Is Copper-tone Back?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Professionals MN Broker #40288835

     Has anyone seen the ads for the bronze appliances?  I  know Jenn-Air  ( click for  photos) has them out already.  They look like an up-graded version of the old Copper-tone without the shade variations that went  darker to the edges.   I'm sure that they are really very good looking up close.

     My parents had a Copper-tone kitchen and laundry room.  My Mother thought it was very chic.  Each manufacturer had a slight variation on the color, however and my parents appliances were all different brands.

     My sister had the Avocado appliances and then in her next home, went to Red appliances.  I really liked those and never saw them anywhere else.

      We have a house trailer that we lived in after our tornado, while our house was being rebuilt.  It has perfectly functioning Harvest Gold appliances.  At the time, I was just happy to have a little "home" to live in and appliances that worked. I think that I will keep them for a while, I am rather fond of them now. I use the trailer for storage for my staging props.

     They say that there really isn't anything new under the sun, so someday (and maybe, already) all these colors will be back. Aren't you excited about that?
 retro fridge

                                                                                         photo by CCCSTL

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Comments (32)

Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL
Kathleen I am so sorry to hear about our losses in 01, especially the irreplaceable horses.  OMG that must have been so gut wrenching.  Here they tell horse owners not to evacuate their horses before a hurricane, just turn them out.  How stupid is that?  After Andrew they found horses impaled on telephone poles.  Thats one reason I don't have a horse here in FL.  Its hard enough to evacuate with dogs and cats.  But in 05 right before Frances, the turnpike was full of people pulling horse trailers.  Bless them for doing that, a lot just left the horses to fend for themselves.  Say, did you see that HGTV show about funky houses where the guy had his stable underground?  It was awesome.  The horses were cool in the summer, warm in the winter and he never has to worry about weather.
Sep 25, 2007 12:27 AM
Julea Joseph
Reinventing Space - Chicago, IL
Julea Joseph House Stager - Reinventing Space

Kathleen,

LOVE the copper !!

I've been telling my clients for years to get colored frigs.  I have a cobalt blue cover for my Kitcheaid dishwasher.  I really wanted the Elvira frig for my Kitchen when we remodeled, but couldn't justify the $6,000.00 price tag and no bells or whistles (Rachael has one on her cooking show.) Viking has all different colors now too.

JJKitchen

You can also bring an old frig. to an Auto-Body shop and have it painted.  I did this w/my vintage Geneva Cabinets for my laundry room.

Julea's Laundry Room

There is also company that will "Skin" your out-of-date frig - http://www.kitchensource.com/kau/frigofridge.htm

 

Sep 25, 2007 01:33 AM
Susan Smith
Rooms That Work LLC - Sandy Hook, CT
Wow Julea...I never thought of that...great idea, and LOVE your pictures!  It seems that they should create "mood" appliances where you can snap covers on the front depending on your decorating mood. But then again, isn't create demand for something new how the mfr's make money?
Sep 25, 2007 01:47 AM
Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL
Julea, how cool.  I too had a fridge painted at a body shop.  It lasted many years before I bought a new one.  I need to check out that website.  Are those cabinets done in a stainless paint finish?  Is that a Wilsonart laminate countertop?
Sep 25, 2007 05:18 AM
Julea Joseph
Reinventing Space - Chicago, IL
Julea Joseph House Stager - Reinventing Space
They're dark green metallic to match the floor tile.  Yes indeed - Lichen
Sep 25, 2007 07:27 AM
Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging
2 Hounds Design + Home Staging - Toronto, ON

I love Jenn-Air, they seem to always be ahead of the other appliance manufacturers.

I can't stop touching their floating glass refridgerator in black...it has got to be the sexiest thing I've ever seen in appliances!

Thanks for the link. I didn't know they'd come out with the copper line. I love it!

Sep 25, 2007 07:37 AM
Bill Blair
Coldwell Banker Realty - Covington, GA
Covington Georgia Realtor Covington Living Homes
We started with "white."  Upgraded to coppertone... to avacado... to harvest gold... to almond.  Now we're at industrial-look stainless.  Kinda like that.  Think we'll stay there awhile.  You guys are wayyyyy too trendy, or I'm wayyyyyy too old.  Reckon it's the later!
Sep 25, 2007 09:05 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Bill - If you see some of the above responses they think we are going back to white - you are still behind.

I hope you saved yours!!!  We can't even keep up with the trends, we just report them.

Sep 25, 2007 09:10 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
Julea - I am redoing an entire home this winter and it has 50's white enamel "Premium"metal cabinets in the kitchen.  We are pulling them out and re-configuring that space.  But I want to keep them and get them painted. They are really well made, but shhhhhh I have no need for them. Maybe I could fit them in the garage!
Sep 25, 2007 09:16 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
Susie - Stainless is very nice - be happy - besides with the right filter couldn't you photograph them as copper?
Sep 25, 2007 09:18 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
Kim - Doesn't it have that old Hollywood look? All glamor, sparkle and shine - so me.
Sep 25, 2007 09:20 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
Juliet - You clean copper with catchup right or was that brass?
Sep 25, 2007 09:21 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
Janice - So if you don't buy anything then you have nothing to get tired of!!
Sep 25, 2007 09:23 AM
Julea Joseph
Reinventing Space - Chicago, IL
Julea Joseph House Stager - Reinventing Space

Kathleen-

You're killing me - I wanted to mix the metal cabinets into my new kitchen, and shopped E-Bay looking for them, but they were all in yucky condition - ended up w/all maple shaker instead.

They're built like IRON, repaint them in some WILD color and use them for storage.

Sep 25, 2007 09:41 AM
Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL

Kathleen, I would kill to have those metal cabinets of yours.  My grandmother, the same one with the kitchen where I wallpapered the fridge, had hers painted at a body shop.  They turned out great.  Maybe you could ship them to me? :-)

Julea, I too have Wilsonart in my kitchen.  Can't remember the name but it looks like granite.  I opted for that because of price and because granite is mined which is not very environmentally friendly.

Sep 25, 2007 09:45 AM
Betty Haney
Haney Consulting - Calgary, AB
Kathleen, you are one strong lady.  Losing your horses, home, and later your parents ... and yet here you are helping all of us with advice, posting your interesting articles and pictures and just generally being such a kind supportive person.  We are lucky to have you on AR.  Betty
Sep 25, 2007 06:31 PM
Julea Joseph
Reinventing Space - Chicago, IL
Julea Joseph House Stager - Reinventing Space

Terry,

The Wilsonart is in my laundry room, I've got Corian in my kitchen - I wanted that seamless sink, plus granite didn't seem "in-tune" to my 1948 Ranch.

Sep 25, 2007 11:44 PM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Betty -

awwwww shucks - you Canucks are so nice!! 

 

Sep 26, 2007 06:40 AM
Todd and Danielle Millar
Glenn Simon Inc. - Edmonton, AB
Nineteen years of excellence!
I took a look at the Jenn-air copper toned appliances and have to say I like them. But it is all so cyclical our kids will be looking at catalogs from the early 2000's and laughing at us too.
Nov 04, 2007 11:23 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
Todd and Danielle - There just is no hope for that is there. I am just now starting to appreciate the retros 50's stuff and liking it much better, that when I was living with it growing up.
Nov 05, 2007 02:23 AM