Transform Your Kitchen on a Budget with Amazing Thrifted Finds

Everyone loves a beautiful, well-designed kitchen, but not everyone can afford their ideal kitchen. Even so, there are ways to give your kitchen an economical boost with thrifted finds. Check out today’s collection of pretty kitchens that make great use of second-hand treasures.

First up is a bright and cheery kitchen that incorporates a colorful collection of fiesta ware on open shelves. Fiesta ware is an Art Deco style of glazed, ceramic pottery that first made its appearance in the early 1930s. Production took a hiatus from 1973 to 1985. Collectors typically prefer to get the earlier pieces, but recent fiesta ware is just as pretty, although it’s made from vitreous china and not semi-vitreous pottery. Vintage kitchen towels and a step stool complete the look.

Bright and happy kitchen with thrifted findsPhoto by Julia Chasman Design


A collection of pottery pieces adorns a white hutch in this charming, Oregon farmhouse kitchen. What’s great about thrifted dishes is they’re beautiful and functional at the same time. They’re not just for looks.

Oregon farmhouse kitchenPhoto by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design


Have you ever turned to a flea market or second-hand store to find interior doors? This kitchen by Alison Kandler features a fun screen door to serve as a pantry door. You can find vintage screen doors like this all over flea markets. A lot of people purchase them to use as architectural elements in the garden. But look how great this yellow door looks in a colorful kitchen. When you find one, you’ll likely need to re-screen it and give it a fresh coat of paint. The end result is worth that extra bit of work, don’t you think?

Colorful, eclectic kitchen with yellow screen doorPhoto by Alison Kandler Interior Design


Lucky is the person who finds an industrial cart to serve as a kitchen island. It provides more character than a new island. I’m hoping to find a similar style cart (only smaller) for my own kitchen – one with wheels so I can easily move it around. Thrifted finds add so much personality to your home and make great conversation pieces when entertaining.

Industrial cart used as kitchen islandPhoto by Rikki Snyder


Create an interesting and eclectic look in your kitchen with a second-hand table and chairs. In this pretty white kitchen, the owner mixed a variety of chair styles that surprisingly works. I love the mix of aqua and red.

Thrifted finds - chairs and table in a white kitchenPhoto by Joanne Palmisano Design


Many of you will recognize the kitchen of Chip and Joanna Gaines. If you’ve ever watched the show, Fixer Upper, you know how clever the couple is when it comes to using thrifted finds in creative ways – from architectural pieces to furniture and knickknacks. Old signage is always a show piece in a kitchen and they’re relatively easy to find.

Joanna Gaines' kitchen with vintage Super Market sign.Photo by Magnolia Homes


Would you ever consider using vintage cabinetry in your kitchen? This one looks great flanked by pastel oil paintings of flowers. Some of these cabinets are over-priced, in my humble opinion. But if you’re patient, you can find one in decent shape with a small price tag.

Vintage style kitchen Photo by En Vie Interiors by Melanie Bowe


Feel free to mix thrifted finds in your kitchen (or any room in the house, for that matter). Here, a pretty cabinet joins a vintage bentwood chair, collected pottery, old glass bottles, and more. Look closely and you’ll see that the doors incorporate chicken wire instead of glass. This is a great idea if you come across an old hutch that doesn’t have its glass intact and you don’t want to spend money to replace it. See how I added chicken wire to my dining hutch.

Eclectic kitchen with vintage hutch and dishesPhoto by Kate Hansen Photography


We’re at the beginning of flea market season here in the Chicagoland area. It’s always fun to see what vintage treasure might be found, I hope this post gives you some ideas for using thrifted finds in your kitchen.


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  1. All of these kitchens are really fun. I reimagine the first kitchen pictured with vintage blue and white dishes and accessories. I love the color and architecture of the window! What is that HORSE doing behind the sink in the third picture????!!!! We have a neighbor who is the neighborhood “handyman.” He took out all of the cabinets in their kitchen and put in vintage hutches and dresser type pieces for their cabinetry. He finished the bottoms with similar toe holds to coordinate it all. It looks amazing! Sooo clever.