Industrial cottage chic in our outdoor living space! Find out how I re-created my inspiration photo with a curated mix of thrifted vintage kitchen items displayed on open shelving. Pick up a few tips and tricks to thrift your way to your own industrial cottage vibe!
Thrift the Look Blog Hop
I’m back again with our thrifty, vintage loving bloggers for our third “Thrift the Look” blog hop. This talented group of ladies also works hard behind the scenes for the admin team of our Creative Vintage Darlings FB group. If you love vintage like we do, enjoy thrifting and DIY decorating, Creative Vintage Darlings might just be the group for you. We would love for you to join us. Pop over to Instagram #CreativeVintageDarlings to get a feel for the kind vintage we like and the thrifting we do!
Cottage Decor Reveal Day
Sarah of Sadie Seasongoods is the mastermind behind this ‘Thrift the Look’ blog hop series. Before we get going, here’s a big shout out to Sarah for bringing this fun challenge together for the rest of us! Thank you Sarah!!
We have each thrifted our cottage decor pieces based on our own inspiration photos. As a group we decided to work with different inspiration photos rather than using the same one. Cottage style can mean many things, so we thought it would be fun for you to see a slew of different ideas, and today is reveal day! You will find links to each blogger’s project at the end of this post.
My Cottage Decor Inspiration
I was torn between a few inspiration photos, all from Huizedop, an interior & lifestyle blog from the Netherlands. I love this woman’s chic industrial style and the way she works with black. In the end I decided on the photo below, which I found on Huizedop’s Pinterest board, “Our Home – huizedop“.
Source: Our Home – huizedop Pinterest Board
I was drawn in by the pops of black against the gray plaster wall and the contrast of these pieces mixed in with the white. I am a fan of open shelving, even better if it’s live edge, and I’m definitely on ‘board’ for layering and displaying worn cutting boards to complete the look.
Prepping My Cottage Decor Space
Right from the start I knew I would borrow a section of our outdoor shelving for this cottage decor challenge. We have a small freezer and 2 bar fridges sharing the covered deck space, so my dad installed adjustable shelving around these visually bossy appliances. The shelving makes it easier for decorating, and also helps blend these big pieces in a bit more.
DIY Butcher Block Top
I decided to DIY a butcher block top to fit over the bar fridges, so this is where I got started. I planned to add everything else on the shelving directly above the fridges and rearrange the shelves as needed.
Step 1 – Cutting Wood to Size:
The butcher block top was made from pieces of pine board I had in my leftover wood stash. The boards were the perfect length so just the width needed to be fit. My Mr. cut one board down the middle and that was it! I wedged the boards snuggly into place between the shelf bracing that surrounded each fridge. In a rental home it’s great when no nails are needed!
I chose the sides with the most variations in the wood to sit face up. For this industrial cottage feel I wanted to see the knots, the coarse grain, and as much of the colour streaking in the wood as possible.
Step 2 – Staining:
The plan was to apply a darker stain to the butcher block pieces because in the inspiration pic the countertop is black. I waffled on the black and in the end decided to match the darker colour to the built-in deck bar we added a few years ago. The colour is a dark, warm brown from a blend of two wood stains: Minwax ‘Gunstock’ (a reddish teak colour) and Rust-Oleum’s Varathane ‘Black Cherry’ (a dark, dark purplish brown).
Note: this stain is NOT food safe! I used it because we won’t be cutting or placing food directly on the butcher block.
Step 3 – The Finishing Touch:
The middle image shows the stain after it was applied, and then the lighter colour left behind after wiping the stain off. I actually really like the darker colour, but to protect the surface of the wood I also applied both a clear and a dark wax. The dark wax really deepens the colour of the wood depending on how much gets worked in vs. wiped off. I used both waxes on my barrel bucket makeover and loved the results!
The finishing touch was adding a vintage yard stick I thrifted quite awhile ago to the top edge. I used what was left in the rag and gave it a quick rub to leave a touch of the stain colour on all sides.
I’m debating on attaching the yard stick to the butt ends of the butcher block boards to give it a finished look. For now I’m leaving it on top as a fun reminder of this challenge every time we go into the fridge! Your thoughts?
