Kitchens are the heart of the home and for those of us who love vintage style decorating, we tend to have quite a few collections of vintage kitchen items to display. Today I wanted to talk about vintage kitchen aprons. I love to collect vintage aprons and even make them. Today I would like to talk to you about how to display a vintage apron collection and incorporate them into your kitchen decor.
My first sewing project happened to be an apron I created in my seventh grade Home Economics Class. I still have it.
A few weeks ago I treated myself to a shopping trip and while scouring a few local consignment shops I came across three handmade half aprons in aqua blue, yellow and red gingham. Ding Ding Ding! …those are MY colors and they would look great in my kitchen. I picked them up for only a couple of bucks a piece and brought them home. I wanted to create a way to display my aprons so I could admire them whenever I walk into the room but wasn’t quite sure what to do with them. I turned to the internet and blog land to see what other gals had come up with. I found quite a few clever and pretty ways to display a vintage apron collection…..
Junk Market Style member TheGoodOlDaysHouse created a curtain valance out of a couple of vintage aprons. Too cute!
Over at Musings from Kim K. I found this neat idea of hanging a bunch of aprons on a wall with ribbon and clothes pins creating a clothesline look.
A couple of years ago I helped out a friend with decorating for a Kitchen Bridal Shower. We hung aprons off the back of chairs for a fun look. This is a great idea for a party but not practical for every day living in my house.
I love how they displayed this vintage tablecloth apron from a vintage hanger over at Q is for QuilterJust hang it with a couple of vintage clothespins and display on a wall. A quick and easy display and a great look to boot!
This one is one of my favorites. I LOVE this vignette by Sweet Eye Candy Creations. Her blog is just gorgeous by the way. Sweet Eye Candy is the perfect name for Jennifer’s blog.
So after a couple of days of gathering my inspiration, this is what I came up with…..
I hung simple jute string with eye hooks anchored into my window casings in my breakfast room. I hung aprons from the line with hand painted clothespins, creating a fun window treatment. Hmmmm, I like it but not sure I am lovin’ it. My husband came home from work and asked me “What’s up with the aprons in the windows?” Maybe he thought I was doing laundry or something.
I think the jute string was bugging me, even with the cute polka dotted clothespins. It just wasn’t working for me.
After a few days of living with my apron/clothesline window treatment I decided to try something else.
I had a piece of shabby, chippy salvaged molding sitting in the garage, just waiting for me to find a use for it. I attached five ceramic drawer pulls to the board and attached it to the wall, hanging an apron from each knob. Of course I had to dress up the knobs a bit with some fun red polka dots!
So, here’s my dilemma. I love this look but kinda like the window treatment (with a more substantial clothesline perhaps) too. What do you think? How would you display a vintage apron collection? I am taking suggestions blog friends!
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