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January 25, 2018

Jacki and Dave Retro Renovate Their Forever Home–Installing the Cooktop and Wall Ovens

By Sara In AZ


This week we are continuing on with the mid century kitchen installation in Jacki and Dave’s basement. They are now dealing with the repair and restoration of the custom 6 burner cooktop and the installation of 2 wall ovens.

This is how the custom 6 burner cooktop came to Jacki and Dave…eek! You can see it’s not in the best shape and needed TONS of care and attention to bring it back to safe, working condition.


From Jacki:

Sandpaper, steel wool, wire brushes, Naval Jelly and Rustoleum  high temp engine paint.  I then used metal tape to seal all of the edges and corners.  To finish it off, I placed two non stick silicone sheets for baking on top.  Dave completely rewired the entire unit, we bought new rings, burners and pans from an old stove website…





Being that this was a custom made stove that was cut into the one piece stainless steel countertop, it had some quirks.  As you can see from the top picture, someone for some reason decided that fingernail polish was a good idea to mark the location of each burner and button set.  After much discussion we decided to have the whole panel engraved.  We took it to a trophy engraving place thinking that “well, it is just a giant plaque… (39 inches to be exact).  The people looked at us like we had 3 heads.  They on the other hand came up with using flexible, brushed aluminum coated, adhesive plates that can be engraved.  I still wanted something more so we had them do the same thing with the black and red dot plaques.



This is the area where we put the double ovens.  It originally had a full size refrigerator here and the space is just the right size for one.  This is a custom built home so it probably was a refrigerator being that it is right next to where the 1977 bar was.  We know for a fact that the carpet in the basement was original 1977 carpet because it had the original owners name on the back and they only lived here for 5 years before they sold it to the woman that sold it to us.  Side note:  first thing we did was tear out all of the carpet in the house and replace it before we moved in.




These are the super sturdy shelves Dave built for the ovens.  If you look at one of the first photos I sent you will see the white paneling off of the wall.  We removed it so Dave could add 220 from the oven area around the room to the breaker box.  We then replaced the paneling so we had walls again.



Dave then framed in area around the ovens and fitted 1×4 solid maple boards.




A piece of quarter round and 4 coats of orange shellac and Voila!  Matches the cabinets.




Jacki and Dave ! WOW!!!! I am seriously blown away by all of your careful restoration and attention to detail! You literally brought that cooktop back from the brink and those wall ovens look SO perfect in that configuration you’d think had been that way all along…especially seeing how well the shellac matches on the surround! I definitely think y’all need to consider starting a mid century renovation business!!!!

Come back next week and see Jackie and Dave install the overhead lighting and the RARE and beautiful Gerrity Princess Faucet……..you seriously NEED to see this faucet!

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8 Responses to Jacki and Dave Retro Renovate Their Forever Home–Installing the Cooktop and Wall Ovens

  1. Dan Reply

    January 25, 2018 at 7:56 am

    So wise to install the ovens this way instead of as they were in the original kitchen. Can you imagine lifting a turkey out of the other kitchen?

    • Jacki Reply

      January 25, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      Dan, I definitely agree with the lifting part, but my biggest fear was burning myself. In my last house I had an identical set of these in pink so I knew from experience what to expect. On the right hand side below the control panel face is a 3″ wide oven vent that makes the handle and that area very hot. I could just imagine scorching my legs on those ovens. I wonder how the hired help in that house fared. OUCH!

  2. libbyontheprairie Reply

    January 25, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Oh my goodness! I am loving this renovation and agree that a mid-century renovation business should be in their future! I’m so impressed with how creative and skilled they are! Love it =)

  3. BobinAlabama Reply

    January 26, 2018 at 11:02 am

    These appliance restorations give new meaning to the phrase “labor of love!”

  4. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    January 29, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Wow! These guys are hard workers! And what a stroke of genius in using the trophy engraving business.

  5. Susan from Boston Reply

    February 2, 2018 at 8:41 am

    OMG Sara, these people are my heroes!!!! So clever. I love seeing old mid-century stuff restored. I found out there is a woman in Mass where I live called the Green Goat. Evidently, she rescues antique and mid-century appliance (among other things) from construction sites so they do not wind up in a landfill.

  6. Susan from Boston Reply

    February 2, 2018 at 8:43 am

    • Jacki Reply

      February 3, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      Oh my goodness! Talk about heroes, that lady is mine. I am an old appliance Junkie.

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