While summer is all about grilling, fall is all about baking. The onset of the extended holiday season means the kitchen gets a workout with flour-coated counters, mounds of chocolate chips, and spicy scents wafting through the whole house. For many, baking a batch of pumpkin bread or snickerdoodles brings back cherished memories of spending time in the kitchen with mom or grandma. For me, sitting on the kitchen stool while I stirred a batch of cookie dough in Mom’s giant Pyrex bowl was pure heaven.
You can bring some vintage flavor back into your own holiday baking this season with our Vintage Housewares Collection. This Vintage Pyrex 4-Quart Bowl will hold the muffin mix while adding some sunshine to your kitchen with its zesty yellow finish. This hue comes from the Primary Color line of Pyrex dishes and the bowl measures just over 10″ in diameter. For smaller batches, check out the matching Vintage Pyrex Yellow 2.5 Quart Bowl which is eye-popping on your counter even when you’re not baking!
For an updated version of these classic bowls, don’t miss the newest offerings in our Porcelain Enamelware Collection. This Set of 5 Enamelware Nesting Bowls gives you a full range of sizes for everything from salsa verde in the small bowl to a hearty salad in the largest size. These American made bowls are hand spun from commercial grade steel then coated with porcelain enamel glass and baked to create a hard-as-nails finish that will stand up to years of use. Choose from seven brilliant colors for this nesting set.
Want more variety in your kitchenware? Then choose our Build-Your-Own Enamelware Bowl Collection where you choose five bowls in whatever size and whatever finish color you want. If you want five small bowls all in Jadite, you can do that! Or how about two small bowls and three large bowls in five different finish colors? The number of options are a mathematical challenge but rest assured these beautiful porcelain enamel bowls will outlast your kitchen!Read More
Just as we promised in last month’s Vintage post, we discovered more “new” items to add to our Vintage Housewares collection! Some, in spite of their age, are still functional and handy to have in the kitchen, while others are simply full of character and charm and more suitable as an accessory or display piece.
Several vivid Pyrex Bowls caught our eye. These handy vessels are still very serviceable and will add a delightful pop of color to your kitchen counter. The Vintage Pyrex Yellow Bowl in a 2.5 quart size features the zesty yellow finish from their mid-century Primary Color Line and stands ready for the cookie dough! A larger 4-quart size is also available in the same yummy yellow finish.
Bowls like these make wonderful display items as well. You can fill with natural materials such as pine cones, colorful stones, or sea glass and use as a decorative accent on a table or shelf. Shallow bowls such as the Vintage Grey “Kondor” Porcelain Graniteware Soup Bowl are the perfect shape for floating flower petals or candles as a centerpiece.
The Primitive Blue Graniteware Wash Basin is another example of the wildly popular graniteware dishes that were first produced in this country in the late 1800s. Housewives loved not only the functionality but the unique style of these pieces. Featured on the top of this stack, the wash basin, with its pale blue finish with white speckles would make a handy prep or serving dish in any retro kitchen!
And what kitchen would be complete without some cool gadgets — either functional, every-day gadgets or vintage ones to use as display pieces on a shelf or counter top. If you were lucky enough to spend time with your grandma in the kitchen, she probably brought out a mixer just like this Manual Hand Mixer to beat the eggs. Or perhaps Grandpa doctored up his coffee each morning with a sugar dispenser much like this Retro Sugar Dispenser with Red Stripes. Bring back the good old days with simple vintage touches like these in your home!
This adorable little breakfast nook has so much going for it, it’s hard to decide which element we like best! With light streaming in on three sides, convenient bench seating, and a classic warehouse shade to cast light in the evenings, this space is loaded with charming details. The vented warehouse shade complements the vintage look of the apron front sink and the white subway tile that helps keep the narrow space bright and open. These RLM-inspired warehouse shades were popular back in the 1930s and 40s when manufacturers like Benjamin®, Ivanhoe™, and Smoot-Holman used top quality materials and porcelain enamel to craft their rugged lighting. It was made to last for generations.
To get this look in your kitchen or dining room, check out our collection of Vintage Stem Mount Pendants. This fixture looks much like the 16″ Vintage White Vented Warehouse Pendant which features a white porcelain enamel finish both inside and out. The stem on this light, which comes in a variety of sizes to suit your needs, sports a galvanized finish which gives the light a trendy industrial look. If your ceiling is low, you may prefer a flush mount fixture. The Vintage White Westinghouse Warehouse Flush Mount offers the classic barn style look in a ceiling-hugging fixture. It’s 14″ wide shade still offers plenty of downward directed light which is perfect for kitchen counters, island cook tops, and dining room tables.
