The kitchen is the heart of the house. It’s where parties start and end, but it’s also one of the most expensive places to renovate or transform. After creating my own vintage kitchen myself this summer, I would like to share with you some of my tips and ideas for creating a kitchen in your home that reflects your image with a little vintage look.
Creating a vintage kitchen is one thing, owning a kitchen that has remained intact since 1964 is something else! But the good news in all this is that kitchens of that time were, for the most part, made of quality materials that are easy to modify.
If your cabinets are made of solid wood, as mine are, you can either paint or stain them, for a more transparent effect. You can also have them painted in a spray booth, but this requires a budget of about $150/hour. To get a very glossy and impeccable vintage effect, however, this is the best idea.
If your cabinets are newer but just as obsolete, you can cover them with a sticker from Wrap My Kitchen that can be applied simply and without bubbles to your existing kitchen cabinets. I’ve used this product on a few occasions for my vintage kitchen and for the Save the Furniture show, and let me tell you, it works!
Also read: Create an Industrial And Rustic Kitchen
Giving a vintage look to a kitchen is sometimes more subtle than transforming its frame. Sometimes all it takes is a few well-chosen accessories. On open shelves, I like to place transparent glass jars in which spices, pasta, and cereals are stored. They look much prettier than the cardboard boxes in which the products come, and on top of that, they serve as decorative elements reminiscent of the era of glass milk bottles and apothecary jars in your vintage kitchen.
Another find for the vintage kitchen that I made and that I love is the white enamel dishes with color lines. Formerly used as camp ware, it has a retro look while being the most durable on the market. Be careful though! Being made of enameled metal, it does not go in the microwave.
If you’re lucky enough to have a small dining area in your vintage kitchen, make sure to match the look of it with the vintage spirit you created in the adjacent kitchen. Sometimes it doesn’t take much more than a pretty pea tablecloth or a bottle rack to put bottles of water, Perrier, or wine on the table at dinner. Once again, these few decorative elements are all it takes to really set the tone and accentuate the look of the room as a whole, without taking a trip back in time.
Translated and adapted by Noobuzz staff.