Vintage kitchen ranges feature curved lines and bright-colored enamels. The hardware is typically chrome. Different from retro ranges, vintage models are originals built in the early years following World War II.
Vintage ranges typically run only on gas and can function as well as retro stainless steel counterparts. Constructed from cast iron with insulating material, the ranges retain heat and require less energy. O'Keefe & Merritt, Wedgewood and Tappan are popular manufacturers of refurbished vintage ranges.
To refurbish porcelain adequately, remove the old coating, apply a new finish, and then bake it onto the range. A paint or powder coating is not suitable. For high gloss, re-plate any chrome oven parts in working condition.