How To Display Vintage Collectibles In A Country Kitchen

If you have a country farmhouse or cottage style kitchen you are probably in love with vintage kitchen collectibles like I am. Oh for the love of vintage Pyrex, milk glass, canning jars, enamelware and old cook books! My cottage style kitchen is anything but minimalistic. I have spent years collecting vintage kitchen goods and have had to get a little creative with displaying all of them.

If you are decorating a country kitchen or a retro style kitchen you may need a little inspiration on how to display your vintage kitchen treasures especially if you have a small kitchen.

Display Pieces

Old book shelves, hutches and small accent tables can be great real estate for displaying vintage kitchen decor. Hunt your local thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets for pieces that have character and charm. Look past the present state it is in and envision what it could look like with a couple of coats of paint and perhaps some distressing. If you are not very creative and your budget allows, shop for already painted pieces at your local antique shops. Just about every town has a shop or two filled with great upcycled furniture.


How To Display Vintage Collectibles In A Kitchen

Open Shelving

Hang a couple of shelves to display your vintage kitchen finds. Group collections in sets of three like these old canning jars. Don’t hide your cherished old cook books away in a cabinet. Show them off by propping them up on shelves or in place them in plate stands.

Vintage Country Kitchen Decor

If space is an issue you can hang shelving over doorways and windows. This is a great way to utilize space that would normally go to waste.

Vintage Kitchen Shelf Display

Look Up

If you are lucky enough to have space above your cabinets this is a great place to display tinware, cake stands and other collectibles. Remove the doors or cut out the centers of you cabinet doors and replace with chicken wire to show off favorite dishes. Learn more on creating a Display Cabinet For Your Kitchen Here.

Displaying Vintage Kitchen Collectibles In A Kitchen

Just for the fun of it set the table with pretty dishes. An old picture frame can become a wonderful serving tray with some paint and fabric. Use it as a building block for a unique table vignette.

Red White and Turquoise Country Tablescape

Vintage enamelware can be hung on a wall for unexpected wall art.

Country Kitchen Collectibles

Have an apron collection? Create a unique window treatment  by hanging aprons from ribbon or string with clothespins. For more ideas on displaying an apron collection please stop by my post Creative Ways To Display A Vintage Apron Collection Here.

Vintage Aprons Window Treatments

These ideas on how to display vintage collectibles in a country kitchen are all easy to implement and more importantly can bring your cherished kitchen treasures out in the open where they can be looked at and enjoyed. I have been working on my kitchen off and on for the past few months and can’t wait to share new photos with you. Stay tuned!

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  1. Lisa

    I love all the pictures here! What a fantastic kitchen. 🙂

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