Create a Colorful Vintage-Style Kitchen
A vibrant palette and a mix of period accents invigorate this welcoming space. Here's how to put together a similar setup in your home
Even in an otherwise well-preserved period house, the kitchen tends to borrow from various historical eras. So when it came time for interior designer Candra Scott to give the blandly "updated" cook space in her 1904 San Francisco home an acquired-over-time feeling, she combined Victorian-era accents with hard-working details from the 1920s and '30s. Butter-yellow walls highlight glass-front cabinets with red trim (Scott's own design), while a cheerful checkerboard floor and vintage linoleum rug mix with lots of character-filled flea-market finds. Scoured stainless steel approximates the warm look of an old-time zinc countertop.
Like what you see? Here are some ways to create a similarly eclectic look in your house.
Glass panels, a nickel-finish latch, and exposed hinges give this custom cabinet from Crown Point its turn-of-the-century charm.
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Replicate this detail on any cabinet by using ½-inch hardwood strips. Create a jig from plywood scrap and blocks; size it to the glass front. Cut trim pieces to length and fit together. Assemble with wood glue into a single unit, then hot-glue it to glass panel.
To mimic the look of the flea-market find at left, we coated this wood step stool with the designer's color-scheme picks: Benjamin Moore's Atrium White and Strawberry Red.
Oak stool, about $144; DutchCrafters
With their graceful shapes and pastel glazes, these vintage McCoy vessels are as decorative as they are functional.
Buy similar ones at auction online, starting at about $40 each; eBay