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Enamel Everywhere: 7 Stunning Ideas for Decorating with Vintage Enamelware

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Versatile, colorful, and simple, enamel everywhere: 7 stunning ideas for decorating with vintage enamelware, brings vibrant charm to your home!

This old cookware lives and breathes all elements of a farmhouse home and is a staple in a farmhouse kitchen. Enamelware can be used in many different ways in today’s more modern homes. In this post, enamel everywhere: 7 stunning ideas for decorating with vintage enamelware, I’ll be sharing how to find this old metal as well as easy ways of styling it into your space!

What Is Enamelware?

Enamelware is prized cookware that started in Germany in the 1760’s. It is a beloved item to collect because it is practical, functional, and charming.

Enamelware became popular in the 19th century when manufacturers started to coat pots and pans with lighter steel enamel rather than cast iron. You will find that it is typically white on the inside and colored on the outside.

vintage enamelware cups arranged on hooks

How to Identify Vintage Enamelware

Some of the more popular pieces of enamelware include coffeepots, mugs and ladles. Enamelware comes in solid colors like blue or green but you can also find it in a marbled pattern or solid with a colored rim.

In some cases you will see floral patterns or pictures on the outside.

a vintage marshmallow tin filled with faux greens displayed for the 4th of July

Generally, you will be able to tell the age of the piece by its heft. Pieces from the beginning of the 20th century are noticeably heavier than those made after World War 2.

The sound of the metal can also give you a clue. If you tap the bottom of an enamelware mug or plate and it sounds tinny, it was probably produced around the 1970’s.

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Where to Find Vintage Enamelware

This old metal can be found at thrift shops, estate sales, and vintage stores as well as online sources such as Etsy.

I will say that enamelware has become fairly popular in recent years. As such, it is getting harder to find and prices have slowly crept up. However, I do find most of my enamel pieces from thrift shops. You can still find enamelware at vintage shops for reasonable prices…you just have to do some digging 🙂

a vintage ironstone platter with scalloped edges

Enamel Everywhere: 7 Stunning Ideas for Decorating with Vintage Enamelware

These old metal pieces are treasures to behold because of the many uses they have.

Here are 7 easy ways to use enamelware in your home!

three pieces of vintage decor in a hutch for Spring

Enamel Teapots as a Vase

Old teapots or pitchers make really pretty vases for fresh flowers on a tabletop or a bathroom counter. Enamel everywhere: 7 stunning ideas for decorating with vintage enamelware, is all about getting creative and thinking outside of the box!

a mint green enamel teapot with faux stems used in a white hutch for Spring

Enamelware as Kitchen Decor.

An arrangement of small enamelware cups are cute to hang on hooks in an arrangement near your kitchen.

blue and white enamel cups displayed in a kitchen cubby shelf

Enamelware Basket or Tray Display

Try lining a tray or larger bowl with a tea towel and to create a vignette!

You could also use it to put bread or pastries in for a festive addition to a party or table display.

a late summer basket vignette with a mint green enamel teapot

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A Collection of Enamelware

If you start a collection or already have a collection of a specific style of enamelware, you can display them together on a shelf.

To add dimension and texture, try incorporating faux greenery like eucalyptus or olive branches in or around the collection.

vintage milk glass and enamelware used in a Christmas vignette

Enamelware as Outdoor Decor

Using enamelware as part of a front porch display is so pretty and can be used all year!

Try lining a large enamel bowl or pitcher with landscape fabric for drainage and potting ferns or simple flowers in them.

an outdoor space in late summer with a faux lavender plant and vintage napkins

Enamelware Kitchen Staples

Large enamelware kettles brew excellent cowboy coffee.

You can also use an old tea kettle or pot to hold faux stems as a pretty decorative display.

vintage red and green milk bottles with red berries for Christmas

Enamelware as Simple Storage

Small handled cups or enamel containers with sides are cute and easy storage in a bathroom to hold items such as hair clips, Q-tips, or pony tail binders!

an enamel container used for bathroom storage

Closing Tidbits for Enamel Everywhere: 7 Stunning Ideas for Decorating with Vintage Enamelware

I truly hope this enamel everywhere: 7 stunning ideas for decorating with vintage enamelware, are inspiring for you! It is such a fun item to keep an eye out for when thrifting or antiquing. Enamelware is timeless and will add joy and beauty to your home in whichever way you choose to use it.

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