Saturday, May 22, 2010

Painting Your Vintage Kitchen Wall Shelf Robin's Egg Blue

How To Create A Retro Kitchen With A Painted Blue Shelf

All it takes is a little can of Robins Egg's Blue paint to turn an ordinary wooden wall shelf into an adorable retro kitchen accent piece. And look at how wonderful this light blue scalloped shelf looks with red and white. In fact if you look closely, you will see that the shelf is sitting in front of a background of red and white cherries.

Adding Crisp Red And White

So not only can you transform a plain old shelf into a charming and colorful platform to showcase your kitchen collectibles, but by adding a warm color (red) you "pop" the whole look.
This technique works not only when displaying objects but when photographing them for on-line auctions or stores. See how the photo below is sitting on top of an apron with red polka dots? Polka dots were a popular image in older kitchens . So you automatically evoke a retro feeling by using a pattern of polka sots. The same can be said about the red cherries above.

You can also try combinations of blue, red and pink; blue, red and yellow; blue and orange. Experiment, see how various colors look together. But the light blue, crisp red and white is still my favorite.

Nothing Like Adding Some Cherries And Polka Dots

My eye went directly to these photographs when I was browsing through kitchen collectibles on Etsy. com. How fun would it be to create an entire kitchen in Robin's Egg Blue along with red and white (polka dots, strawberries, cherries).

This wonderful ideas is the courtesy of

C. Dianne Zweig
is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Authors Guild, Inc.


  1. You're giving me some great ideas for my new kitchen! ♥

  2. i love this cheery color combo!


  3. I love the Robin's egg blue color. So fifties and so shabby all in one!