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7 Outdoor Kitchen Vintage Decor Ideas

I recently found a primitive Chippy Cupboard while out Thrifting with the Gals. The price was incredible and although I didn’t have a clue where I was going to use it, home with me it came. Since today is our Thrifting with the Gals blog Hop, I thought it was time I showed you what I did with that great find.

7 Outdoor Kitchen Vintage Decor Ideas will show you how to incorporate your vintage pieces into outdoor spaces. I’m sharing all the retro, rustic, country chic decor items that we have added to the outdoor kitchen over the past few years.

In addition, I’m sharing how to protect your vintage pieces from the outdoor elements and how to style the area with a fun, vintage feel.

The primitive cupboard works perfectly with the vintage wood cook stove and refrigerator that we already had displayed in the outdoor kitchen.

Thrifting with the Gals

We have so much fun thrifting every Wednesday and this month was not exception. Today all my thrifting friends are sharing tips and idea about using your thrifted, vintage or antique finds around your home and garden. If you are joining me from Lynn, At Home In The Wild Wood, welcome. Be sure to check out all the posts, which are linked at the end of my post.

Outdoor KItchen Vintage Decor

Over the past few years, we have added pieces of vintage kitchen appliances and cabinets to give the kitchen a retro feel. As you know, it’s my favorite decor style both inside the house and out.

Today I’m showing you 7 of vintage items that we’ve added to the outdoor kitchen.

First, the cast iron sink.

The cast iron wood cook stove was my aunt’s first stove when she got married. She gave Brad and I the stove before we were married. The original color was green, cream and black. We painted the areas that were green, black. We have slowly removed as much of the black paint as possible to reveal the original color.

The Hotpoint refrigerator was also a gift. It’s over 70 years old and still runs like a charm. It was originally white but we decided to paint it a similar color to the wood stove.

The Vintage Cupboard Addition

If you follow along on Thrifting with the Gals, you may remember when I found this primitive cupboard for only $35.00. I pulled the price tag off the cabinet so fast that it would make your head spin. LOL

The primitive cupboard is perfect for storing vintage pieces to use in the outdoor kitchen.

I couldn’t wait to decorate the cupboard with several vintage pieces.

Additional Outdoor Decor

The antique screened door was originally the front door of the cabin which is now our outdoor kitchen. We were able to salvage the door and hang it above the sink. You can see more about the outdoor kitchen, before & after, here.

The vintage clock originally hung in my parents home for 50 plus years.

We found the metal kitchen cabinet when we were shopping for the sink. They both came home with us that same day.

In order to keep the metal cabinet from rusting, I used Rust-oleum spray paint.
DIY Vintage Sign

Unfortunately, the original sign for The Ponds was no where to be found by the time we started refurbishing the property. However, with some reclaimed boards, I was able to recreate a similar sign to hang in the outdoor kitchen. See How to Build a Vintage Inspired Sign here.

Care for outdoor Vintage Decor

The hardest thing about outdoor spaces, is keeping everything protected from the weather. Even items undercover of a roof, awning, etc., will still be subject to damage from moisture.

The newly purchased chippy cupboard & DIY wooden sign have been sealed with a clear coat of protective sealer.

All metal pieces, such as the metal cabinet and old cook stove receive a coat of Rust-oleum Protective Enamel. The refrigerator and cast iron sink received a custom mixed Rust-oleum paint to closely match the wood stoves green accent color.

Follow Along on the Tour

Next, is one of my favorite thrifting friends, Michele at Vintage Home Design. She is so good at adding thrifted and vintage items to her decor. Be sure to click on the links below to see all the thrifted and vintage inspiration.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 19th of June 2021

That green chippy cabinet got me when I saw it in the back of your car Rachel! And I love its new home. Everything looks perfect in your outdoor space.

Saturday 19th of June 2021

Kim, It was a great find!

Teddee Grace

Thursday 17th of June 2021

Love your apple green decor, the stove especially. I grew up cooking on a wood stove and the first two years after I retired I lived in our family cabin in the Colorado Rockies and cooked on and heated with a wood stove. Everything tastes better simmered at the back near the chimney!

Thursday 17th of June 2021

Teddee, I've never done that but I can imagine. Thanks for stopping by.

Marlene Stephenson

Thursday 17th of June 2021

You knew how good it would look and you are so right, love your cute outdoor kitchen with pretty green cabinet.

Thursday 17th of June 2021

Marlene, I couldn't leave that deal behind. I had to make it work and it does. Thanks so much for all your support.


Thursday 17th of June 2021

Oh my goodness! I love it! And the vintage stove! Live it all! Thanks for sharing!

Thursday 17th of June 2021

You are so sweet to stop by. Thanks so much.


Thursday 17th of June 2021

I love your cabinet your brought home. Your refrigerator is pretty as well as the screen door hanging.

Thursday 17th of June 2021

Cindy, I'm so glad you stopped by today. I love sharing my vintage.