Functional Vintage Adornments for the Home

Functional Vintage Adornments for the Home

Molly Anderson
Sep 17, 2010

If you have the desire to collect and an eye for vintage style, here are a few options for creating functional collections that will add character and charm to your space. By swapping out a few simple items for well crafted antique originals you can add the kind of detail that will make people take notice.

Door knobs - Like this Antique Public School New York City Door Knob Set on Etsy
Outlet covers and switch plates - Like this Vintage Ornate Edge Metal Switch/Outlet Plate Cover on Ebay
Heating vent covers - Like this Vintage 1900's ART DECO Cast Iron Heat Register Vent on Ebay
Light fixtures - Like this Art Deco Square Glass Ceiling Fixture Soft Pink on Etsy
Drawer pulls - Like this Set of FOUR Vintage Deco Green and Chrome Stripe Drawer Pulls on Etsy
Wall mount soap dishes - Like this Gorgeous Antique Metal Soap Dish on Etsy
Lamps - Like this Vintage Industrial Lamp on Etsy
Cabinet knobs - Like this Eclectic Set of 7 Floral and Brass Vintage Knobs on Etsy

These vintage hardware and fixtures can most likely be found in your area. Sometimes the Habitat for Humanity ReStores have a special area set aside for antique finds. Here in Portland we are lucky to have such gems as Hippo Hardware and The ReBuiding Center that specialize in antique home goods. A quick Etsy or Ebay search will give you more options than you'll know what do with. What practical antique items have you used in your home?

Images: Strictly Vintage, amexasia, Ole's Antique Trading Company, Auction Carolina, The Rusty Pig, Uptown Vintage, Ethanollie, Nic Nak's Vintage

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