Want to create vintage charm in a modern farmhouse kitchen? Begin by using some of these budget-friendly ideas such as shopping thrift stores and vintage shops. Today I’m sharing how to create vintage charm in a Modern Farmhouse Kitchen using these rustic modern kitchen thrifting ideas.
While building the farmhouse, the main goal was to create a vintage farmhouse feel, even though the kitchen was modern.
Using antique and vintage pieces to decorate the kitchen helps to add to the vintage, rustic charm.
Table of contents
- What Is A Modern Farmhouse Kitchen?
- How Do You Add Vintage Charm To A Modern Kitchen?
- Vintage Copper
- Open Shelving
- Add Vintage Art Work
- Plant Herbs
- Textured Walls
- Add Vintage Hardware
- Use Distressed Finishes
- Use Vintage Textiles
- Set The Table With Vintage Dishes & Silverware
- Ironstone Dishes
- Vintage Bowls
- Repurposed Furniture for Modern Farmhouse Kitchen
- Add Vintage Lighting
- Don’t Be Afraid To Mix & Match
- Bread Boards, Cutting Boards and Wooden Bowls
- Ways to Decorate Above Kitchen Cabinets
- Vintage Baskets
- Antique Crocks
- Old Wooden Rolling Pins, Wooden Spoons & Tool Boxes
- More Thrifting With The Gals
What Is A Modern Farmhouse Kitchen?
When we talk about modern and farmhouses, it’s hard to wrap our minds around the two concepts.
The definition of Modern is “relating to the present time,” while the purpose of Farmhouse is harder to pin down. Most would agree that it means cozy, relaxed, rustic, and simple with touches of days gone by.
So when we talk about a Modern Farmhouse Kitchen, we think of a cozy, comfortable, and simple design with modern conveniences such as stainless steel appliances, marble countertops, and a porcelain apron sink.
Thrifting with the Gals
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We share our tips and ideas for creating a warm and curated home each month.
This month, we are excited to have Anne and AnnMarie from Simply 2 Moms joining us. Since we are all from NC, I have had the opportunity to shop with these fun ladies, and I know you will love their inspiring thrifting ideas today.
If you are joining me from Kirstin at White Arrows Home, I know you enjoyed her Back To School Organizing with Thrifted Finds tips.
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How Do You Add Vintage Charm To A Modern Kitchen?
As you have probably guessed, my favorite way to add vintage charm to a modern kitchen is to shop thrift stores for vintage and antique kitchen items. Adding vintage decor helps to create a rustic, old-world feel, and the contemporary kitchen is the perfect place to add inexpensive pieces that have a significant impact.
In addition, using repurposed and DIY decor also ups the charm factor.
One of my favorite additions to a modern kitchen is vintage copper. Copper pots add warmth to the kitchen and create that old-world feel without much effort.
The DIY Plate Rack is filled with copper, breadboards, and ironstone.
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One trend in modern farmhouse kitchens that’s been around since the pioneer days is open shelving. It disappeared briefly in the mid-’80s, and 90’s when custom cabinets became the rage. However, they are back with a vengeance in a modern farmhouse, cottage style, and mid-century modern style homes.
Open shelving is a great way to display vintage kitchenware and collectibles. It also helps to keep your kitchen feeling airy and spacious
Add Vintage Art Work
Vintage artwork can add a touch of personality to your kitchen. Look for pieces that have a rural or country feel.
Adding some herbs to your kitchen is a great way to add a touch of vintage charm and to bring the outdoors in. Plant your herbs in pots on the windowsill or in a herb garden on the countertop.
Adding textured walls to your kitchen is another way to add vintage charm and a rustic modern kitchen feel. We used a combination of shiplap and brick to create texture in the farmhouse kitchen.
When using neutral colors adding several textures is important to interest the space. Some ways to add texture include the popular shiplap, an accent wall, a brick wall, and even wallpaper.
Many peel-and-stick wallpapers mimic shiplap, brick, and other textures that are as easy to remove as they are to apply.
