Product Report

Creating a Period Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of an old home, too, and plenty of suppliers can help create, or re-create, a period-style room.

The term "period kitchen" is misleading because no one today wants to live with a real period kitchen, with its wood-burning stove and lack of modern electrical appliances. What most people want, instead, is a kitchen with the warm, inviting appeal of traditional design, a layout that creates the look and feel of a period kitchen -- but one that also has all the modern conveniences.

To meet the growing demand for period-looking kitchens, a wide array of products is now available, including glass-fronted cabinets, tin ceilings, period moldings and other fittings and accessories that add charm and character. Some of the reproduction materials are excellent, well designed and well crafted. Others are, frankly, junk. The list below provides a good cross-section of the market for high-quality period kitchen products. Most of the companies listed provide reproduction items--everything from period-style cabinets to antique stoves and slate counter tops.

A&M Victorian Decorations, Inc.
South El Monte, CA
800-671-0693; 626-575-0693; Fax: 626-575-1781
Manufacturer of architectural elements: columns, moldings, mantels, balustrades, wall caps, pavers, quoins, stair treads, planters, urns, fountains & gazebos; gypsum & cast stone; custom designs & finishes.

AGA Cookers
Cambridge, ON, Canada
800-633-9200; Fax: 888-266-5242
Source of hand-crafted, British AGA Cooker, the only radiant-heat, multi-function stove available. Twelve colors of enamel; three sizes.

Architectural Paneling, Inc.
New York, NY
212-371-9632; Fax: 212-759-0276
Manufacturer & custom fabricator of traditional French & English hand-carved paneling, mantels & moldings: casework & cabinetry, wainscoting, carved panels, interior doors, stairs & railings; walnut, mahogany, cherry, oak & poplar.

Architectural Products by Outwater, LLC

Wood Ridge, NJ

800-631-8375; Fax: 800-888-3315
Supplier of more than 40,000 decorative building products: architectural moldings & millwork, columns & capitals, wrought-iron components, balustrading, door hardware, lighting, tin ceiling panels, furniture & cabinet components, fireplace surrounds, wall coverings, wainscoting & more; free catalog.

Brian Greer's Tin Ceilings, Walls & Unique Me*
Petersburg, ON, CANA, DA
866-846-9710; 519-743-9710; Fax: 519-570-1447
Manufacturer of stamped-metal ceilings: tin, copper, brass & pewter; 2x2-ft. panels for easy installation; backsplashes, moldings, fillers & cornices, all with safety hems; medallions & rosettes; custom metalwork.

Chelsea Decorative Metal
Houston, TX
713-721-9200; Fax: 713-776-8661
Manufacturer & supplier of pressed-tin panels for walls, backsplashes & ceilings: stamped metal sheets in 2x4-ft. sections for easy installation; cornices in 4-ft. lengths, 2 to 9 in. widths; Victorian, Art Deco & other styles; 6-, 12- & 24-in. repeat patterns; 2x2- & 2x4-ft. suspended ceiling sheets; tin-plated steel for paint retention; shipped anywhere.

Classic Architectural Specialties
Forney, TX
800-662-1221; 972-552-9050; Fax: 972-552-9054
Supplier of architectural components: complete packages for exteriors, millwork & more; interior & exterior columns & capitals in all Classical orders; mantels & novelty columns in urethane, resin, wood & fiberglass; cornice moldings, door & window surrounds, ceiling medallions, ornamental ceilings, niches & domes, brackets & corbels in polymer; cupolas, fencing components, porch parts, balustrades, benches, weathervanes, gazebos & more.

Country Road Associates, Ltd.
Millbrook, NY
845-677-6041; Fax: 845-677-6532
Manufacturer & distributor of 19th-century reclaimed flooring materials, barn siding & hand-hewn beams: white pine, hemlock, heart pine, white oak, chestnut & black walnut; wide board & random width; customcabinetry.

Crown Point Cabinetry
Claremont, NH
800-999-4994; 603-357-5898; Fax: 800-370-1218
Custom fabricator of hand-crafted, period-style cabinetry: for the kitchen, bath & other rooms; Arts & Crafts, Shaker, Victorian & Early American styles; sells directly to homeowners, architects, custom builders & remodelers nationwide; family owned & operated.

