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Decorating with Antique Furniture in Modern Farmhouse

Do you like decorating with Antique Furniture? Which do you prefer? Antiques Vs. Vintage?

I have several antique and vintage pieces around the farmhouse. However, my favorite is an antique honey pine hutch, which I received as an anniversary gift 29 years ago. It’s one of those pieces I’d never sell.

Y’all know I like decorating with antiques and vintage finds for an eclectic country chic modern farmhouse style. So, I’m sharing how I decorate with my favorite antique piece, which will help you determine whether your finds are antiques or vintage.

Antique Furniture - Pine Hutch with ironstone dishes, DIY plate rack with copper, and breadboards.

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What is Antique vs. Vintage?

Decorating with antiques and vintage finds can be an eco-friendly alternative to buying new furniture.

It can also be more economical in some cases.

If you are shopping second-hand and in thrift stores, the prices are much more budget-friendly. However, the prices in antique stores will most likely be more pricey.

So what is antique vs. vintage?

Antiques are items that are over 100 years old. However, you’ll find many things that are not that old in Antique Stores, so it’s important to do some research to ensure you get a genuine antique.

Antique Furniture - side view of Pine Hutch DIY plate rack with copper, ironstone, and breadboards

So, you may ask what vintage is, and there are some differences of opinion on this term. Everyone agrees that anything 50-99 years old is vintage. However, some will argue that anything over 20 years old is vintage.

This is another area where you need to proceed with caution. There are many vintage replicas, and it can be hard to tell the difference between an authentic vintage piece and a good replica.

One rule of thumb is if the shop has several of one item, it’s probably not authentic.

Antique Furniture - Pine Hutch with ironstone dishes, DIY plate rack with copper, and breadboards with basket & crock on top

Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop

Today’s article is part of Cindy at County Road 407’s Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop. In addition to my favorite antique furniture pieces, you will see five other favorites and how they are decorated with antiques and vintage treasures.

If you are joining me from Christy at Our Southern Home, I’m so glad you stopped by today.

My Favorite Antique Furniture – Pine Hutch

The one piece of antique furniture I’d never sell or replace is the honey pine antique hutch my husband gifted me for our 15th anniversary.

We found it in an antique store specializing in European antiques, and I immediately loved the warm pine color.

Antique Furniture - Pine Hutch with vintage basket & crocks on top, DIY plate rack with copper, and breadboards.

Over 20 years later, we would find a unique door with the same finish. It was repurposed into our bedroom barn door.

Antique Door repurposed into barn door in a modern farmhouse.  Entry with vintage and antique items.

The Unique Details

The glass doors at the cabinet’s top have the character I love. There are lots of bubbles and waves in the glass, which causes the old dishes inside to appear blurred.

In addition, the old lock and key are still in place and in working order.

I also love the simple wood cravings on this favorite piece.

Decorating with Antiques

When decorating with antiques, you can mix them with new and modern decor for a unique, eclectic style. This is a perfect combination for Country Chic Decorating Style. To learn more about this style, see my Spring Home Tour.

To decorate my antique hutch, I have used many vintage and thrift store finds to fill the shelves.

The shelves are packed with stacks of white ironstone dishes, bowls, and pitchers.

Antique Furniture - Pine Hutch filled with vintage ironstone pitchers, dishes and old scale.

In addition, the top is another favorite place to decorate. This Spring, I added a favorite thrift store basket and pottery crock with moss stems.

The area beside the hutch is filled with more vintage and antique pieces on the DIY Plate Rack.

Antique vs. Vintage Finds in modern farmhouse kitchen.  Copper and ironstone.

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More Favorite Antiques & Vintage Treasures

It’s difficult for me to choose between my antique vs. vintage treasures. Therefore, I wanted to share a few more of my favorites with you.

Although I don’t know the exact age of each piece, I do remember when I purchased them.

The chippy church pew looked just like this when I found it 30 years ago. I’ve used it at my dining table in two homes.

I’ve always loved antique ice boxes, and when I found a metal one, I knew exactly where it could be displayed. It has been on my screened porch for the last six years.

After seeing a similar dresser in Charleston, SC, I purchased this one locally for a fraction of the cost. Twenty-five years ago, I painted it to look like the much more expensive one. It received this second makeover to work with our farmhouse style.

The chippy industrial cart found its way to our loft five years ago. A little repurposing made it the perfect TV cart.

Probably my best deal was this chippy green primitive cabinet for only $35.00. It has been in our outdoor kitchen for four years.

The original green paint complements the old wood cookstove, which was my aunt’s first stove when she married. In approximately five more years, it will be an authentic antique.

The refrigerator has been in use for more than 70 years and still runs like a charm. I wish my 6-year-old refrigerator ran as quietly.

Antique Furniture - Chippy Primitive Cabinets with chippy green paint in outdoor kitchen.
$35.00 Primitive Cupboard

The vintage sideboard was a trash to treasure find approx. 35 years ago. It has traveled to three of our homes, and when I didn’t have room for a sideboard in our farmhouse, it was transformed into a kitchen island.

The doors still have the original stain that I applied on the first makeover of this piece.

Antique Furniture Vintage Sideboard repurposed into DIY Kitchen Island in Modern Farmhouse
Rescued Sideboard Transformed Into Kitchen Island

Antique Farm Table

Since we moved to the Ponds, I’ve been searching for an antique farm table. Everything we found was either too large or small, too short or too rickety. Finally, we found this beauty at the Carolina’s Picker’s Festival last fall. It’s a solid walnut table, the perfect size, and very sturdy. The lesson we learned is not to give up and not settle for something you will regret.

Antique farm table in solid walnut.

More Antique & Vintage Decorating in Modern Farmhouse

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Wendy McMonigle

Wednesday 24th of April 2024

Rachel, you have so many beautiful antique pieces, and you have styled them to perfection. I love to mix a few antiques into my decor at home as well.


Wednesday 24th of April 2024

Wendy, I appreciate your kind words. Have the best day.


Tuesday 18th of April 2023

Chippy green anything is the best!


Wednesday 19th of April 2023

Kyra, I agree! Thanks for stopping by.

Lora Bloomquist

Monday 10th of April 2023

Loved seeing all your favorite old pieces, Rachel, and hearing the stories of finding them:) I've always wanted an old church pew like yours, but my space just couldn't handle it; maybe someday! Also love your bedroom sliding door!


Tuesday 11th of April 2023

Lora, I appreciate this. Thank you.


Monday 10th of April 2023

Want to know the kinds of gifts my husband gives me? Well, I'm going to tell you anyway. A dishwasher, a vacuum and other practical items. :/ The one thing that hasn't been replaced in our marriage is the bed he bought us when we moved into a new house. But in his defense, neither of us are romantic and that spills over into gifts. LOL.

Anyway, I can see why you'd never give up that pine hutch. It's magnificent! And I love how you've mixed your treasures. It all fits so perfectly together.

I'm still looking for the perfect pew. I had one given to me some years ago but it's not my vibe. I think it's from a church built in the 70's.

Thanks for joining in this month. I loved this post!!!


Monday 10th of April 2023

Cindy You are so funny. We aren't romantic either. I usually just find what I want and say that would make a great gift for etc.


Saturday 8th of April 2023

You have so many incredible pieces of vintage furniture, Rachel. I love the scrubbed honey pine finish on the hutch. It's so unique and the perfect spot for all your wonderful ironstone pieces. And love your chippy church pew, perfect spot for guest coats and purses. Have a wonderful Easter Weekend!


Sunday 9th of April 2023

Debra, Thank you for your sweet comments. Have a wonderful Easter