that is left.
  3. As they disassemble the stove, the restorers will catalogue and record each piece that is removed, photograph it, and store it carefully.
  4. The interior of the stove is carefully sanded, and any dents or folds are repairs and sanded.
  5. They add the primer to the metal exterior box, usually two coats, then finish it off with two coats of solvent-based enamel paint in the appropriate color.
  6. Porcelain appliances are refinished and relined with porcelain.
  7. Any chrome items on the stove are refinished with chrome plating, and then the refurbishing team adds new, safe insulation, new wiring, and a major redo of the entire mechanical system on the stove.

These restorations can take up to 110 hours to refurbish, while most require about 50 hours.