Monday, July 16, 2012

Five Vintage Kitchen Accessories That Add Function As Well As Style

Since moving into my new old home a few years ago, completing the look of my vintage themed kitchen proved to be a struggle. I wanted a clean look with a few accent pieces that looked like they had purpose, rather than merely adding decorative clutter. The kitchen, after all, is the most functional space in the home and I wanted to accent this space with items that reflected this. Early in my search I found just the vintage kitchen accents that fit my requirement; unfortunately most were too expensive or difficult to find in the United States. Years have passed and as fate should have it many of the five kitchen accessories are now available here in the United States at reasonable prices through Shop 4 Classics.

Vintage Cast Iron Egg Spiral Stand
Available in black and white, this vintage egg spiral stand can be used as originally intended to hold hard boiled eggs as they cool or can be used to display decorative eggs as a purely attractive accent piece. Unlike other egg spirals on the market, this egg spiral stand is created from heavy cast iron and features a traditional design complementary to French country, vintage country and other traditional kitchen themes.

Long before the invention of the juicer, the hand-turned fruit press was used when a recipe or drink called for fresh fruit juice. This vintage cast iron fruit press not only extracts juice with a few twists of its handle it also adds an eye-catching conversation piece to your kitchen gathering space.

This decorative oak tree themed cook book stand features weighted bookmarks that hold pages open. It is constructed of heavy cast iron and at 11” tall is large enough to hold open even larger cookbooks in place or it can be used simply to display the antique family recipe book that has been passed down for generations.

Cast Iron Pig with Piglets Keyholder
Add a little country charm with this decorative pig nursing her piglets keyholder. This cast iron keyholder is perfect for keeping those elusive sets of keys in plain view but it can also be used for purely decorative purpose like displaying a collection of vintage skeleton keys.

Cast Iron Trivets
Cast iron trivets are designed to provide a safe place to rest hot pots so that they will not damage kitchen counter tops or dinner tables. However, cast iron trivets with ornate or novel designs are commonly hung on walls as vintage accent pieces.

It may be the dog-days of summer but the holiday season fast approaches and in years past our vintage kitchen accessories were such popular gift items that they were difficult to keep in stock during the months leading up to Christmas. Therefore, we recommend shopping early for these items to avoid potential backorders.

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