Vintage & Upcycled Kitchen Inspiration

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I know how much you all love some vintage and upcycled kitchen inspiration and today I am pulling together some of the kitchens we have featured on the blog, as well as a couple from my house and some others I have collected.

Sustainability in kitchen design is a very important thing and we have many choices now in materials including recycled and sustainable timbers and other materials. There are also plenty of companies such as Cantilever Kitchens here, who are creating beautiful and sustainable kitchens.

I will share some other options for materials to use in your kitchen and how to consider sustainability soon, but for today, take some inspiration. Enjoy. And always always just do what you love – be real, be yourself. Follow the “un-trends” of life and create the space you want. I have a tiny galley kitchen but dream of a big country kitchen with all the trimmings, or a totally retro, vintage style kitchen, complete with old cooker and retro fridge. At the end of the day I am happy. I have what I need and have created a functional space, well mostly functional, and have added my own touches and quirky elements.

What is your kitchen like and what would your dream kitchen be like?

xx

Helen

Country kitchen

Country style kitchen

pressed metal splashback

My kitchen – pressed metal splash back

My Galley Kitchen with a blend of old and new

My Galley Kitchen with a blend of old and new

upcycled crate

Our upcycled fish crate shelf

kitchen 1 (1 of 1)

vintage kitchen

Vintage Kitchen

Country Kitchen

Country Kitchen

retro kitchen

Amy’s retro kitchen

 

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Basils Brush Kitchen

Basils Brush Kitchen

Basils Brush

Basils Brush

Basils Brush

Basils Brush

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Contemporary with recycled materials

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  1. Libby Boyle on January 22, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Wow! I just went investigating Basil’s Brush. What an amazing place. We’re currently away from home and renting. My kitchen has modern bones but is filled with vintage bits and bobs. I’ve promised myself a retro Smeg fridge when this one decides its time is up. I feel at home surrounded by things that remind me of my childhood.

    • Helen Edwards on January 23, 2015 at 9:08 am

      we ran a whole post on them if you search in our site, it is a gorgeous place!

  2. Tania Scott on January 22, 2015 at 10:05 am

    This is,similar to my parents kitchen when we were growing up

    • Helen Edwards on September 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      How lovely, so nice to have memories like that

  3. Michelle Whitson on January 22, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Trudy Eichmann ☺

  4. Tayla Charles on January 22, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Pretty sure thats my house…… Eventually !!

  5. Gloria Hodgers on January 22, 2015 at 10:57 am

    This is a bit like ur grans kitchen in east Brisbane eh except she had a more modern fridge

  6. Deb Myors on January 22, 2015 at 11:23 am

    My Gran’s kitchen to it still looks warm and friendly she was the best cook

  7. Kylie Butler on January 22, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I have the same dining setting only in a black finish! Came with the in touched since 1954 house we bought!

  8. Mark Stace on January 22, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    How cool is this retro kitchen

  9. Sandra Reeves on January 22, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I have checkered floors ♥♥♥♥

  10. Recycled Interiors on January 22, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I love it Mark Stace

  11. Recycled Interiors on January 22, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I adore the 50’s design Tania Scott

  12. Recycled Interiors on January 22, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    how lovely Deb Myors

  13. Recycled Interiors on January 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    oh lucky duck! Kylie Butler

  14. Recycled Interiors on January 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    oh divine Jennifer Carr

  15. Tania Scott on January 22, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I love all things.50s Recycled Interiors…we had a dining setting very similar to this also….when mum passed I got to keep her 50s knick knacks and appliances…..love them dearly x

  16. Elaine Black on January 22, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Mm memories

  17. Ronhhda Potter on January 22, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Michelle Moretta

  18. Suzie Moss on January 22, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I’m interested in the pressed metal splashback featured in a blog photo. How easy is it to keep clean and shiny? It looks amazing.

  19. Anne Quatermass on January 22, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    LOVE this!

  20. Teresa Fowler-Osborn on January 22, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    This looks amazing

  21. Rachel Macreadie on January 22, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Oh to get my hands on a table setting like that!!

