Checkerboard floors, farmhouse sinks, and scalloped accents. Yep, we’re rounding up the best of vintage kitchens—as modeled on modern renditions.
Why buy any old appliance when you can get one with decorative charm, like this ’50s-style Smeg fridge? Bonus: They take up less space!
Farmhouse or Apron-Front Sink
With or without the curtain underneath.
These floors are fit for a ’50s diner.
One easy way to throw it back? Throw up some wallpaper, whether the polka dot backsplash of the ’50s or the bold, busy prints from the ’60s.
We love the look of vintage-inspired backsplashes, like this green glass tile.
Statement Floors & Beadboard Paneling
Encaustic tiles like the ones shown here have been around since medieval times, but they’re making a major comeback in modern kitchens—and we can see why! On the back wall, beadboard brings barely-there texture (and vintage appeal) to this bright-white space.
Pastel Paint Colors
Like this pretty, retro palette.
Odds are your mom or grandma had one of these hanging in her kitchen. Now, they can be found built in to the sides of islands.
This one was salvaged from the Victorian era for extra elegance.
Vintage Dish Collections
Back in the day, glassware like wedding china or this gorgeous jadeite collection (popular during World War II) was proudly displayed.
Even if it now holds silverware instead of baked goods, this old breadbox completes the rustic farmhouse look.
Sure, it’s bulky, but so cool—and you could use it for extra storage!
Instead of built-in cabinets, vintage kitchens were filled with freestanding furniture, like this lovely little hutch.
What could be cozier than a little dining area carved into the corner window space?
Pull-Out Cutting Board
Fireplace & Swivel Stools
Early American kitchens had fireplaces for cooking. Electric ovens have now taken their place, but we’d kill for this quaint, historic detail in our modern homes. In the forefront, sweet little stools are reminiscent of an old fashioned soda shoppe.
Kitchen islands didn’t used to be quite as substantial as they are these days. Here, a humble butcher block does the trick.
Extra storage and space for prepping dishes with entertaining? Count us in!