Vintage Kitchen Islands

Vintage kitchen islands come in a range of decorative options, including inventive do-it-yourself designs.
Vintage kitchen island design

Vintage kitchen island design

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
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These days it seems everything from fashion to back-to-school notebooks are being influenced by the decorative, ornate style associated with vintage designs – and the home is no exception. That's why when it comes to choosing a vintage kitchen island for your kitchen, the options are plentiful.

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Contemporary, Not Cold

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Today's Traditional Kitchen

Black, White & Warm All Over

Make Mine Modern

Stir Up Modern Style

Dual-Function Kitchen

Cool Country

If you are looking for an island with wood cabinetry, then you may want to consider painting it a pale color, then pairing it with a white or light wood countertop to give it a vintage look. Consider painting cabinets a pale yellow or blue, or use a whitewash to give the wood a weathered, antique look.

Other vintage kitchen islands use repurposed furniture pieces to create an island. Try painting an old dresser or desk before choosing a counter surface to turn it into an island. You might also purchase vintage-inspired knobs and handles from home design stores to give the island a finished look. Other creative designs have repurposed a drafting table or set of filing cabinets to create a vintage kitchen island.

If you are seeking seating at your kitchen island, then consider retro bar stools made from solid, bright-hued fabrics or a vintage-inspired pattern.

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