  22. Trish Farrell on January 22, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Love the retro kitchen

  23. Roz Jeffrey on January 22, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Carlie Barrott

  24. Carlie Barrott on January 22, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Love it U0001f60d

  25. Peter Axon on January 22, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Just beautiful, hey Pat Pat Wait, show Bevan,

  26. Em Khodar on January 22, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    My dream kitchen

  27. Carmel Opie on January 22, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Lovely

  28. Lauren Gillam on January 22, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Dec Dec Stoel

  29. Marianne Baker Curley on January 22, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    OMG this is my child hood kitchen

  30. Kylie Owen on January 22, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Luv this kitchen. .

  31. Roylene Robinson on January 22, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Rae Rae Steger

  32. Kelly Jenssen on January 22, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Anne Cox

  33. Brocante in the Barossa on January 22, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    We’ve made over three kitchens (in past 3 houses). The one we have now is the first that is not black and white (love black and white !). I thought of doing black and white, but the old stone house we renovated here asked for more subtle colours. So the kitchen is soft greys, with colour pops of red, pink, and some green. Its the biggest kitchen I have had, a real farmhouse style. The only thing we could not fit in was a separate pantry (butlers pantry was a dream, but not achievable with space we had). I love the kitchen island my husband Ian made the best, a custom creation of steel with industrial styling and a timber top.

  34. Brocante in the Barossa on January 22, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    I love the check board floor above (and do miss the one I had in the last kitchen we made over in Sydney, had always wanted one and loved seeing it every day !)

  35. Cassi Sheree on January 22, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Ooooo Marie Wilkens

  36. Brad Payne on January 22, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    That’s so good

  37. Brad Payne on January 22, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Is that a yellow radio in the corner??? Epic

  38. Anne Brignall on January 22, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Joyce Riches this was almost our kitchen when we lived in Liverpool!!!

  39. Brad Payne on January 22, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I wanted to buy a lil cottage in Culburra beach just for the kitchen and retro furniture it came with!!!! This is the kitchen

  40. Jacqueline Bisson on January 22, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Love it U0001f604U0001f618

  41. Chrissie Taylor on January 22, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Ryan N Mel Bartholomew

  42. Lianne Watts on January 22, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Gorgeous love it U0001f603

  43. Shell Be on January 22, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Megan 🙂

  44. Megan Griffiths on January 22, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Yeah, I’d love a kitchen like that! ❤❤

  45. Sharni Beck on January 23, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Susie Reynolds MissCherry-Bay xx

  46. Recycled Interiors on January 23, 2015 at 7:24 am

    so cool!! Brad Payne

  47. Recycled Interiors on January 23, 2015 at 7:25 am

    absolute perfection Brocante in the Barossa we must arrange that photo shoot and maybe it can be in my book as well as the blog!

  48. Recycled Interiors on January 23, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Hi Suzie Moss that is mine! It is easy, I just use gentle detergent or our organic counter spray and warm water or you could use a metal cleaner but I don’t find I need to. My hubby installed it, very simple:)

  49. Recycled Interiors on January 23, 2015 at 7:27 am

    oh so lucky and what a lovely memory of your Mum Tania Scott xx

  50. Suzie Moss on January 23, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Thankyou. It’s a beautiful splashback 🙂

  51. Recycled Interiors on January 23, 2015 at 7:31 am

    we love it and so many different patterns you can choose from 🙂

  52. CatePearce on January 23, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Love the kitchen shots. I pretty much have my dream kitchen (apart from a live in chef!) – recycled timber, pressed metal splash back, big butler’s sink, plate rack, open shelving, rustic handles, vintage stuff everywhere, cooker in the old fireplace….yep, just the chef that’s missing….

  53. Brocante in the Barossa on January 23, 2015 at 10:34 am

    would love to find a good time for this Helen, thanks much !

  54. Brocante in the Barossa on January 23, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I will send you before snaps if you like, the kitchen is such such an improvement over what we found when we bought this house !

  55. Recycled Interiors on January 23, 2015 at 11:11 am

    can you email me Kim and we will get it started off again!

  56. Recycled_Interiors on January 26, 2015 at 8:44 am

    CatePearce it sounds divine! I would love to see it!

  57. Recycled_Interiors on January 26, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Libby Boyle isn’t it divine!!!

  58. Jenny Mifsud on August 4, 2016 at 7:47 am

    This is my mums kitchen

  59. Graeme Polkinghorne on August 4, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Nearly the same one here Louie Michelle

  60. Emma Hill on September 20, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I love that wire light!!!!

  61. Kadi Pinkerton on September 20, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    So do I , id be hoseing it off though for dust & grime after a year , just saying what I’d do

    • Helen Edwards on September 21, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      yes that is probably true!!

  62. Jordan Fuller on September 20, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    This barbwire light shade is cool Steph Reid

    • Helen Edwards on September 21, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      isn’t it very cool!

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