Today’s Guest Post is from Inga Lindstrom. She has some great ideas about giving your kitchen a vintage look, which I love. Enjoy!
Vintage furniture, decorations, and kitchenware can add a sense of history and nostalgia to your kitchen. Give a modern kitchen a vintage twist with a few well-chosen items or add character to an older kitchen with a whole collection of vintage finds. Here are five ways to give your kitchen a vintage vibe.
Display Vintage Kitchen Items
If you already have a collection of vintage teacups, saucers, cake stands, storage tins, utensils, and other kitchen items, display them on open shelves or in a vintage cabinet with a glass door. Group items of similar colors together even if the patterns don’t match. Fix cup hooks to the edges of wooden shelves so that you can display dainty tea cups and milk jugs.
If you don’t yet own any items of vintage kitchenware, shop for them online, in thrift stores, and at garage and estate sales.
Edge Your Shelves
Fixing decorative shelf edging to the outside edges of your shelves is a very quick, easy, and inexpensive way of giving your kitchen a vintage look. White lace shelf edging gives shelves a crisp, clean appearance. However, if your kitchen contains a lot of colorful vintage items, shelf edging with a floral or fruit pattern may be more suitable.
Many types of shelf edging are available online, including pleated, embroidered, crocheted and paper. Try to find authentic vintage shelf edging that hasn’t been used or search on websites such as eBay and Etsy for modern versions of vintage shelf edging.
Put Up a Vintage Sign
From Heinz Tomato Ketchup to Coca-Cola, a wide variety of vintage signs advertising from many different kinds of food and drink products are available. Choose one that blends in well with the color scheme in your kitchen.
To give your kitchen a touch of history, opt for a sign advertising a product that is no longer on sale. If you have a vintage storage container with a product logo on it, give your kitchen a unified look by putting up a sign advertising the same product.
Add a Free-Standing Kitchen Cabinet
Free-standing kitchen cabinets were very popular in the 1950s and 1960s. They were often painted light blue, mint green or sunshine yellow. The simplest vintage kitchen cabinets consist of two cupboards and two drawers while the more complex ones incorporate a variety of glass-fronted and wooden-fronted cupboards and drawers, sometimes with internal shelves and dividers.
Look for an authentic free-standing vintage kitchen cabinet online or in a thrift store. If it is in a good condition, just clean it up and add it to your kitchen. If it is a little worse for wear or if you need to paint it a different color so that it blends in with your kitchen’s color scheme, you can easily return it to its former glory by sanding and painting it before giving it pride of place in your kitchen.
Once the cabinet has been painted, line the shelves with oilcloth or vintage shelf liners. Display your favorite vintage kitchenware in the cabinets glass-fronted sections and use the rest of the cabinet to store both modern and vintage items.
Hang Vintage Curtains
White vintage curtains made from cotton or linen would give your kitchen a stylish background. Vintage gingham curtains also look good in kitchens. They are available in a variety of colors so choose the color that fits in best with your kitchen.
Alternatively, vintage patterned curtains in similar colors to the colors of your vintage items would give your kitchen a coordinated look. If you have a lot of floral cake tins, cups, and plates, floral curtains in similar colors would blend in well.
Vintage café curtains are a good alternative to blinds, allowing you to maintain privacy whilst allowing the light to come in. You can either buy them ready-made or make them from any kind of vintage fabric, including dishtowels or tablecloths.
Give your kitchen its own special character by adding as many or as few vintage elements as you wish. Look for unusual items that will attract interest. Let your kitchens unique vintage style evolve naturally as you collect vintage items you love.