While summer is all about grilling, fall is all about baking. The onset of the extended holiday season means the kitchen gets a workout with flour-coated counters, mounds of chocolate chips, and spicy scents wafting through the whole house. For many, baking a batch of pumpkin bread or snickerdoodles brings back cherished memories of spending time in the kitchen with mom or grandma. For me, sitting on the kitchen stool while I stirred a batch of cookie dough in Mom’s giant Pyrex bowl was pure heaven.
You can bring some vintage flavor back into your own holiday baking this season with our Vintage Housewares Collection. This Vintage Pyrex 4-Quart Bowl will hold the muffin mix while adding some sunshine to your kitchen with its zesty yellow finish. This hue comes from the Primary Color line of Pyrex dishes and the bowl measures just over 10″ in diameter. For smaller batches, check out the matching Vintage Pyrex Yellow 2.5 Quart Bowl which is eye-popping on your counter even when you’re not baking!
For an updated version of these classic bowls, don’t miss the newest offerings in our Porcelain Enamelware Collection. This Set of 5 Enamelware Nesting Bowls gives you a full range of sizes for everything from salsa verde in the small bowl to a hearty salad in the largest size. These American made bowls are hand spun from commercial grade steel then coated with porcelain enamel glass and baked to create a hard-as-nails finish that will stand up to years of use. Choose from seven brilliant colors for this nesting set.
Want more variety in your kitchenware? Then choose our Build-Your-Own Enamelware Bowl Collection where you choose five bowls in whatever size and whatever finish color you want. If you want five small bowls all in Jadite, you can do that! Or how about two small bowls and three large bowls in five different finish colors? The number of options are a mathematical challenge but rest assured these beautiful porcelain enamel bowls will outlast your kitchen!Read More
Just as we promised in last month’s Vintage post, we discovered more “new” items to add to our Vintage Housewares collection! Some, in spite of their age, are still functional and handy to have in the kitchen, while others are simply full of character and charm and more suitable as an accessory or display piece.
Several vivid Pyrex Bowls caught our eye. These handy vessels are still very serviceable and will add a delightful pop of color to your kitchen counter. The Vintage Pyrex Yellow Bowl in a 2.5 quart size features the zesty yellow finish from their mid-century Primary Color Line and stands ready for the cookie dough! A larger 4-quart size is also available in the same yummy yellow finish.
Bowls like these make wonderful display items as well. You can fill with natural materials such as pine cones, colorful stones, or sea glass and use as a decorative accent on a table or shelf. Shallow bowls such as the Vintage Grey “Kondor” Porcelain Graniteware Soup Bowl are the perfect shape for floating flower petals or candles as a centerpiece.
The Primitive Blue Graniteware Wash Basin is another example of the wildly popular graniteware dishes that were first produced in this country in the late 1800s. Housewives loved not only the functionality but the unique style of these pieces. Featured on the top of this stack, the wash basin, with its pale blue finish with white speckles would make a handy prep or serving dish in any retro kitchen!
And what kitchen would be complete without some cool gadgets — either functional, every-day gadgets or vintage ones to use as display pieces on a shelf or counter top. If you were lucky enough to spend time with your grandma in the kitchen, she probably brought out a mixer just like this Manual Hand Mixer to beat the eggs. Or perhaps Grandpa doctored up his coffee each morning with a sugar dispenser much like this Retro Sugar Dispenser with Red Stripes. Bring back the good old days with simple vintage touches like these in your home!
It would probably break my mother-in-law’s heart but my favorite kitchen tool is not found in the 12-piece prep and garnish set she gave me for Christmas. I do love that 4″ birds beak garnishing knife for deveining shrimp, but my favorite and most dependable tool to have on hand, especially when I’m baking, is my Granny’s old rolling pin. The smooth wooden roller has spread out many a pie crust, and I feel a connection with her every time I grab hold of those worn handles. Vintage housewares not only conjure up wonderful memories in the kitchen, but these antique treasures are often just as useful today as they were a generation or two ago.
This Mint Green Vintage Ricer Press would make a lovely addition to any retro cooking collection and it still handles food prep tasks with ease. Potato ricers are used in many different cultures to create dishes such as Norwegian flatbreads, creamy mashed potatoes, and homemade Italian gnocchi.
The minty green finish on this antique cup press resembles our porcelain enamel Jadite finish and is one of the hottest colors of the year! The beautiful patina on this piece is consistent with light use and age.
Another fabulous find during one of our antiquing forays is this Vintage Meat Pounder which also features a classic mint green finish on the solid wood handle. This utilitarian gadget and others like it have been used for decades to pound tougher pieces of meat into tender submission. The gently worn finish on this antique kitchen tool offers a hint of its history.
