In this post, I share some antiques and vintage-inspired decor pieces that never get old.
They are the foundational pieces that I turn to over and over again.
The 14 vintage decor pieces listed are examples of multifunctional decor with a Victorian Farmhouse flair.
But no matter your style, these will give you an idea of useful decor workhorses you’ll use over again.
My goal is to:
- Show you what pieces to look for.
- An example of the many ways they can be styled.
- How versatile they can be in any room.
#1 – Fireplace mantle
I found this fireplace mantle at a second-hand store for $40.
On the way home, after purchasing it, it shattered into pieces.
My husband glued it back together and made it stronger than before.
It originally was a dark mahogany, and I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in the color ‘Old White.’
Here is a tutorial sharing the same paint technique.
Styling this piece throughout the seasons has brought a vintage element with a statement.
That is what you are looking for.
You want a piece that is large and has a wow factor.
It takes a room to a whole new level and will be the one piece you grab time and again.
As seen in the photos above, it’s been placed:
- On top of a TV armoire
- On consoles
- On a bench
Unfortunately, this piece completely broke recently and wasn’t fixable.
I kept the top piece and display it proudly in my dining room.
But I wanted to share this beautiful piece because it was a big part of creating a Victorian Farmhouse-styled home.
It’s one of my decor pieces that never gets old.
#2 – Pillar Candle Holders
One of those unexpected moments at Goodwill was when I found these dark wood candle holders.
They have that vintage vibe with the Victorian ornate look.
They were under $5 each. What a deal!
Here is a video sharing these and many other thrift store finds.
When looking for candle holders, you are looking for the right color.
Do you decorate with dark or light wood?
Is your color scheme grey, white, or green, for example?
Incorporating pillar candles within your color palette elevates your space.
They are large and have an understated presence.
Similar ones like in the photos above are easily found at thrift stores, Home Goods, Target, Walmart, or Amazon.
Here is a link to some farmhouse-styled candle holders on Amazon.
#3 – Chippy White Candlesticks
When we moved into our home, these candlesticks were my first purchase.
They have that rustic farmhouse style.
They’ve been placed:
- On our dining room table.
- On top of our fireplace in our fireside room.
- On the counter in our kitchen.
This is an example of workhorse pieces used multiple times and never gets old.
#4 – White Frame
To be honest, these photos do not do this white frame justice.
It has beveled edges with ornate corners.
I acquired this frame for free.
It has been used over and over again as I’ve decorated throughout the seasons.
A 16×20 frame is perfect for adding a statement to your wall.
Below is another 16×20 frame.
#5 – Raw Wood and Gold Trim Frame
Up close, this frame is purely rustic with a chipped gold frame insert.
The Rustic Victorian style is gorgeous!
I found this at Goodwill!
Here is a video sharing this find and many others.
This is an example of what to look for.
For the Victorian Farmhouse style you want:
- rustic bare wood
- chippy white paint
- elegant ornate gold
- vintage or antique-inspired
- heavy black or bronze iron
And this frame had many of these elements, which was a score!
#6 – White Ironstone Dishes
The ironstone pieces in the photos above are workhorses in my kitchen.
The Johnson Brothers Heritage White creamer and sugar bowl are scrumptious.
They add a vintage style to my kitchen.
This is what you are looking for when you want to add multiple-use ironstone pieces.
- antique style
- white or color that matches your home
- no chips and in excellent condition (when used for food)
I found these pieces and the antique white Red Cliff Tureen (I put honey in it) from Etsy.
They were an investment and cost between $40 to $65.
#7 – Flow Blue Teacup, Saucer, and White Milk Glass Pedestal Bowl
Talk about a workhorse!
It’s been placed in the dishwasher weekly and has held up beautifully.
The muted flow blue color of the teacup and saucer is unique and absolutely stunning!
When looking for a teacup and saucer, I wanted a set that was bigger than the pretty, dainty ones that are easily found.
And since it was going to be something used constantly, I looked for a thick teacup and saucer set that had some weight to it.
It took some time, but I found it!
It has proven to work wonderfully and sits next to my kitchen sink, where I can grab the wood and metal scrubbers when needed.
What to look for:
- Large and stout teacup to fit a scrubber and matching saucer.