Creating My Industrial Cottage Look
I took inventory of the things I would need for my industrial cottage look and made a list. I broke my list into three sections:
- Items to thrift
- Things I already have
Shop Your Home
Before I got going to the thrifts I shopped my home. The fun for me of course is in the thrifting, but it’s also helpful to see what I already own. Besides, there’s a good chance anything I have on hand was scored at a thrift!
This vintage kitchen scale was part of the ‘already owned’ mix, and even though it’s not black like the one in my inspiration pic I decided to use it anyway. This scale was purchased second-hand years ago and has become a kitchen staple. I added the antique toast rack for height and to balance out the vignette.
Most of these cutting boards were already in our collection, and only a few came from thrifts including the Baribo-Maid board. It’s the one sitting under the balsamic vinegar with the cast iron salt & pepper set. The large gorgeous grained board with the leather hanger was made by my brother and gifted to us just this past Christmas.
When I saw the vintage cast iron salt & pepper set, they were an instant yes even though they weren’t on my thrifting list! For industrial style though, cast iron is never a miss!
I actually thrifted a little wooden crate to put the balsamic vinegar and S&P set in similar to the inspiration pic, but I made a DIY mistake. I decided to stain it the same as the butcher block only to realize I should have left it alone. The lighter wood was definitely a better fit, so to get the feeling of the inspiration look I swapped the lighter Baribo board in the crate’s place.
If you’re looking for tips on woodenware care, I share mine here!
Pieces to Thrift
For this challenge I needed to thrift a black kettle, some bowls, and something pewter or galvanized to hold a few of our wooden utensils.
This enamel on steel Copco kettle came along first and I fell in love with its atomic style and shape. Even with a dent on the other side, I knew this was a great pick. The curvy little pewter mug next to it was another great find and a perfect fit.
The bowls turned out to be the hardest to thrift. I searched and searched to find something similar to my inspo pic, but with absolutely no luck. Who knew? To achieve the look I mixed in black plates with different size bowls, some in just plain white and others with black on white/white on black patterns. None of the patterns are look-a-likes to the inspiration pic, so I tried to create the feeling of the look instead.
All of these bowls including the plates are from thrifts, but I had most of them already. Aren’t the penguins great? The only bowls thrifted for this challenge are the first three sitting on the black plates.
Thrift the Look: Industrial Cottage Chic Reveal
This is how it all came together.
My very first find was the black kettle for $6. Even with a different shape, I think this find was a great fit. In place of the white bag duo with clothespins, I decided to use our vintage straw dispenser filled with black and white straws instead. I did this for visual balance next to the white kitchen scale and silver plate toast rack. In the bottom right-hand corner I added my vintage pickling crock to lighten up that corner. It helps to off-set the darker cutting boards and introduces a similar vibe to the space that the white bottle in the inspiration pic does. I did actually paint an ‘S’ hook black, but it just felt like too much. Sometimes you have to decide when enough is enough.
The main greens were sourced from Habitat for Humanity for $1, and I added a trailing vine from the Dollar Store. The plant pot is actually a Mid-Century modern bean crock I thrifted a few years ago. I turned the pattern to the back, but you can see it if you pop over to Instagram. My fun little touch to complete the look is the stainless kitchen timer I thrifted at the last minute (haha). It doesn’t work but it does work to balance the shelf!
What’s Thrifted & What’s Not
When I took stock of all the pieces used for my challenge even I was surprised at how many were thrift store finds! Normally I would identify what came from the thrift, but this time it’s easier to show you what didn’t.
- Trailing Vine – The Dollar Store
- Wooden Kitchen Utensils – part of our kitchen ‘stuff’
- Tall Cheese Board – Handcrafted by my Mr.
- Bread & Cheese Board – A gift made by my brother
- Oval Cutting Board – Part of my Mr.’s kitchen things from before my time
- Balsamic Vinegar – Part of a gift basket
And that’s a wrap! I know this was a super long post. Thank you for making it to the end. 🙂 I’m just one of five bloggers hopping today. Below are the links to the rest of the cottage decor reveals.
I hope you will check them out!
Thanks for stopping by!
Photographs © Audrey Would! Vintage Home unless otherwise indicated.