Giving your home a new look when you’re on a limited budget may seem difficult. What’s more, decorating the house with vintage finds and creating appealing displays can seem even tougher!
However, there are limitless possibilities of infusing vintage items into your home décor without having to spend a lot of money on expensive stuff. All you need are some DIY skills and the ability to look at items and think of different ways to use them!
If you’re ready to give your home a healthy dose of vintage, you’ve come to the right place. These tips are also great if you already own vintage pieces. If not, you can get it as freebies online or through flea markets. Read on for 5 ideas that you’re sure to love.
Place Vintage Finds Together
Make a collage of all your vintage collectibles and display them on the mantelshelf, bedside table, coffee table, or even kitchen countertop. Bear in mind that your vintage treasures might never match each other, but don’t worry about mismatching anything as you’re sure to find some harmony between the pieces if you look for it!
If you’ve got several items and can’t seem to figure out a way to display them, start with grouping items by type or color.
Spray Paint Items
Create a unified display by spray-painting a medley of different items in the same color. For example, grab some old trays, buckets, and kitchenware, paint them a bold color, and display them together. You could also get some bar stools for the kitchen and paint each one a different primary color.
Just remember to wipe down items with a damp cloth to get rid of dirt and dust, and allow them to air dry before you begin painting!
Bring out Your China
Old china and other pottery items can make the best vintage displays in your living room or kitchen, so bring them out of hiding and give them a place on mantels, tables, and countertops. Don’t worry if they are stained, chipped, broken, or if sets are incomplete; the flaws will only lend to the vintage appeal! Do add in some thrift store hand-painted coffee mugs to brighten up the display.
Pottery can also be put to use in various ways; for example, use utensils as planters and place them around the house- in corners and on windowsills and tables, etc. Furthermore, decorative pieces can be used as bookends or to hold trinkets.
Show off Suitcases
You can also consider placing a single suitcase upright by a bedside table or by the mantel. A large vintage trunk can be used as a bench or a center table too! Alternatively, leave a vintage suitcase open on a dresser or on a side table and use it to hold items like toiletries, photo frames, books, or a vase.
In addition to this, vintage suitcases can be transformed into shelves or wall decorations easily by simply cutting through them. If you have pets, transform each suitcase half into a comfy bed for your furry friends.
Amp up Storage
Go vintage with storage by using your flea market finds and hand-me-downs differently. Here are some tips you could make use of:
- Use crates to store items under the sink and in the laundry room. Attach wheels on crates to make for easy under-the-bed storage. Crates can also be mounted into studs on walls to create striking wall storage.
- Store towels, linens, clothes, kitchen ware, and more in wicker baskets. Display the baskets on shelves or line them on the floor.
- Turn to open shelving wherever possible and mount trays, racks and metal baskets on walls to hold items. Paint shelves white or in a bright color, or give them a distressed look to add to the vintage look.
- Use a baker’s metal and wood rack to accommodate various objects like kitchen utensils, laundry baskets, paperwork, etc.
- Repurpose pitchers and vases to serve as utensil and cutlery holders on the kitchen countertop and the dinner table.
- Muffin tins, cake dishes, servers, and plates can be used to display jewelry. You can also hang accessories on a DIY tree branch holder.
Displaying vintage items around the house in a way that doesn’t make the décor look cluttered and busy is challenging. And being on a tight budget can certainly add to your troubles!
That being said, giving your home vintage vibes doesn’t have to be harrowing. With the tips given here, you now know a handful of ways to deck up your home without spending a fortune at flea markets and antique shops. So get started on using and repurposing your vintage treasures the right way!
Author bio: Ann Neal is a writer with a keen in decor, fashion, parenting and lifestyle topics. She is passionate about music and loves to play guitar in her free time. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her Twitter handle is @Ann_G_Neal