- White milk glass with pedestal (making sure the pedestal fits the teacup indent of the saucer).
#8 – Flow Blue Dishes
Somehow, there is always a place to add flow blue dishes.
- On the wall
- On a plate shelf
- In the kitchen
- On a table
Whether you love Flow Blue or not.
This is an example of what you can add to your home that will stand the test of time.
Find a color and design you love and collect them over time.
Some of my dishes came from Goodwill.
But there have been instances when I invested in a gem.
Like this teapot.
For someone who loves to thrift, this was a splurge.
It normally goes for $120 -$200 in mint condition.
This one has a hairline fracture, which means it’s not usable, and it was selling on eBay for $85.
So I bought it!
Once I received it in the mail, I opened the box and looked the piece over.
The hairline fracture was underneath and not noticeable.
Isn’t it gorgeous?
#9 – Green French Chairs
These chairs have recently moved from our living room to our fireside room.
I found these on Craigslist for $50 for both.
They were originally listed for over $200.
So, when they were reduced, I snatched them up.
They started out a blue color. I will link that video here to see the before.
I love the design of the arms and how cozy they feel when sitting in them.
They are a great addition for added seating when having company.
Another from the list of vintage decor pieces.
A definite workhorse for our home.
#10 – Antique Dresser
Look at this dresser!
Is it yummy or what? Link to the story of how I found it here.
Every season I am delighted to decorate this piece.
But what makes this useful is how much linen I can hold inside.
I have tablecloths, linen napkins, napkin rings, runners, and name tags inside the drawers, and I find it so handy to decorate our dining room.
This is an example of a multipurpose piece.
It is beautiful and adds that wow factor to my dining room.
But it serves as a way to organize my linens.
#11 – Antique Sofa
When you find the perfect piece of furniture that fits all the criteria, it is a good day!
It started out looking quite different.
Here is the video showing the before.
I have styled this sofa throughout the seasons.
But the best part is the cushion.
It’s firm and makes for a great place to take a nap.
What you’re looking for in an antique sofa:
- Excellent fabric (no holes, rips, or tears)
- Sturdy legs (steer away from wobbly or broken legs)
- Can it be painted? Is the fabric smooth?
Here is a tutorial on how to paint an antique sofa.
By painting the sofa, I achieved the rustic Victorian look I love.
If I can paint a sofa, anyone can.
#12 – White Chippy End Table
Now, this white chippy end table is not vintage.
I found it on Amazon here.
The light wood is a contrast to the mahogany wood.
This makes for a perfect combination when combining the Victorian and Farmhouse styles.
The scrolled legs are unique and add to the design of the tabletop.
It screams farmhouse!
But what I love so much about this piece is that it can be decorated repeatedly with different looks.
The tabletop is pretty big for an end table and allows for drinks to be placed in the corners while still having room for some flowers.
That’s why I added this to the list of vintage decor pieces.
It’s a workhorse in our home.
#13 – Mahogany End Table
I found this end table on Amazon.
It is on sale right now for $41.00. The photo below is a link.
The design of this table has a vintage look.
It’s small and understated.
But the table top has enough space for a lamp and a cup of coffee.
It’s been placed beside a chair or a sofa.
It is a versatile, vintage-inspired piece I grab repeatedly when decorating.
It’s a perfect addition to the list of vintage decor pieces.
#14 – White Pitchers
When decorating after Christmas, I placed these white pitchers in the center of my dining table a few years ago.
Video of that makeover here.
There is something refreshing about white pitchers stuffed with exquisite flowers that is so vintage!
But even styled on their own with nothing but their beautiful selves is understated.
I have learned that not all white pitchers have a vintage look.
Here are some criteria when looking:
- Antique ironstone
- medium to large for impact
- Rounded with a curved lip
- Plain for farmhouse style
- Ornate for Victorian-style
I have found all of the pitchers in the photos above from Goodwill.
The prices were between $2.99 to $5.00.
Yes, I still can’t believe it!
These 14 vintage decor pieces that never get old are just an example of things that get used over and over again.
Getting foundational vintage decor pieces that are multifunctional is the basics for home decorating.
They will be what you grab over again to create the vintage look you love.
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