14 Ways to Decorate with Vintage Pieces in Your Bathroom

updated Jul 15, 2020
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Despite being small, bathrooms can be the trickiest to decorate. We find ourselves thinking wisely about every decision, since this room holds a captive audience. If you’re looking for a little country or vintage charm in your bathroom, try recycling or repurposing something you may already have. Here are 14 ways you can use vintage items to decorate your bathroom:

This look fits right in at a country house, cottage, or rustic space, but it also works if you just want to add touches of the past in a more modern home.


1. An old step ladder makes use of awkward, under-the-sink space to store towels and decor, as seen on Eclectically Vintage.

2 & 3. Try mixing and matching some vintage mirrors instead of buying a new one (seen in this Apartment Therapy House Tour) or display a collection of vintage frameless mirrors (featured in Heart Home Magazine).

4. Take a vintage chair and give it a whole new life as a shelf and towel rack, spotted on Curbly.

5. Vintage chairs in a modern bathroom add some character and are great for displaying towels, as seen on The Marion House Book.


6 & 7. Take a vintage dresser (featured on HGTV) or antique table (from Better Homes & Gardens) and turn them into bathroom vanities for some true “bathroom furniture.”

8. Vintage crates make for versatile storage as boxes or shelving, spotted on Real Simple.

9. These charming antique drawers are something you may come across at a flea market and not know what to use them for. They make great stylish storage to keep your bathroom essentials organized, as seen on HGTV.

10. Repurpose an old cabinet into towel and linen storage like this one featured on a past Apartment Therapy roundup.


11. An old suitcase is a charming way to store or display bathroom accessories for your guests, spotted on Country Living.

12. Vintage door knobs make great towel hooks. Use all the same, as seen on this example from Martha Stewart, or mix and match some flea market finds.

13. A vintage ladder is the perfect towel rack, and the best part for renters is that you can take it with you when you move. This example is from Better Homes & Gardens.

14. Repurpose some old shutters as doors to a medicine cabinet for some character, like this one featured on Better Homes & Gardens.