Decorating for Spring with Vintage or Salvaged Finds

Today, we’re sharing tips and tricks for decorating for spring with vintage or salvaged finds!

Over the past few years, it’s been so much fun to shop for vintage and salvaged finds. Each time I hit the treasure trail I really never know what I’m going to find which makes it that much more exciting.

Sometimes, I’ll come home with exactly what I’m looking for and other times I’ll come home empty handed.

Spring is a great time to shop antique malls, estate sales, charity shops and Spring festivals for those unique items that speak to your heart and captivate the spirit of your home.

Here’s a quick look at decorating for spring with vintage and salvage finds:

Layer Old Windows or Frames

Using old windows and frames on gallery walls, picture ledges, mantels, dressers, small buffets and console tables is a really easy way to decorate for spring with vintage and salvaged finds.

Most of the time window and frames will also be painted white or in neutral colors which makes using them around the house in any season, easy peasy.

Stack Up Collected Pieces of Ironstone

There is something about seeing a collection of ironstone that makes me swoon. It’s not always easy to find in this area so when I see a piece I love; I scoop it up!

Ironstone is another decorating item that is so utilitarian, it fits in seamlessly with a myriad of styles from farmhouse to cottage to French country and even traditional.

Discover a New Vintage China Pattern

Vintage china will always be a fabulous complement for your spring tablescapes both inside and out because they can easily be mixed and matched.

If you’re short on storage space but like to change up your tablescapes seasonally, consider buying white dinner plates then layering your place settings with vintage dessert or salad plates.

Not only are they smaller, they’re also less expensive too.

Display Your Favorite Baskets and Woven Accents 

If you’ve followed us for any length of time you know our love of baskets runs deep.

in fact, they’re one of the first things I look for in the thrift store!

We use baskets all over the house for everything from keeping the pantry organized to decorating the tops of the kitchen cabinets, baskets and woven accents are an easy way to add texture to your home.

Consider Painting Furniture in a Spring Color

Painted furniture is one of those things you either like or hate.  I personally like it because I think it easily adds interest to any room.  Not only that it’s truly one of THE most budget friendly ways to dress up a piece of furniture.

Back when I was running an antique booth, one of the most popular colors was Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg.

It’s definitely one of those versatile colors that can easily be used in a beach house, a farmhouse or in a home that is cottage inspired.

Use Spring Inspired Linens

Consider using vintage linens in fresh ways this spring from tablescapes to rag wreaths to bunting, to drawer sachets, pillows and napkins.  You can even frame squares of your most treasured fabric!

True antique and vintage linens are not always easy to find and sometimes when you do, they’re not in great shape.  Don’t let that stop you from looking though!

Some of my favorite linens came from the most unexpected places and they turned into projects we still use to this day.

Find an Unexpected Use for Old Items

I’m sure at one time these springs were used as part of an old bed.  But they can be easily used to help corral something as simple as the mail.

I’ve even seen old springs holding beautiful eggs. As well as, lined with decorative paper and filled with candy and snacks as part of birthday lunch buffet too.

Keep in mind, when decorating for spring with vintage or salvaged finds that have been heavily chipped or weathered like metals, woods and concrete they need to be properly sealed, coated and safe to use.

Incorporate Galvanized Metals

When you’re out shopping this season look for galvanized buckets, feeding stations, watering cans, troughs or garden accessories.

They make fabulous planters and will easily help add another layer of texture.

Decorate with Potted Plants

We use faux and potted plants on the porches, tables and throughout the house. There’s just something about that fresh pop of green that reminds us of all the promises yet to come.

As always, make sure to check the plant’s care, sunlight and water needs before decorating with potted plants indoors or out.

Use Nature Inspired Elements

There are so many plants blooming in Florida right now. And new bird families chirping in the yard too.

Take a nod from nature and use soft colors like greens and blues or use material like nests, sticks or moss to create a spring look you’ll love.

I hope these ideas for spring decorating with vintage or salvaged finds have helped spark a bit of creativity. When it comes to finding unexpected uses for old items, the possibilities are endless.

Let us know how you plan to decorate this year!

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Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Treasure hunting with you guys would be the best day ever! We gotta find a way to set that up 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  2. First Monday Trade Days is on my bucket list, Stacey! I can’t wait to see what you find! Hugs, CoCo

  3. Loved seeing bits of your home; it was very serene yet interesting.

    1. Thank you bunches, Kathy! We’re constantly working on projects around here which keeps it exciting 🙂 Hope you have the best day, CoCo

    1. You’re the best, Amber, thank you so much! I really appreciate it. You made my week! Hugs, CoCo

  4. Coco, I love your style! Everything looks amazing.
    Blessings to you.

    1. Thanks so much, Renae, I really appreciate it. I can’t wait until we can get back to treasure hunting on a regular basis again. I miss it so much! Hugs for a peace-filled weekend, CoCo

  5. Everything looks marvelous and made my heart sing……..I love white and I love flowers……..and your robins egg blue hutch is my fav color of blue,
    and looks so much prettier in blue. This was inspiring as I am about to adventure into Spring decorating soon, so thanks for sharing.
    Blessings, Nellie

    1. Such sweet and kind words, Nellie, thank you! I appreciate them so much. I wish we lived closer because we could totally shop and treasure hunt together ? That robin egg blue is such a pretty color and I swear it looks good in shabby chic, cottage style, and farmhouse style homes too. There’s definitely something peaceful about it that makes me all kinds of ready for spring. Can’t wait to see how your decorating projects are going. Hope your weekend is a happy one, CoCo

  6. CoCo, you are a girl after my own heart–love all these charming ideas! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!

    1. Thank you so much, Cecilia, I really appreciate it. I always say it would be so much fun to all load up and go treasure hunting together at a big outdoor market like Round Top. Hope you have the best day, CoCo

  7. Lovely ideas. I love the color on that cupboard is amazing. The bucket full of daisies is darling too.

    1. Thank you, Katie! It’s always fun to find special ways to decorate with vintage treasures. Especially, during Spring! Hope your day is a happy one, CoCo

  8. I want to try each and every idea. But if I do, that means I’m going treasure hunting! Hot diggity dog! Featuring this on the Farmhouse Friday LP. Pinned!

    1. I wish ALL THE TIME we could go treasure hunting together, Cindy! I love the way you look at things in such a different and creative way. It’s one of my favorite things about you and your beautiful vintage style! Hugs and thank yous and see you at the party, CoCo

  9. I love bringing vintage and salvaged items into the home, and the patio. The flower pots, and containers filled with greenery is so charming. I would love a side board setup just like it, CoCo.
    Thank you for sharing your pretty finds at the Friday with Friends link party!

    1. Thank you so much, Rachelle, I really appreciate it. It’s always fun to search for treasures. I can’t wait until the outdoor markets and charity shop events start up again. I miss it! Hope your weekend is peace-filled. Continuing to pray for you and your family. Big hugs, CoCo

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