Want to transform your kitchen into a shabby chic haven on a shoestring? Feast your eyes on this delectable collection of pretty and practical kitchen accessories that will add pastel colours and pretty florals to the hub of your home, all offering incredible value for money at just a few pounds each! I’ve also included some cheaper alternatives that you can make yourself for even less, if your budget won’t stretch to everything on this page!
1. Enamel sink organiser
Styled like an old housekeeper’s utility bucket, this fantastic enamel sink organiser is brilliant for storing your washing up liquid, sponges and brushes neatly, while adding a lovely old style touch to your kitchen.
Price: £16.98 (buy now)
Cheaper alternative: Decoupage any old plastic container (make sure you seal it with varnish before use).
2. Kitchen rules
Every house needs rules to keep it running smoothly but these are especially quaint and will add a homely touch to your kitchen.
Price: £9.99 (buy now)
Cheaper alternative: Check out this awesome tutorial on making your own shabby chic style signs.
3. Organiser pegs
Keep your shabby chic themed kitchen perfectly organised with these pretty pegs featuring three different designs ‘don’t forget’, ‘shopping list’ and ‘things to do’. They have magnetic backs so can be pinned onto the fridge ready to hold your lists, notes and coupons.
Price: £4.25 (buy now)
Cheaper alternative: Decorate your own clothes pegs – here’s a video tutorial to inspire you.
4. Cutlery store
I’ve never seen a cutlery storage unit like this one before – it’s designed for going on the kitchen worktop, dresser or sideboard and features a white box with a lime washed frame lid. It is a really lovely unit that is meant to be put on display rather than hidden away in a cupboard and it frees up drawer space for other things. Although it’s the second most expensive thing on my list of best kitchen budget buys, it is amazing value for money given the quality.
Price: £19.95 (buy now)
Cheaper alternative: Paint a boring wooden cutlery tray in a pretty pastel colour then cover the base of each compartment with pretty floral paper.
5. Storage canisters
These delightful tea, coffee and sugar tins feature gorgeous shabby chic style designs created by the lovely Katie Alice. Katie is an English designer with an inspiring story – she is self taught and has designed 10 different ranges as well as styling summer houses at the Chelsea Flower Show. I love these pretty kitchen storage tins and, actually, I’m in love with all of Katie’s work!
Cheaper alternative: Cover old cleaned-out jars in hessian-type fabric and decorate with lace, ribbon, string, hearts, flowers, keys or other scraps you have lying around.
6. Herb planter
This awesome little herb planter would look gorgeous sitting on the kitchen windowsill or worktop, holding your favourite herbs. It is made from wood with a plastic lining and has a hand painted finish, featuring the words ‘Le Jardin des Fleurs & Plantes’ on the side. At this price you could buy a couple, one for each side of the window!
Price: £8.11 (buy now)
7. Utensil pot
Keep your kitchen utensils neat and tidy in this fantastic vintage style ceramic pot. It looks just like an authentic French product jar, giving it an upcycled feel.
Price: £3.90 (buy now)
Cheaper alternative: Cover a coffee tin in pretty paper – check out this easy tutorial.
8. Tea towels
If your old kitchen tea towels are looking drab and stained, replace them with these gorgeous 100% cotton shabby chic style tea towels with a Cath Kidston feel. A fantastic price for bringing some lovely colour and pretty patterns to your kitchen.
Price: £6.00 for three (buy now)
Cheaper alternative: If you have a needle, thread and fabric, you could sew your own – here’s a simple tutorial!
9. Kitchen wall clock
Never miss an appointment again with this pretty shabby chic kitchen wall clock in sweet pastel colours, featuring a lovely rose design and shabby chic ‘aging’. The clock also has the words ‘Marseille’ and ‘Live, laugh, love’ printed on. It is fairly big, measuring 34cm across, and has a gentle audible tick.