Porcelain enamel was once the finish of choice in the early 20th century thanks to its high gloss shine and durability. The porcelain enamel process slowly died away when cheaper painting techniques came onto the market, but Barn Light Electric is proud to have revived this manufacturing process. Quality, American made lighting that is once again hand crafted to last for generations!
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Remember our last Style Me Sunday spotlighting utilitarian spaces? This week we’re looking at the room most of us dread: The Laundry Room.
Let’s take a moment to switch our sentiments from the tediousness of folding laundry and sorting out whites to reflect on the good elements of doing laundry. Everyone loves the feeling of swaddling warm towels fresh from the dryer, and the scent of mountain fresh laundry detergent is quite refreshing.
Rejuvenate your ho-hum laundry room with these festive barn-inspired accessories.
Adorn your walls with a decorative steel sign like this American made Porcelain Enamel LAUNDRY Sign. Try hanging it by an open window or in a vintage window frame. We especially love this Vintage Window Weekly Calendar. It provides a great way to keep your days organized and you can mark your schedule on its rustic chalkboard surface. The ceramic knobs are perfect for hanging extra towels and rags.
Need to infuse some spring-appropriate hues? Vibrant curtains like these Floral Shabby Chic Curtains add the perfect pop of color.
Organize your clothes using these Canvas Handled Wire Baskets. Not only are these baskets artfully styled, but their woven metal construction allows you to see what’s inside. This set of three baskets is perfect for sorting your regulars, whites, and towels.
Add some barn style lighting to your room with galvanized wall sconces. The new Mini Artesia is a compact sconce—perfect for lighting up small spaces! If you’re looking for a more energy efficient but decorative wall light, the Radial Wave LED Sconce is a modern twist on traditional reflector lighting.
If ceiling lighting is your desire, but you’re tired of the old fashioned drum light or plain-Jane glass globes, try a vintage flush mount light fixture. The 14″ Vintage Benjamin™ Vented Warehouse Flush Mount emits both down and up lighting — perfect for illuminating your laundry room.
Your laundry room will thank you for giving it the Style Me Sunday treatment!
Porcelain Enamel LAUNDRY Sign from Barn Light Electric | Floral Shabby Chic Curtains from RockinCushions on Etsy.com | Canvas Handled Wire Baskets from Barn Light Electric | Mini Artesia Pendant from Barn Light Electric | Vintage Window Weekly Calendar from EightySix56 on Etsy.com | Radial Wave LED Sconce from Barn Light Electric | 14″ Vintage Benjamin™ Vented Warehouse Flush Mount from Barn Light ElectricRead More
There was a time when warehouse pendant lighting was found, well, in warehouses! And also in factories where the wide bowl of these pendant lamps reflected light over a large area, a critical feature where heavy machinery and meticulous work was involved. These lights not only had to provide plenty of illumination, but had to be durable in an industrial setting. Manufacturers in the early 20th century would hand craft these light fixtures using only the finest commercial grade materials of the time.
Companies like Crouse-Hinds, Benjamin® and Goodrich™ spun shades out of steel, then coated and baked them with a porcelain enamel coating that was resistant to moisture, thus preventing rust and corrosion, unlike lights constructed from metal alone.
These days you can find vintage porcelain shades in almost every style of home and in many commercial businesses like the one shown in this shop window. Many homeowners choose to hang warehouse shades over kitchen tables and islands to take advantage of the wide spread of light. Not only do they provide generous downlighting, each fixture has its own history!
We recently added several “new” antique fixtures that have been cleaned, restored, and rewired and are ready to bring a touch of vintage style to your space! The 16″ Vintage White Vented Warehouse Stem Mount Pendant is a classic light that features a tough white porcelain enamel shade and your choice of six different stem lengths. The vented neck on this shade lets heat escape over the top of the shade.
For a slightly larger shade, check out the 18″ Vintage White Smoot-Holman Stem Mount 3-Tiered Shade. This rugged ceiling light offers plenty of illumination from its white porcelain interior and features a unique stacked neck design. Six stem lengths are available to customize this light which has been cleaned and rewired and comes to you ready to hang. For lower ceilings that require a flush-mount version, don’t miss the 14″ Vintage Benjamin® Vented Warehouse Flush Mount!
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