Extreme Makeover: O’Keefe & Merritt EditionNovember 13, 2008
Out of the blue, I got a phone call a few weeks back from Reliance Antiques, a little antique shop in Berkeley I’d stopped into almost a year ago to see if they had short handles that would fit our vintage O’Keefe and Merritt stove. For mysterious reasons, its original handles had been replaced at some point with clunky 60’s-style handles, and over the years they’d melted against the heat of the oven.
Anyway, lo and behold, they had handles in for me! They get a big plug here, too, because they were wonderful to work with, whereas the other vintage stove place we used for the first two handles was somewhat surly and ended up selling us an un-fixable handle that they swore would be easy to fix. (Their solution was glue, which should have been my first red flag, but I’d been having trouble finding handles, and these two matched. So I lose points for not being savvy enough to figure out that it was clearly not reparable. But those handles are pricey even with a ten percent discount for being broken, and it annoyed me enough that we won’t be back.)
The stove is still far from finished—we need to have one burner grate resoldered, all need to be reglazed, and one of these days I’ll try to tackle the wiring (maybe to a battery?) so that we can plug it in again and use the light and timer. We also need to fix the magic high-vue window, since right now you can’t see much through it. (It’s supposed to show you what’s cooking—considered a magic solution in the days before oven windows!) But it looks snazzy, at least!