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Enamelware Decorating Ideas

Start a collection or pull out your stash and get busy with these Enamelware Decorating Ideas!

Enamelware Decorating Ideas

Enamelware bowls with lids and an enamelware refrigerator drawer - enamelware decorating ideas

Over the years I’ve picked up a few enamelware items from the thrift store. I didn’t even realize I had a collection, albeit a small one, until recently when I was doing a purge. The enamelware remained safe and avoided being a victim of the purge but once I gathered the few pieces I have, I thought they deserved better than being tucked away in a cabinet so I put them together in a mini display and wanted to share some enamelware decorating ideas and inspiration with you.

Enamelware bowls with lids and an enamelware refrigerator drawer - enamelware decorating ideas

Everything I bought totaled maybe $5.00 but my favorite piece is a total freebie.

Enamelware bowls with lids and an enamelware refrigerator drawer - enamelware decorating ideas

The tall one standing up is a vintage enamelware refrigerator drawer. I actually have another one in my craft room that’s holding greeting cards. The drawers were from my Grandma’s refrigerator (or some other relative) and my sister had them in her garage for years but she knows me well and sent them over to my house about a year ago….I was thrilled to get them!

Enamelware bowls with lids and an enamelware refrigerator drawer - enamelware decorating ideas

These drawers are beast…as in, HEAVY. Oh, how I wish refrigerators were still made with enamelware drawers.  The refrigerator I have now has plastic drawers…really…plastic???? And, each and every drawer has cracked or broken in some way. Sort of ridiculous but I guess that’s the difference between now and the 1950’s!

Grouping for Impact

Enamelware bowls with lids and an enamelware refrigerator drawer - enamelware decorating ideas

One thing I’ve learned over the years with all of my decorating changes and updates is that it’s best to group similar pieces OR have just one of something so that it stands out….I am a groupie 😉 and that’s the way I like to display my items…especially vintage ones.

I really like the white with black enamelware but the red one makes me swoon! I imagine it as part of a red checked picnic display…maybe I’ll work on hunting and gathering more of the white with red.  What do you think?

Enamelware bowls with lids and an enamelware refrigerator drawer - enamelware decorating ideas

Everything in the display is either vintage…or cheap.

The scale…vintage….

The shutter….vintage…..

The drawers and enamelware….vintage…

The rest…just plain cheap.

Oh, and after I took these photos, I remembered another one of my favorite enamelware pieces. It’s an oblong container with a lid (like this one) …small and so cute. I’m not sure where it is right now but, since I know it’s “missing in action” I now must find it. *sigh*

Thank you so much for stopping by and be sure to find more Thrifty Inspiration from the wonderful gals below!

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Bliss

Friday 15th of June 2018

I love enamel ware. I have none!

Mary Beth

Sunday 17th of June 2018

Thank you, Miss Bliss, and I think you need to start your own collection. I'm sure it would be awesome.

Meegan Fast

Friday 15th of June 2018

Oh my goodness. Can you imagine if the refrigerators still had enamelware drawers? My condo would be filled to the tippy top with refrigerator drawers :) You have a great eye for vintage pieces and it gives me so many ideas! Thanks Mary Beth!

Mary Beth

Sunday 17th of June 2018

Thank you so much, Meegan, and yes to the enamelware drawers. I think I may start collecting them but I honestly don't recall having ever seen any. We'll have to peel our eyes for them. :)

Vanessa

Thursday 14th of June 2018

What a pretty collection Mary Beth and I love the vignette you created! It all looks so fresh and pretty. Happy summer to you friend! xoxo

Mary Beth

Sunday 17th of June 2018

Thank you so much, Vanessa, and happy summer to you as well!!! xoxo

Kristi

Thursday 14th of June 2018

I love your enamelware collection Mary Beth, and the pretty way you displayed it. I've had a few pieces but didn't have room to store them so I sent them back out into the world so someone else could enjoy them. They definitely should be displayed. :)

Mary Beth

Sunday 17th of June 2018

Thank you, Krisi, and I totally understand about sending things back out into the world. I have been narrowing down a lot of my collections lately and while I miss some of my "stuff" I feel so much lighter - sounds sort of strange but too much and clutter make me feel less creative.

Debbie-Dabble

Wednesday 13th of June 2018

Love your enamel ware!! Great pieces!! I have a few vintage pieces myself so thank you for the inspiration on how to display them! Hugs, Deb

Mary Beth

Wednesday 13th of June 2018

Thank you so much, Deb! I would love to see your collection. If you share it, please let me know. Hugs back at you!