If you follow me on Instagram you know that Steve and I have a bit of a decorative (antique) box obsession. I know the whole vintage breadboard thing is a bit trendy, but I find they can add a bit of texture and earthiness to almost any setting. I love decorating with vintage breadboards and enjoy using them for serving.
The large round breadboards were made to transport multiple loaves in and out of the oven and are often made of pine, oak, or maple. Boulangerie breadboards are usually rectangular with a smaller handle on the end. They typically measure 26 to 30 inches long and are often about 16 inches wide. They are used in boulangeries that specialize in baking bread and are made of hardwoods such as maple, pine or walnut. The early breadboards were normally made either by someone in the household or by the people working at the bakery. However, some were manufactured. The smaller boards were generally used for other purposes in the home but they are just as interesting. It all depends on where and how you want to use them.
I have a crusty round one on my counter in my kitchen. It adds an earthy vibe to the more modern countertop and (tabarka tile) backsplash. This one has the telltale signs of years of use as it is thinner at the edges.
Here I used one as a similar backdrop in a totally modern kitchen of a recent client. Many have
Love the juxtaposition of the vintage with the modern in this kitchen by Debra Hall Lifestyle
I love layering them on a new coffee table to offset the newness of a more modern coffee table here in my own home. Here I used an oversized one to display an earthly vignette. This board we found at an Antique fair. It has many telltale signs of use, the splits, the thinner edges, and it was still covered with crusty flour when we got it.
Here I used the same one to create a totally different vignette.
And this one
Here I used a round breadboard on an earlier coffee table. This one shows signs of use but is probably not as early as the rectangular one.
As a textural background on a fireplace By Kelley and Co Home
The incomparable Sherry Hart used her expertise to creat this composition
And on my own fireplace
In my laundry room
A cheeseboard or appetizers can be displayed beautifully on a vintage breadboard as I did here
Or Salad Ingredients
Many of the breadboards come from Eastern Europe which doesn’t matter to me. I prefer the ones that look as though they have been well-loved and used.
If you are looking for a vintage breadboard I have linked some below. Local antique shops, flea markets, and antique fairs are great sources as well as Ebay and Etsy. When you purchase your board (if you plan to use it to serve) scrub it in hot water with dish detergent. Do not let it soak or it will warp. Oil the board once a month with olive oil, let it soak in overnight and wipe off the excess in the morning and it will last a lifetime. If you don’t plan to use it for food you could use mineral oil or beeswax. I prefer olive oil so I am not limited.
Do you have any vintage breadboards in your home and how do you use them?
You first read how to Decorating with Vintage Breadboards here on Rough Luxe Lifestyle
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