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

Industrial modern designed kitchen island with oval sink and two large drawers for storage.

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

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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Past and Future Now

This transitional kitchen combines warm wood cabinets with the simplicity of subway-tile-covered walls, understated Roman shades and minimal accessories. Stainless choices, industrial pendants and a muted geometric rug are more marriages between contemporary and traditional that define this design approach.

Gray and White Done Right

Traditional white raised-panel cabinets get a contemporary accent in the gray flooring, countertop and wall color choice in this transitional kitchen. Touches of black in the traditional pendant lighting and the contemporary island stools ground the scheme firmly in this comfortable and classy style.

Contemporary, Not Cold

This contemporary kitchen dominated by bright-white cabinetry and flooring is sleek, clean and anything but sterile. Watery blue touches in the backsplash and the frosted-glass-front cabinets, along with a bright green vase and woven dining chairs add punches of color without taking away from the overall look.

Contemporary Kitchen Choices

A thorough lighting plan that highlights the wood cabinetry along the top, counter and floor makes this windowless kitchen functional. It also balances the shiny stainless appliances. A striking striped rug is the only shot of color.

Today's Traditional Kitchen

Lots of rich, dark cabinetry is a feast for the eyes in this kitchen and adjoining dining room. It's cleverly balanced with large areas of white while the stainless choices sprinkled throughout keep it all current.

Black, White & Warm All Over

Classic colors, pewter hardware, generous crown molding and gauzy window treatments are all signatures of traditional style. This kitchen's wooden floor and cotton scatter rug ground the room and are durable choices that keep up with the hardworking, calm space.

Make Mine Modern

Plants and cooking essentials are the only decorations in this modern kitchen, yet it's interesting and perfectly reflects the homeowner's personal style. Black leather bar chairs and a matching couch bring out the track lighting and stainless appliance accents. Ceiling-height cabinetry with sleek pulls provides plenty of storage and enhances the space's minimal aesthetic.

Stir Up Modern Style

What would you do with all that streamlined storage space? This modern kitchen keeps anything not tucked away organized and within reach on polished surfaces, shelves and racks. A neutral palette allows any cook's creations to take center stage.

Dual-Function Kitchen

This country kitchen was designed for cooking and eating. A wooden table, painted chairs and glass-front cabinets displaying white dishes cover the dining needs. Essential kitchen elements like the unique take on beadboard cabinets, braided scatter rugs, a large farmhouse sink, the white-washed hardwood floor plus a liberal use of black all combine into one welcoming room.

Cool Country

Country kitchens get the job done and this one does it stylishly. The elements — painted paneling, beadboard cabinets, a butcher-block island countertop, open shelving, a simple striped valance, a resourceful cookbook nook and mouth-blown glass pendant lights — come together to create a design that looks as great as it works.

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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