This beautiful kitchen melds reclaimed building materials, architectural elements, and vintage graphics in innovative ways. Tin details spark interest on the ceiling and above the range. Chip-painted boards create an inexpensive, high-impact backsplash, while corbels support the island's breakfast bar. Symbols of a different time -- including a sugar-curing sign, stained-glass window, and assorted advertising tins -- supply era-apt colors and motifs.
Today's vintage kitchens need to work harder than ever before. Easy-to-clean painted cabinets, a deep apron sink, sealed wood countertops, and painted floorboards provide country style with plenty of function. Open shelves and glass-door cabinets show off vintage mixing bowlsand serving pieces. A primitive shelf unit converts to a petite but purposeful island that rounds out the work core.
Beaded-board cabinets and weathered-wood countertops set the stage for exhibiting collections that accentuate this vintage kitchen's period look. Bottles, baskets, and jugs displayed atop the cabinets pay tribute to the past. Counter-set canisters, crocks, and a bread box supply modern function in old-fashioned forms.
Captivating colors, vintage fittings, and scintillating surprises energize classic kitchen designs. Start with neutral foundations and sprinkle in upbeat details -- such as vivacious patterned dishes, bright barstools, and unexpected fixtures -- to build a vintage kitchen design with plenty of personality.
Give new life to old fixtures and furniture to add collected charm to your vintage kitchen. In this room, pieces of salvaged marble serve as a counter atop a cabinet base built from reclaimed wood. French tiles create a colorful backsplash above a hospital sink set among an antique desk and aged office hutch that now holds cups.