Be sure to check back often on our Vintage Accessories page as we are constantly on the lookout for “new” pieces to add to our collection. These are typically one-of-a-kind items that will quickly become a conversation piece and add a touch of history to your home!
In our last post, we explored creative ways to add some swagger to your décor even if your calendar and budget aren’t quite ready for a complete overhaul. Vintage accessories are a great way to add a little history and charm to your home or office without gutting your entire space and starting over.
Little touches like a Victorian soap dish in the guest bath or an elegant crystal doorknob are a no-brainer for any DIY wannabe and create instant appeal. A fresh coat of paint — another easy, inexpensive way to freshen up a room — and a few well-chosen details like these can make a world of difference to the look, not your wallet.
But perhaps you’re ready for something with a bit more oomph. Something that will add a wow factor to your space and be as functional as it is funky. In our ramblings around antique stores and other out-of-the-way places, we sometimes stumble upon vintage furniture that we just can’t pass up. Check out this Rolling Shop Cart we found recently! This industrial mobile work station, from the Sun Service Equipment company, will attract car buffs and industrial collectors who might want to put this cart right back to work in the garage.
With its rugged steel frame, rubberized wheels, and plenty of storage space below, this cart would certainly be functional in a workshop to hold tools and serve as a stable work surface. The repurposed wooden top, however, also makes this rolling cart a likely candidate as a movable kitchen island, a portable bar in the man cave, or as a folding table in the laundry room.
Need something with a little more glam? Then the Curved Leg Table may be just the stunning piece you need in your foyer or front office space. Available in either Polished Nickel or Polished Brass, this utilitarian table is just one of many vintage accessories that can add new life to your décor!
No matter what your age or design style, we all like a little bling in our lives. That special something that turns a head and starts a conversation. Or those little extras that pull a room together and make it pop. Often times, this home dècor bling has a history; a vintage piece that isn’t seen on every store shelf or website.
You can incorporate some history into your own home with Barn Light Electric’s collection of Vintage Accessories that include salvaged and decorative accent pieces. These items are a great way to add some new life to a room without the time, hassle, and expense of a major remodel. If you’ve always wanted to try out a new look, but didn’t want to commit to a complete overhaul of your dècor, adding accessories is an instant fix.
This Countertop Mirror in polished brass adds an elegant touch to a guest bath or entryway table. This fixture is an original manufactured by UrbanArchaeology.com and is currently listed at 50 percent off the list price. Or perhaps an Antique Door Knocker, also from UrbanArchaeology.com would make a lovely utilitarian addition to your front door. This American made knocker has a polished brass finish and is also available at half off the list price.
Salvaged Hardware is a great collection to browse for pieces you can install easily and quickly to pep up your dècor. A set of Polished Chrome Hooks in the kitchen to hold towels or tools would be useful or how about dressing up those tired cabinets with some Vintage Crystal Drawer Pulls?
And of course, switching up your lighting is always a favorite way to brighten up a room! A beautifully crafted floor lamp offers a dose of Victorian charm and could be used as an accent in any room. With a detailed shaft, claw feet, and two satin glass shades, the Antique Victorian Double Lamp has been attentively preserved for modern use.
Sad as it may be, most homes don’t come with a wine cellar. Much less a wine cellar that oozes with warmth, style, and a moody vibe that lets you know as soon as you cross the threshold that this is a place to slow down, relax, and breathe — just like a good wine. This gorgeous setting is part of a 126-year-old home located in Connecticut’s Pine Meadow Historic District. Known as the Philip Chapin House after its first owner, it is named in the National Register of Historic Places as “an excellent example of Victorian domestic architecture.” The owners have spent decades preserving the historic details of this home and, as you can see here, chose classic porcelain lighting to set the mood.
This beautiful vintage cord hung pendant is very much like our 12″ Vintage Porcelain Enamel Shallow Bowl Pendant with a cotton twist cord. This porcelain fixture features a 12″ shade with a classic green exterior and a bright white interior that reflects the light effectively. The vintage cotton twist cord comes in four colors and a variety of lengths so you can choose what best fits your space. Like all of the antique lights found on our Vintage Barn Lighting site, this fixture has been cleaned and rewired and is ready to install.
If your home doesn’t have the space for a dedicated wine cellar like this one, you can still get the look in your own home. Put a couple of comfy pub chairs in the corner of the kitchen or living room, place a small table between them, and hang a vintage porcelain fixture overhead. A quiet spot in the den or even in the attic would work just as well. Comfortable furnishings, warm colors, and vintage touches will create a space where you can relax with that Moulin a Vent 1985 Le Vieux Domaine you’ve been saving!
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