Cumberland Woodcraft Co.
Carlisle, PA
800-367-1884; 717-243-0063; Fax: 717-243-6502
Manufacturer & distributor of millwork & ornament: sawn & turned balustrades/railings, corbels, carvings, molding, appliques, brackets, non-load-bearing columns, paneled & screen doors, porch trim, gazebos, arbors, pergolas, mantels, paneling & cabinetry; hand crafted; Spanish cedar, poplar & mahogany; non-load-bearing polymer & carved-wood capitals & columns in oak, maple, mahogany & cherry; licensee of the Victorian Society in America for wood trim.

Detail Millwork
Waltham, MA
781-893-2250; Fax: 781-893-7707
Manufacturer of windows, doors & more: mantels, cupolas, paneling & more; millwork and cabinetry for custom kitchens.

Fine Architectural Metalsmiths
Chester, NY
888-862-9577; 845-651-7550; Fax: 845-651-7857
Custom fabricator of ironwork: lanterns, sconces, ceiling fixtures & other lighting; restoration & refitting of lighting fixtures; period gates & fencing, railings & newel posts; period-design wine racks, grillework & wine cellar doors; benches, arbors, pergolas, finials & fireplace screens; decorative copper wall & ceiling tile; forged iron, stainless steel, aluminum & forged & fabricated bronze; hand- & hot-forge work; patination; design-through-installation service.

Good Time Stove Co.
Goshen, MA
413-268-3677; Fax: 413-268-9284
Supplier of antique kitchen ranges & heating stoves: ca. 1840-1930; restored enamel, cast-iron, wood & wood-gas combos; electric conversions; wood- & gas-burning fireplaces & stoves.

Goodwin Associates
Rochester, NY
585-248-3320; Fax: 585-387-0153
Distributor & supplier of interior & exterior millwork: stock & custom balustrade systems; ornamental ceilings, cornice moldings, columns & capitals, door & window surrounds, brackets & corbels, ceiling medallions, niches & domes, crowns & frieze moldings; wood, fiberglass, polyurethane, Forton MG, GRG & foamed polymer.

Gooseneck Designs
Westminster, MD
410-848-5663; Fax: 410-751-6313
Manufacturer of site-specific architectural ceramics & custom tile: standard tile for interior & exterior applications; garden & wall, pool & geyser fountains, cascades & waterfalls; tile mosaics & kitchen & bath tile.

Historical Arts & Casting, Inc.
West Jordan, UT
800-225-1414; 801-280-2400; Fax: 801-280-2493
Designer & custom fabricator of ornamental metalwork: columns & capitals, cornices, newels, balusters, planters, finials, sculpture, fountains, copper kitchen hoods, plaques & signage; grilles, lighting, lattice, brackets, spandrels, custom turnings, domes, canopies, doors & more; cast iron, bronze, aluminum & wrought iron/steel; Arts & Crafts, Victorian & other styles; restoration services.

Kitchen Accessories Unlimited
Trumbull, CT
800-667-8721; Fax: 203-373-0810
Internet supplier of kitchen accessories: range hoods, pot racks, carts, cabinet accessories, wine racks, stainless-steel wall shelves, sinks, faucets & more.

M-Boss, Inc.
Cleveland, OH
866-886-2677; Fax: 216-641-7387
Manufacturer of tin ceilings: including cornice, molding, fillers & panels; more than 100 patterns & 11 specialty finishes; nail-up or lay-in; custom design & replication; for backsplashes, wainscoting, door insets & more.

Manor Style, Ltd.
Baltimore, MD
800-325-2188; 410-298-7261; Fax: 410-281-9362
Nationwide supplier of load-bearing architectural columns, capitals & balustrade systems: cultured marble-resin (limestone finished), fiberglass composite & fabricated PVC; stock sizes to 48 in. in dia.; direct distributor of architectural PVC & preformed polymer elements; cornices, brackets & other trim; Fypon, Focal Point, Spectis, Durastyl, Century, CDM & other brands.