Add Vintage Hardware
Vintage hardware can add a touch of charm to any kitchen. Look for pieces that are made of solid brass or iron, and that have a simple, classic design.
If you can’t find authentic vintage hardware, many affordable reproductions exist.
Use Distressed Finishes
A distressed finish can give your kitchen a vintage look without making it look too old. The distressed finish on the pantry door is authentic. However, you can create distressed finishes with paints and stains that have a weathered or worn appearance.
Use Vintage Textiles
Vintage textiles can add a touch of warmth and comfort to your kitchen. Look for pieces that are made of natural materials, such as cotton, linen, and wool.
Set The Table With Vintage Dishes & Silverware
Using vintage dishes is a great way to add a touch of charm to your kitchen table. Look for dishes that are made of durable materials, such as china or stoneware, and that have a classic design.
Look for dishes, silverware, and glassware at thrift stores for budget-minded table settings.
Classic and durable are two terms associated with Ironstone Dishes. I’ve been collecting for several years and hardly ever pass on a great deal.
The classic white works with any home style and is perfect for mixing and matching tableware.
In addition to the white dishes, adding old pitches and serving pieces to your cabinets and shelving
I love stacking vintage bowls and filling them with fruit and produce. They are a great way to add storage to your countertops while adding that vintage charm factor.
Although they are getting harder to find, I’m always on the look out. These were all great and inexpensive finds.
Nestled together with an Antique Candle, they help to disguise necessary charger cords.
Repurposed Furniture for Modern Farmhouse Kitchen
One of the best ways to create a vintage feel in a modern kitchen is to use repurposed furniture to add storage.
Most old farmhouses didn’t have built-in cabinetry. Therefore, free-standing cabinets and chests were used as workstations.
We combined two old sideboards to create a unique DIY kitchen island in our farmhouse kitchen. There is abundant storage inside each cabinet, giving the kitchen that vintage charm we are talking about.
Add Vintage Lighting
Vintage lighting can add a touch of charm to your kitchen. Look for pieces that are made of brass or enamelware, and that have a simple, classic design.
Don’t worry if you don’t have wiring, you can add a vintage light fixture and a rechargeable bulb.
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In addition to the kitchen island, the addition of a repurposed screen door was added to our pantry entrance. It maintains its original chippy paint but now includes a chalkboard and metal magnet board.
The chippy green paint colors inspired the recently updated island paint colors.
Don’t Be Afraid To Mix & Match
When decorating your kitchen, don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles of antiques and collectibles. This will help to create a unique and eclectic look.
Bread Boards, Cutting Boards and Wooden Bowls
Vintage breadboards, cutting boards, and old wooden bowls are one of my favorite thrift stores finds. They have so much character and warmth to a modern kitchen.
Use them on your open shelves or stack them in the center of your dining table to create a riser for your centerpiece.
Ways to Decorate Above Kitchen Cabinets
You can add collectibles to the space above your kitchen cabinets to decorate.
The options are unlimited. See more options at How To Decorate Above Kitchen Cabinets with a Modern Farmhouse Style.
I love collecting handcrafted baskets, which are pretty easy to find. Use them to hold floral arrangements, hand towels, napkins, and cutlery.
They add so much texture to Ann’s rustic modern kitchen. She hangs multiple style baskets from the beam above her kitchen cabinet.
Whether you have a small collection of crocks or a large group, the texture and shape add to the rustic modern farmhouse feel.
Fill with cooking utensils such as wooden spoons and gather them on a shelve or countertop.
They also make great floral arrangement containers or fill them with faux Christmas trees this holiday season.
Old Wooden Rolling Pins, Wooden Spoons & Tool Boxes
I love collecting all of the above. Filling old toolboxes full of these thrift store finds creates a unique and exciting vignette for the rustic farmhouse kitchen.
More Thrifting With The Gals
Up next is Anne & AnnMarie with Simply 2 Moms. Click each link below for more great Thrifting With The Gals Tips.
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