Oven Lovin’

It’s funny the random things that you can find when you renovate your house.  Before our kitchen was destroyed during demo, we checked all the cabinets to make sure nothing had been left behind – turns out the prior homeowner had left us a little souvenir from the olden days:

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That’s right – it looks like our house once boasted a state-of-the art O’Keefe Merritt gas range – quite the hot item in the 1960s.  Who knew we were so fancy?!

O'Keefe & Merritt Stoves

From the looks of this diagram in the manual, every day was Thanksgiving for people in the 1960s:

O'Keefe & Merritt Stoves

These babies are actually pretty snazzy!  It turns out that these antique stoves are a fave of collectors.  After doing a little research, I can see why:

O'Keefe & Merritt Stoves

Aren’t they gorgeous?  Retro and sassy and full of charm.  If the original stove had still been in place when we moved in I definitely would have thought twice about our kitchen remodel!

My favorite part about the manual for this stove is the manufacturer’s description of Teflon – apparently considered to be a miracle product at the time (although I must admit – I still think that stuff is pretty miraculous):

O'Keefe & Merritt Stoves

Gotta love all the random things you can find when you move into a new house.  Got any funny stories or cool finds from when you moved into your home?  We’d love to hear about it!

Images courtesy of me, Ebay and Antique Gas Stoves.

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  1. Jamie says:

    Hey! Just found your blog and I love it! WE moved into our house about 5 years ago – the coolest thing that I found was a height chart on the back of the laundry room door. the prior homeowners had recorded the height of their kids (looks like there were 2 kids) right on the back of the door – I thought that was so neat, but it also made me sad that they couldn’t take it with them when they moved! Because of that, I’ve decided that I have to do a growth chart (when I ever have kids), but that the growth chart will need to be on a board or something that we can take with us to our next home.

  2. Liz says:


    I love that story!! Over the years, my mom recorded the heights of me, my brother and sister on a long sheet of paper attached to the inside of a closet door. It’s so fun to look back at it now (and gloat that I’ve always been taller than my older sister). :) I hope you make a growth chart for your kids, I know I will with mine!

    ~ Liz

  3. christy says:

    Oh this is really neat! Those stoves are gorgeous. I did a post recently on the prettiest stoves I’ve ever seen…I’m going to go find it and categorize it somehow. When we demolished our guest bathroom last summer, we found a chore chart for a young boy – dated from the early 1980s. Too cute!

  4. Liz says:


    Ok, now I’m torn as to whether the story about the height chart or the chore chart is the cutest thing I’ve ever heard – darn you guys and your cute stories!!

    ~ Liz

  5. Jen says:

    growing up, my parents remodeled the 150 year old farmhouse… the house didn’t have insulation, but instead they’d filled the walls with layer upon layer of ancient newspapers.

  6. As an antique stove enthusiast I enjoyed reading about this great find and especially appreciate the energy you went through in scanning and positing this information to share with others.

    Although this stove is a bit newer than the models that my Good Time Stove Company works with, I thought you might enjoy checking out our web site: http://www.goodtimestove.com.

    I thought you also might enjoy Pam Kueber’s blog: http://www.retrorenovation.com and http://www.savethepinkbathrooms.com