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March 28, 2012

Pictures of My Vintage Geneva Kitchen and Some Incredibly Easy DIY Recipe Card Wall Art

By RetroRuth

I just realized that I really haven’t posted a lot of pictures of my house on here lately!  I am always trying to give you guys vintage inspiration from other sources, but I think I’ve been neglecting showing you my own space. So, here we go!

Recently I had an interview for my local newspaper (more details soon), which included a photographer coming over and taking pictures of my kitchen. Needless to say, there was a flurry of activity after this announcement was made. Tom and I cleaned, dusted, shuffled around knick-knacks and did something else that we have been putting off forever. We finally put something up on the walls!

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Recipe card art!!! I am kind of embarrassed to even post this as a tutorial, since it is so simple and requires absolutely no skill, but it turned out so well that I thought I would share so you guys could have some of this vintage awesomeness in your house as well.

You only need a few things to do this: Some vintage recipe cards, a frame to put them in and something to hang the frame on the wall.

See? I told you it was easy.


First, you need to pick out recipe cards that are cool enough to frame. These are recipe cards from the series “Dinner Is Served” by Marjon Promotions. I love these cards for a few reasons. First, they have awesome photography with a really great saturated look to the photos. Second, the entrees to pick from are truly fantastic (Italian Tongue, anyone?). The last reason is because the cards have rounded corners, which a lot of other recipe cards in my collection do not.  I picked up several sets of these at different thrift stores and garage sales, and they were never more than a dollar.

And if you think these cards look familiar, it is probably because you read Dinner is Served, 1972 (Hi, Emily!)


Arrange your cards on your chosen frame.  I used inexpensive floating frames that I bought at Michael’s.  After using a coupon I had, I think it came out to be about $22 for both frames.


After you do your layout, it is just a matter of reassembling the frame.

Can you see why I chose the card in the center? Cathrineholm bowls!


Another great thing about these frames is that you can still see the recipes through the other side!  So, if I ever get the urge to make Tuna-Cheese Macaroni Loaf, I can just whip the frame off the wall and there’s the recipe.

And don’t think it won’t happen. We make some weird stuff here in our house.


And then hang your new art on the wall for all to enjoy. Total cost: $25. That includes the hardware to hang the pictures. Pretty nice, huh?

Oh yes, and here are some more (hurried) shots of the kitchen!  Sorry, I didn’t remember to take pics until after I had started making lamb cakes, so you have to excuse the baking mess. But after all, this is a working kitchen!





“I’m serious. How many of more of these lambs am I going to have to eat?”

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18 Responses to Pictures of My Vintage Geneva Kitchen and Some Incredibly Easy DIY Recipe Card Wall Art

  1. Kellie Reply

    March 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I LOVE your kitchen!!!

  2. Andrea Reply

    March 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

    What an awesome idea, Ruth! And it’s something I never would have thought of! I continue to be envious of your kitchen *sigh*

    • RetroRuth Reply

      March 28, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Thanks, Andrea!

      Hee hee! The kitchen is my favorite room in the house. 🙂

  3. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    March 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Oh, your kitchen…..SIGHsville! I love this idea! What keeps the cards from sliding down?

    • RetroRuth Reply

      March 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks, Eartha!! There are adhesive circles that come with the frame that you can use to keep stuff from sliding around!

  4. roadsidewonders Reply

    March 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Your kitchen is FABULOUS! I have some framed menus in my kitchen; but I would never have thought of the recipe cards. Love them 🙂

  5. Annie B. Reply

    March 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Great, great house, Ruth! Love your Fiesta Ware!!

  6. Vickie Reply

    March 28, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Adorable kitchen wall art idea! And your kitchen….just WOW!

  7. Yinzerella Reply

    April 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Your kitchen is drool-worthy and the DiS! cards look FAB. And thanks for the shout-out.
    Please let me know if you ever find the cards above #118. I WILL PAY $$$$$!
    Also, no one will EVER want to make Tuna-Macaroni-Loaf. It is the work of the devil.

    • RetroRuth Reply

      April 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Y – Thanks, glad you like the kitchen! I KNEW you would like the cards, and I am so pumped that we have almost the same art in our houses. 🙂

      I will have to dig through my cards and see what I’ve got in my stash for you!

  8. Angie Reply

    April 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Check out retrodecosettings.com I think you would love what she does and inspire some great settings for you great kitchen.

  9. Jenny Hammerton Reply

    April 18, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Love this idea – I found you via one of “Dinner Is Served 1972” tweets and I really, really, really want to do this!

    Lots of love from Jenny at Silver Screen Suppers xx

    • RetroRuth Reply

      April 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks, Jenny! Glad you could stop by!

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