Old Wood Workshop
Pomfret Center, CT
Manufacturer & supplier of vintage recycled building materials, antique lumber, flooring & furniture: chestnut, oak & pine; antique & resawn flooring; custom millwork, furniture & countertops; antique beams, joists, rafters, siding & planking; vintage doors, iron hardware, mantels & glass; whole structures.

Old World Mouldings, Inc.
Bohemia, NY
631-563-8660; Fax: 631-563-8815
Manufacturer of ornamentally embossed hardwood moldings, mantels, ceilings, cabinetry & paneling: custom profile matching; more than 400 profiles in stock, several thousand total; priming for all profiles; arched moldings to match any profile; all wood species; full catalog available online & in print.

Renaissance Ceiling Domes
Knoxville, TN
800-642-0169; 42; Fax: 865-539-2773
Supplier of hand-crafted ceiling domes: any size; primed gypsum shells or fully finished turn-key installed; coffered interiors, hardwoods, custom shapes, pre-wired light systems, stained-glass oculi & more.

Sheldon Slate Products Co. Inc.
Monson, ME
207-997-3615; 518-642-1280; Fax: 207-997-2966
Manufacturer of slate products: benches, tiered & wall fountains, signage & plaques, roofing, floor tile, flagging, structural applications, monuments & kitchen counters & sinks; custom cutting; natural stone planters & urns; color-matched, custom-fabricated facing stone, block & cladding.

Steptoe & Wife Antiques, Ltd.
Toronto, ON, Canada
800-461-0060; 416-780-1707; Fax: 416-780-1814
Manufacturer of cast-iron architectural elements: spiral & straight stairs, decorative balustrades & balusters, railings, gates, newel posts, handrails, treads, risers, ornamental ceilings & grilles; custom ornamental metal fabrication; arbors, gazebos & pergolas; cast aluminum & bronze & wrought iron/steel; contract manufacturing.

Superior Moulding, Inc.
Van Nuys, CA
800-473-1415; 818-376-1415; Fax: 818-376-1415
Supplier of standard & custom moldings & related finish materials: embossed & sculptured moldings; polyfoam moldings, columns, capitals, doors, door hardware, windows, ceiling medallions, niches, domes, corbels, furniture legs, mantels, appliques & stair parts; complete line of hardwood flooring & related products; custom molding & millwork packages; short turnaround times; shipped worldwide.

Susan Hebert Imports
Portland, OR
503-248-1111; Fax: 503-248-0275
Supplier of handmade, solid-copper decorative accessories: kitchen & bathroom fixtures; lighting; more than 120 designs; all pieces signed by the artist; historic Arts & Crafts references; catalog available.

Tile Source Inc.
Hilton Head Island, SC
843-689-9151; Fax: 843-689-9161
Supplier of Victorian-style decorative tile: true encaustic tile & less costly silk-screened simulations; mural & scenic tile, kitchen tile, flooring & ceramic pavers; London's famous Blue Plaques, 20 in. in dia., in frost-proof Staffordshire porcelain.

W.F. Norman Corp.
Nevada, MO
800-641-4038; 417-667-5552; Fax: 417-667-2708
Fabricator of sheetmetal ornament: hundreds of stock designs of cornices, moldings, brackets, backsplashes, pressed-metal ceilings & more; duplication from samples or drawings.

White River Hardwoods-Woodworks
Fayetteville, AR
800-558-0119; 479-442-6986; Fax: 479-444-0406
Manufacturer of moldings & carvings: Mon Reale high-relief hardwood moldings; Authentic Hand-Carved Woodcarvings in lindenwood, maple & cherry; UltraFlex resin curve work; smooth & embossed hardwood moldings & casings; mantels, ceilings, cornices & more; poplar & oak in stock & other species as custom order.

Wiemann Ironworks
Tulsa, OK
918-592-1700; Fax: 918-592-2385
Designer, fabricator, finisher & installer of ornamental metalwork: kitchen hoods, railings, gates, fences, lighting, pergolas & gazebos, furnishings, fixtures, grilles, doors, arbors, hardware & more; cast & wrought aluminum, iron, steel, bronze, brass & staineless alloys; CAD services; NOMMA's most award-winning metal fabricator; national market.


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