Keys to a Classy, Not Kitschy, Vintage-Style Kitchen

This post falls in the category of "my dreams for a future kitchen." Perhaps it will inspire the NON "newlywed, on a budget, paying off college loan" types out there who are needing some ideas for their upcoming remodel.

OR, if you are like me, you can enjoy looking at these delicious kitchens, tuck some of the bigger plans into your pocket for the future, and thank the good Lord you actually have a kitchen and a roof over your head, running water, and food to eat!

If you own an old home and need ideas on how to renovate your kitchen, while keeping it retro, check out the Old Homes, New Life section on Arciform, LLC website.

Vintage postcard backsplash from the book Creating Vintage Style

Love how this cabinet, even its doors, keep so many things organized and cute! source

Well, it wouldn't be a Mostaza Seed blog post if I didn't offer up some suggestions for vintage and vintage inspired products!

The Basics:

Big Chill Refridgerators and Appliances! You may recognize this fridge from the Rachel Ray show. It's just so charming! I've always wanted a vintage fridge, but don't know that it would be fun to deal with it breaking down or being extremely non-energy efficient. A Big Chill would be the best of both worlds... All the retro goodness and modern conviniece to boot!

Search for salvage yards in your area to find a beautiful, time tested, vintage kitchen sink!

You can easily find vintage 50's and 60's dinnette sets on ebay,
Or purchase a vintage reproduction like this from KitchenSource.com.

Vintage 1940's/50's White and Red Kitchen Cabinet from Etsy seller thevintagesupplyco, $350

Schoolhouse Electric Co. makes some of the most gorgeous vintage style light fixtures!

The Extras!

Blue Floral Ransburg Canisters from Etsy seller lisabretrostyle2, $26

Mini Flag Banner Repurpose from Vintage Tea Towels by Etsy seller MontclaireMade, $30

Typhoon, UK based design firm that designs vintage inspired kitchenware. Genius!

1950 Vintage Sifter from Etsy seller kelleystreetvintage, $37.95

3 Tier Wire French Basket from Etsy seller whitewhispers, $68.50

Vintage Mini Kitchen Mixer Clock from Etsy seller mostazaseed (me!), $48
Wood Retro Kitchen "Eat" Sign by Etsy seller oldnewagain, $54

All this kitchen talk has made me hungry! Nick picked up waaaay too many potatoes on Saturday for our Easter lunch (the 5lb bag was cheaper than the 1lb bag), so I'm putting them to good use and making Feta, Spinach Potato Cakes for dinner!

Want to see more vintage-inspired kitchen goodness? Check out part 2 of this series here.


  1. Wow, your blog is heavenly!! The colors are DIVINE!

    Thanks for including our *eat* sign. Now I want to go paint my own kitchen and hang it in there! :D


  2. G'Day~A Thank you for featuring my 3 Tier French Wire Basket on your Blog.Great Blog Style.How Fun!

    I am now a follower and look forward to Blogging/Visiting with you.~Cheers Kim

  3. Don't forget vintage tea towels! I love them - except they're so pretty I don't want to use them:)

  4. Great post...overflowing with ideas!! I love the post card backsplash. I'll have to look into that one:D

  5. Hey these are great! I love retro kicthens- I even blogged about it awhile ago:


    check it out!


  6. Of course, retro tea towels are a must!

  7. Ahhh... the Big Chill refrigerator! Some people lust after celebrities, but I lust after a Big Chill refrigerator/stove combo. Wish my piggy bank was bigger! (And my kitchen, for that matter!)


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    Thanks a bunch!

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  11. Hi
    just bought a 1935 flat with preexisting 1950s kitchenette
    My creative mind is a whur and your ideas are adding to the mix
    Just wondering what the turqouise kitchen storage unit might be called or where I might look to get one (the one with the pull out handle & the nigella lawson book on top)

    1. Hi Sameenah,

      It's a vintage spice cabinet. I don't know where one can be found, but hopefully knowing what it is will help! Congrats on your new flat!



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