Enamelware Decorating Ideas
Start a collection or pull out your stash and get busy with these Enamelware Decorating Ideas!
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.
Everything I bought totaled maybe $5.00 but my favorite piece is a total freebie.
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!
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
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?
Everything in the display is either vintage...or cheap.
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*
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Love your cute grouping! I love enamelware too, it's so reminiscent of a simpler time!
Thanks so much, Cindy, and I agree about simpler times. The white with black would go so well in your beautiful home.
I love enamelware and have several pieces, but can never quite get them together in a way that looks good. Now I have some great inspiration! Thank you! 🙂
Thank you so much, Michelle! I appreciate your sweetness. xo
That is so cute and charming and summery feeling. So glad you found all your pieces and put them together to enjoy and share with us. Hope you find the missing one.
Thank you, sweet friend! I didn't find the missing one yet but I did find two more I totally forgot about! 😉
Mary Beth-- I love how you've displayed your enamelware! So pretty and vintage. My mother-in-law collects enamelware...I know she'll love this! What a fun, summery display.
Thank you so much, Kristi! After I took the photos I realized I left a few pieces out...which probably means I have too many. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂
Love your enamel ware!! Great pieces!! I have a few vintage pieces myself so thank you for the inspiration on how to display them!
Thank you so much, Deb! I would love to see your collection. If you share it, please let me know. Hugs back at you!
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. 🙂
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.
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
Thank you so much, Vanessa, and happy summer to you as well!!! xoxo
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!
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. 🙂
I love enamel ware. I have none!
Thank you, Miss Bliss, and I think you need to start your own collection. I'm sure it would be awesome.