Vintage home decor is at the top of trends at the moment. In fact, it has been for quite some time. But why is it so popular? If you have a Pinterest addiction like us, this will likely be the root of the obsession. We can scroll for hours through an infinite stream of vintage DIY projects, like creating hanging flower vases from old milk bottles and glueing wallpaper samples onto stairs. These ideas are out there – but familiar. They capture your attention, get your imagination going, and make you think “I could do that.” What makes vintage decor so attractive to people is that it is achievable. You can create your own beautiful home decor.
Versatility is the heart of vintage home decor. The term ‘vintage’ encompasses so many eras in time that you aren’t restricted to certain colours, patterns and styles. It denotes something from the past. Vintage decor is not one particular style, but an umbrella term to describe many looks. There’s the rustic ‘worn’ look, the ‘shabby chic’ aesthetic, and the ‘farmhouse’ style vibe. You can even create a contemporary/vintage fusion with a minimalist interior that’s decorated sparsely with upcycled palette tables and twine-wrapped recycled plant pots.
What makes DIY vintage home decor so appealing is that there’s no wrong way to do it. You can take an old piece of furniture, scraps of a material and excess packaging, and reuse them to your advantage. Projects can be simple or require specialist techniques. It’s a lot of fun to repurpose something run down into a practical and pretty decoration for your home. And the best part? Transforming your home with vintage decor doesn’t have to break the bank. You can build yourself unique decor that’s brimming with nostalgia – no matter your craft abilities.
One of the greatest home decor trends at the moment is distressed furniture. It looks aged and worn, but not tattered or in poor condition. It has the vintage aesthetic without the unreliability. It’s the epitome of a ‘vintage look’. So it’s no wonder that it’s incredibly desirable.
Creating distressed vintage decor isn’t at all difficult. First of all, you need to select a piece of furniture that you’d like to give a distressed look. This could be an old trunk, sideboard or desk laying around the house that needs a new lease of life. Or, you could run out to a car boot sale or a charity shop to see what bargain you can pick up there. Next, you’ll need Martha Stewart’s Vintage Decor Decorative Paint Kit. This is the ideal collection of materials for home decor newbies. It contains two pots of matte chalk finish paints, a tub of clear wax, a specialist paintbrush, and 4 ornamental trellis stencils to create a geometric design.
To create the distressed effect, begin by layering on your base colour. Once dry (it’ll take about two hours), paint the topcoat colour over it and leave it to dry for a further two hours. When the topcoat is dry, lightly sand it using 200 grit sandpaper to create the distressed effect. You can sand it as much or as little as you’d like; it depends on the level of distress you want. Use the stencils with the basecoat paint colour to create a geometric design on the furniture (if desired), then leave it to dry. Finally, apply the wax to protect your finished piece.
Decoupage is inexpensive and easy to achieve great results. You can quickly transform a plain serving tray, table or dresser into a piece of art. Floral designs are especially trendy in decoupage; the finished effect almost looks like the flowers have been painted on.
If you’d like to decoupage your home decor, you only need a few basic materials to get started. Firstly, you need decoupage papers. These can be practically anything – wallpaper, comic books, or patterned papers – but we recommend using specialist decoupage papers. This is because they’re specially designed to apply quickly, easily and smoothly to surfaces. They’re the ideal weight for the craft. You’ll also need decoupage glue, scissors or a craft knife, and a cloth or sponge. We recommend using Mod Podge to stick down your decoupage papers; it’s specifically formulated for decoupage and also seals and varnishes your project.
Decoupaging is pretty simple. Firstly, you need to make sure your object is free from dust. If you’re decoupaging a wooden item, it could be worth sanding down the surface. You may also need to prime certain materials to help the papers adhere. Next, cut up or tear your papers into different shapes. Arrange these cut-outs onto your object, then take a photo of the arrangement. Referencing the photo, glue down the paper cut-outs onto the object. Once the glue has dried, seal and varnish your decoupaged object several times for a durable finish. You may need to sand a wooden object between layers to create a lacquered finish.
Once you’ve finished distressing or decoupaging your home decor, you’ll need little accents to finish them off. Crochet coasters are fun, bright and completely adorable. They add a splash of colour to neutral rooms and minimalist interiors, offering that tiny ray of sunshine.
Because these coasters are crocheted, they tie in with the vintage aesthetic beautifully. Plus, they aren’t overly difficult to create. To make your own colourful crochet coasters, you’ll need a 5mm crochet hook, worsted weight yarn in cream, yellow, orange, blue and green, and scissors to snip the threads. It’s as simple as that. To make coasters, you’ll need to work in rounds. This means that you stitch around in a spiral, instead of in rows, rotating as you go. Here’s a simple crochet pattern that describes which stitch patterns you’ll need to perform.
Colourful Crochet Coasters Pattern
Begin stitching in orange, yellow, blue or green yarn. Create an adjustable loop.
Rnd 1: Ch 4, 10 dc in first ch and sl st into top of first dc (10 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each around (20 sts)
Rnd 3: Ch 3, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next, rep (30 sts)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in st, 1 sc in next 2 sts, rep (40 sts)
Rnd 5: Ch 3, 2 sc in st, 1 sc in next 3 st, rep (50 sts)
Fasten off the yarn again and tidy up the ends (sewing if necessary).
If you’re a first-time crocheter and need a little more guidance, we’ve written a Beginner’s Guide to Crochet just for you. It teaches you how to read crochet patterns, explains yarn weights and crochet hook sizes, and takes you step-by-step through basic crochet stitches.