Sourcing vintage Skyline utensils for my thrifty 1950s kitchen makeover

If you’ve visited my blog over the past year, you might have noticed that I’ve been giving the kitchen of my 1950s home a makeover. I’ve been trying to add colour and vintage design icons to the space to create an authentic kitchen, just how it would have looked when the house was first built. As such, I’ve been sourcing original items, such as patterned Pyrex and a garish floral melamine table, and my most recent purchase added to my collection of Skyline utensils.

If you want to create a retro style kitchen, luckily it IS still possible to buy original utensils from the mid-century era. Many kitchen tools were made in stainless steel, which have easily stood the test of time and survived to this day. Plus, you can find them secondhand at great prices in charity shops – which is where I got latest Skyline fork back in January.

The handle was a little worse for wear so I decided to spray paint it to add a pop of colour – and I went the whole hog with neon pink! It turns out that it’s really easy to revamp old Skyline utensils as you can unscrew the handle. This makes it easy to prime and paint them in any colours you like to coordinate with your vintage kitchen.

The oldest utensils in my Skyline collection belonged to my husband’s grandparents, and we’ve had them for many years now. The handles of these have been taken back to the bare wood and I’m in two minds about whether I want to paint them or keep them as they are. What do you think?

I had the pleasure of researching Skyline and writing about these iconic utensils for Reclaim magazine this month. I’ve shared the background history of the company and their products, as well as the details you can look out for to identify an original piece. If you want to read the full article you can order Issue 49 online and it’ll be delivered to your door.

While I was writing about the history of the company I also discovered the work of artist Stef Hume from Red Dragon Signs, who has framed up an original boxed set of Skyline utensils in acrylic and has turned it a work of art. I saw this on display at Vintage Mischief in Beccles, who kindly provided this image of the artwork.

Do you have any favourite vintage pieces in your kitchen? I’d love to hear about the hand-me-downs you’ve inherited or any retro finds you’ve scooped from secondhand shops so please leave me a comment below ๐Ÿ™‚

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

2 thoughts on “Sourcing vintage Skyline utensils for my thrifty 1950s kitchen makeover

  1. Hi Kim, great find! That’s one of my favourite spoons because it’s just so useful! It should have measurements on it for 2 tablespoons, 1 tablespoon, 2 teaspoons and 1 teaspoon – so you only need this one spoon for all kitchen uses ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I would like to know about the spoon with the measurements on it and the small groove for pouring? I just found one that I purchased at a yard sale

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