Currently, there is a whole trend based on retro, Mid Century Modern designs and it has spread into the kitchen. Why not? Is there not a more interesting place to display retro appliances, furniture, and decor? We think not!
Of course, while it is our business to sell retro items, we are also collectors and enthusiasts. At our age, we lived among many Mid Century Modern objects and think that it is fantastic that twenty and thirty somethings are flocking to buy them due to the campy, kitschy vibe that they bring into a room.
If you cannot afford to revamp your entire kitchen due to budget constraints or if you are simply being practical, here are a few items that you may wish to purchase to add a bit of panache into your space.
- Vintage Breadbox – these come in many designs, shapes, and colors and can easily be a focal point in your retro kitchen. They range in price, but twenty-five dollars is the most that I have seen them while sourcing items for our business. We have one in stock! It is copper and has a groovy 1960’s vibe.
- Vintage Utensils – Can be purchased through us and we have a myriad of interesting items. Most range from the 1930’s – 70’s. Some of the coolest are vintage canning items. They come in all sorts of shapes and add interest if displayed
- Retro appliances If you do not want to spend money on the whole shebang, retro mixmasters, hand mixers, meat grinders, can openers, and other small appliances add a pop to an otherwise empty space and go a long way on creating the right atmosphere. Furthermore, these items are practical, made well, and are built to last.
- Retro Linens – If you cannot afford vintage curtains, look for vintage inspired fabric designs at your local fabric store and make your own! Also, retro table cloths, vintage aprons, etc. add a special inherited ambiance to your room and can be found relatively inexpensive as far as decor items.
- Lighting Fixtures – This is where it gets fun! You can easily make your own and get a lot of mileage out of them. I have seen people use old butter churns to make lamps and they are really neat conversation pieces and are simply charming.
These are just a few suggestions for updating your vintage kitchen. If you have a vintage kitchen that you wish to share, please send it to us along with your own original ideas as others could benefit from them. Until next time…