Period-Style Products to Suit Any Budget
We found 13 classic details for your home that won't break the bank
Sure, there's something to be said for splurging on marble mosaic tile or a handblown sconce shade. But nailing a vintage look doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. To prove the point, we turned to our favorite big-box retailers, online megastores, and renovators' catalogs for low-cost look-alikes of pricey reproduction fixtures and finishes. The result? The wallet-friendly finds here and on the following pages, from a pedestal sink full of period charm to prefab wainscoting that delivers a paneled look in no time.
by Barclay Products
With its 18½-inch-wide basin and integral backsplash, this vitreous china pedestal is a perfect fit for
the smallest of baths.
About $160, vandykes.com.
Seeded glass and a weathered-bronze finish make this fixture a natural for the walls of a porch. But it could be equally striking inside, flanking a foyer mirror or over a powder-room vanity.
About $31, homedepot.com.
by Allen + Roth
Inspired by 19th-century designs and given an antiqued-brass or brushed-nickel finish, these steel covers dress up forced-air vents. You could also line them with speaker fabric to hide audio outlets.
About $12-$19, lowes.com.
Katie's Light House
Hang this hand-pierced double “witch's hat” design for a rustic touch over a kitchen or dining table. It can be configured for electric or wax candles.
About $165, countrylivingprimitives.com.
by World Market
Refresh a dresser or built-inwith these jewel-like clear or colored glass pulls that have iron detailing with an antiqued-brass finish.
About $5 each, worldmarket.com for stores.
by Baths From the Past
This solid-brass, chrome-finished faucet captures the fanciest of Victorian profiles, down to the porcelain cross-handles.
About $225, bathsfromthepast.com.
by Dynasty Hardware
Modeled after overhead luggage racks, this double-decker storage shelf and towel bar keeps stacks of bath linens at the ready. Its polished-chrome finish covers a zinc-alloy base.
About $50, homehardwareexpo.com.
by Graham & Brown
These swirling large-scale florals, first popular in the 18th century, look fresh again. Try this matte-finish nonwoven paper in a foyer, dining room, or study. A special backing cuts the time needed to hang it (and strip it) in half.
About $50, grahambrown.com/us.
by Millennium Lighting
Go for task lighting with an early-20th-century look: Hang this chrome-finished steel fixture over a kitchen sink or use a group of three over an island.
About $70, bellacor.com.
by Acorn Manufacturing Co.
Refresh a brick-front Colonial or a clapboard-sided cottage with forged-iron, black-finish digits that have a hammered look.
About $3 each, thebuilderssupply.com.
by Elite Trimworks
Transform a drywalled dining or living room in hours with primed, precut medium-density fiber-board stiles and rails, and poplar cap and shoe molding. Unify the wall "panels" and frames with semigloss paint.
About $4 per square foot, elitetrimworks.com.
Larger versions of these once held up wall-mount sinks. Use the scaled-down painted-brass brackets shown here to support a shelf for books or pottery pieces.
About $24 each, anthropologie.com.