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7 Vintage Outdoor Kitchen Decor Ideas To Add Charm To Your Space

Want to add charm to your outdoor space? These 7 Outdoor Kitchen Vintage Decor Ideas will show you how to incorporate vintage pieces into outdoor living areas.

These retro, rustic, country-chic decor items have been added to the outdoor kitchen over the past few years and I know you will love them.

Furthermore, I will be providing tips on safeguarding your vintage items from environmental factors and how to enhance your space with a vintage aesthetic.

Chippy cabinet filled with vintage treasures.

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Extend Your Living Space

Outdoor kitchens are a great way to extend your living space and enjoy the outdoors more. And if you’re looking for a way to add some vintage charm to your outdoor space, you can do a few things.

Here are a few ideas for vintage outdoor kitchen decor:

  • Use vintage appliances. Several vintage appliances can be used in an outdoor kitchen, such as old-fashioned gas grills, cast iron stoves, and enamelware sinks.
  • Add vintage furniture. Vintage furniture can also add a touch of charm to your outdoor kitchen. Look for pieces made from durable materials, such as wood or wrought iron, that will stand up to the elements.
  • Use vintage decor. There are several vintage decor items that can be used to add personality to your outdoor kitchen. Look for items such as old signs, lanterns, and planters.
  • Add plants. Plants can add a touch of life and color to your outdoor kitchen. Choose plants that are hardy, and that will thrive in the outdoor environment.

With a little planning, you can create a vintage outdoor kitchen that is both stylish and functional.

How To Thrift For Vintage Kitchen Decor

During a recent thrifting trip while thrifting with the gals, I came across a rustic Chippy Cupboard at an unbelievable price. Despite not having a specific use in mind, I couldn’t resist bringing it home with me.

Since today is our Thrifting with the Gals series, it is time I showed you what I did with that great find.

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

Vintage Decor in Outdoor Kitchen.

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Today’s post is part of our monthly series Thrifting with the Gals.

If you are new to our series, we are friends who share a love for vintage and thrifted decorating.

We all live in different parts of the country, but we come together once a month to share thrift store shopping ideas and how to decorate with your treasures.

Be sure to check out all the posts, which are linked at the end of my post.

Outdoor bar height tables run the center of the outdoor space for casual dining.

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.

See how the 7 Vintage finds can add a touch of nostalgia to your outdoor space.

Vintage Cast Iron Sink

First, the cast iron sink was rusting away in the yard of a vintage shop.

The sinks stand was missing a leg, but I could still see the potential.

After a new coat of paint and a new leg, the sink fits right into the retro outdoor kitchen vibe.

cast iron old sink with green and black paint.

Cast Iron Cookstove

The vintage cast iron wood cook stove was a gift from my aunt. She received her first stove when she got married nearly a century ago.

She gave Brad and me the stove before we were married. The original color was green, cream, and black.

We previously painted the green areas with black paint.

We have slowly removed as much of the black paint as possible to reveal the original green color.

Antique wood cook stove in green and black decorate the outdoor kitchen.

Vintage Refrigerator

Another gift is the Hotpoint refrigerator. 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.

Vintage outdoor kitchen decor includes chippy cabinet and old vintage refrigerator.

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

Chippy primitive cabinet was a great thrift store find and adds storage to the outdoor kitchen.
Having a primitive cupboard in the outdoor kitchen provides perfect storing vintage pieces to used in this space.

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

Cute vintage accessories add charm to the vintage outdoor kitchen decor.

Additional Outdoor Decor

You’ll see many rustic vintage family pieces used within the outdoor kitchen.

Old Screened Door

The antique screened door was originally the front door of the cabin which is now our outdoor kitchen.

We salvaged the door and hung it above the sink.

If you’d like to see what the kitchen looked like before, check out DIY Outdoor Kitchen Before and After.

Old screen door hangs above the vintage sink as architectural art in the outdoor kitchen vintage decor.

Mid-Century Vintage Clock

This clock with a vintage charm previously graced my parents’ home for over 50 years.

Adding it to the outdoor kitchen adds stylish mid-century vibe to the space.

Mid-century iron clock hangs in outdoor kitchen next to the antique sink.

Vintage Metal Kitchen Cabinet

Apart from the basic cabinet, we also incorporated a retro metal kitchen cabinet to store silverware and other items that require additional storage space and protection from the elements.

Vintage Metal Kitchen cabinet for added storage
In order to keep the metal cabinet from rusting, I used Rust-oleum spray paint.

DIY Vintage Sign

We were unable to locate any of the original signs for The Ponds.

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 for all the details.

DIY Rustic Sign is reproduction of original The Ponds Signage.

DIY Recycled Metal Utensil Holder

To make a utensil holder for the outdoor grill, we repurposed an old folding cot bed and hung it in the outdoor kitchen. It now serves as a convenient and practical storage solution for our metal utensils.

The utensil holder adds more vintage charm to the kitchen.

Add hanging metal utensil holder above grill for vintage outdoor kitchen decor charm.

How To Care For Outdoor Vintage Decor and Protect From The Elements

The hardest thing about outdoor spaces is keeping everything protected from the weather.

Even objects protected by a roof, awning, or other coverings can still be susceptible to moisture damage.

In order to protect the chippy cupboard & DIY wooden sign, a clear coat of protective sealer has been applied.

I applied a coat of Rust-oleum Protective Enamel on all metal items, including the metal cabinet and the old cook stove.

The refrigerator and cast iron sink received a custom mixed Rust-oleum paint to closely match the wood stove’s green accent color.


Thank you for visiting today. Make sure to check out all the other thrifting ideas during the tour.

Follow Along on the Tour

Next is one of my favorite thrifting friends, Michele, at Vintage Home Design, who is 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.

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7 Outdoor Kitchen Vintage Decor Ideas to add charm to your outdoor space.
7 Outdoor Kitchen Vintage Decor Ideas to add charm to your outdoor space.


Saturday 20th of May 2023

Rachel, I have a whole folder of your posts/blogs. This one is especially helpful and I fear the men in my life will be doing serious eye rolls when I start ‘requesting’ 🫣certain updates to my back porch. When I was a child we had the white refrigerator, still have it in the shed, 🙄 wonder if …lol it’s a Coldspot. My grandmas wood burning cook stove is in storage somewhere with the family. Oh how you have ignited a “new project fire in this old lady”!!!

Thank you Rachel for living your best life and allowing us to be a part.


Thursday 25th of May 2023

Shirley, You are so sweet. Thank you for your encouraging comments today. I'm so glad you are following along with my adventures.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Thursday 17th of June 2021

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