November 30, 2010Fixing Up Vintage Appliances – Aikens Furniture in L.A.
I got a great article emailed to me from Tom’s Aunt Pat the other day. Aunt Pat lives in California, and occasionally sends me links or photos that have to do with mid-century, even though I think my obsession with mid-century is a bit ridiculous to her. 🙂
But I received this very cool article on a place called Aikens Furniture that restores and sells restored vintage appliances. Pretty sweet!
Gorgeous, aren’t they???
New (to me) and interesting fact from the article:
History, it seems, is in the details, and some, like the pale pink stove at the front of the store, can’t be repeated. Stove finishes are created by a process called porcelain enameling. Color-producing minerals are smelted and ground into what looks like powdered sugar, then applied to the metal part and fired at a high temperature.
Finding the right proportion of minerals to match a particular color can be time-consuming. To get the violet his sister wants, Aikens has to send her stove parts to Tennessee.His local porcelain enameler doesn’t do purples. In recent years, environmental concerns about cadmium, the mineral source of reds and yellows, and about red oxide, have led the Environmental Protection Agency to restrict their use. That has turned red and pink stoves like Aikens’ into rarities.
Wow! I hope no one in LA needs their pink stove enamelled anytime soon….