Decorating With Vintage Finds

by Karianne WoodJuly 4, 2016

One of the most asked questions I get on the blog is how to add character to a new house. Owning a new house is wonderful. There are new floors and new windows and new doors and a new roof. The challenge? Taking a new house and creating the feel of a house that has been lived in for many years can be a little overwhelming.

No worries. Sometimes it’s easier than it looks. All you need to do is to introduce a little vintage into your space. Here’s a few ideas and suggestions for decorating with vintage finds.

Vintage furniture

One of the best places to start when decorating with vintage finds is to add furniture. This bed, for example, was rescued from the side of the road. A coat of paint and a little wood filler was all it took to make it showroom ready.

Vintage furniture is also affordable, too. You can mix in beautiful antique pieces with junk store finds. It’s also fun to add painted furniture and wood stained furniture into any space. It makes the room feel like you’ve collected the pieces through the years and decorated with them one at a time.


When you have no idea where to begin with vintage items, why not start a collection? White dishes like these are one of the easiest items to find at yard sales, estate sales, and thrift stores. And most pieces are extremely affordable.

You could collect plates or platters or vases or cake stands. The key is to find what you use every day and then use that as a springboard for starting your collection. Here, the whiteware collection is displayed on a vintage hutch, but white dishes work well on a sideboard, bookshelf or table top.

Think Outside the Box

Sometimes some of the most creative ideas for decorating with vintage finds come from thinking outside the box.

The giant, over-sized chalkboard on the wall in the background came from looking at a window in a new light. The window was rescued from the side of the road and fitted with plywood backing painted with chalkboard paint. The result? A giant over-sized family organizer.

Why not think outside the box and use crates as side tables or baskets as organizers. You could also transform a bookshelf into a hutch! The possibilities are endless once you look at vintage finds with a new perspective.

Transform a Vintage Find

One of the simplest ways to decorate with vintage finds is to transform a piece to fit the needs of your living space.

For example, this simple coffee table was once a large dining table. It was too big for the space, so by removing the top, cutting down the legs and reattaching the top to the new smaller base, a coffee table emerged. It’s perfect for the space and adds a one-of-a-kind personality to the room.

Create character and warmth in a space with vintage finds. It’s as easy as thinking outside the box, starting a collection and adding vintage furniture. And the best part? Your new house will feel like it’s been a home forever. is the place to dream and discover your ideal home! Are you starting to get the itch to look for your first or next home, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Browse our real estate and lifestyle blog for home buying tips, mortgage guides, DIY ideas, interior design, lifestyle topics, general home inspiration, or just some homes fun. We are sure you can scratch that itch and find all the information and tools you need to help in your home search. Want to start looking at available real estate right now? Head to our home page and check out homes for sale or rent listings all over the country.

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About The Author
Karianne Wood
KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm, from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like.