Flea Market Style Ideas in the Kitchen


Vintage or old appliances give a kitchen an authentic retro look. Most old appliances can be re-wired electronically if necessary. Sometimes all that is needed is a fresh coat of paint to perk up old appliances. Many old appliances can be picked up for cheap at flea markets and old salvage yards. Even if they cannot actually function, vintage appliances can be used for storage and display as well.


Printed dishtowels, tablecoths, and aprons with cheery floral patterns are often featured in retro style kitchens. You should have no trouble finding some of these old linens at flea markets or garage sales. Old lace doilies are also decorative and can be used to protect countertops from pot burns or provide a coaster for drinks and potted plants. Oil cloth is another popular addition when it comes to create a flea market style kitchen. Look for bold pattern and bright colors.


Old recipe pamphlets make great casual artwork, and can often be found for pennies at flea markets. Old feed sacks can also be used as impromptu artwork. Frame items for a more formal look. Look for old, vintage signs from diners, gas stations and drug stores to add color and character.


Look for vintage braided rugs to add color and cushion underneath your feet on a kitchen floor. Old Oriental rugs also provide a colorful backdrop. Depending on their condition, rugs can be bought quite inexpensively.


Use mis-matched chairs and an old wooden round table for casual kitchen dining. Paint all the chairs and table the same color for a unified look. Old armoires or jelly cupboards provide inexpensive storage options, as well as vintage Hoosier cabinets. Even old bookcases can be painted a bright color and added to the kitchen for a flea market look.

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