Price: £10.30 (buy now)
Cheaper alternative: A clock hands kit allows you to turn anything into a clock – even an old piece of wood!
10. Cake stand
This charming cake stand epitomises shabby chic style and would look amazing in any kitchen surface, ready to make afternoon tea into something special. It is hard to believe that this stunning fine china designer piece is priced so affordably.
Price: £16.52 (buy it now)
You might also like our pretty Cath Kidston cake stand in the shop!
Cheaper alternative: You can make a pretty cake stand with an old cake tin and candlestick. You could decorate it with lace or ribbon afterwards to give it more of a shabby chic feel! Here’s a tutorial.
11. Kitchen measuring spoons
A good set of measuring spoons are a kitchen essential but you won’t want to hide these pretty spoons away in a drawer! Another beautiful design by the talented Katie Alice, the spoon set covers a tablespoon, teaspoon and half/quarter teaspoons. Featuring a pretty spotty pastel design on one side and sweet flowers on the other, these spoons are high quality stoneware, both practical and lovely to look at.
Price: £9.99 (buy now)
Cheaper alternative: If you have a set of measuring spoons but they are ugly plastic, paint and decoupage them for a pretty shabby chic finish. Make sure you varnish them with food-safe varnish before use!
12. Egg box
What I absolutely love about this shabby chic wooden egg box is how authentic it looks! It holds 6 eggs and features vintage style writing on the side, making it a lovely item to display on the kitchen worktop. Yes, I know we’re told to keep eggs in the fridge – simply because it helps them to last longer – but with all the cooking and baking I do, mine don’t stick around for long anyway!
Price: £5.99 (buy now)
Cheaper alternative: Even a humble cardboard egg box can be transformed into a thing of beauty with some pretty paper and scraps – here’s a tutorial.
13. Shabby chic bunting
Bunting is fairly easy to make yourself if you have plenty of pretty fabric scraps to hand. If not, this shabby chic cotton bunting with its sweet dainty designs is a great buy. The price is for 5 metres, which makes it far more economical than buying in fabric to make your own. It’s perfect for stringing across a large kitchen window or decorating shelves, and you can cut up what’s left to use elsewhere in your home too.
Price: £13.74 for 5 metres (buy now)
Cheaper alternative: Make your own using paper doilies and origami (or other printed) paper – check out this make here.
14. Mug set
Shabby chic style is all about mixing pretty pastel prints – so this mug set couldn’t be more perfect for the shabby chic enthusiast! Pretty polka dots are mixed with delicate florals on fine china, creating a lovely look you’ll want to put on show in your kitchen. Hang them up on cup hooks under a shelf, display them on a vintage cup holder or pop them on the shelf for a guaranteed charming display.
Price: £23.94 for 6 (buy now)
Cheaper alternative: Buy plain white mugs and add pretty decoupage. Seal with a coat of food-safe varnish.
15. Kitchen spoon rest
This pretty stoneware spoon rest features a gorgeous vintage flower design, perfect for keeping the shabby chic kitchen mess free while adding a lovely decorative touch. A subtle design that has a vintage feel to it, this spoon rest measures a generous 22cm x 12cm x 9 cm, making it big enough to use with both large and small spoons and cooking utensils.
Price: £7.98 (buy now)
Cheaper alternative: Use a small pretty saucer (car boot sales are a great place to pick these up).
16. Flower jug
This amazing porcelain jug is crying out for a gorgeous display of beautiful blooms for the kitchen! Fill it with real flowers from your garden or a few artificial flower stems.
Price: £15.28 (buy now)
Cheaper alternative: Wrap a clear glass wine bottle with hessian type material and lace, ribbon, pearls, flowers or keys to make a pretty flower container. You could remove the wine bottle top for a wider container – here’s a video tutorial.
17. Oven gloves
Keep your hands safe and your kitchen looking pretty with these lovely, low cost oven gloves in a pretty Cath Kidston-style design. These are so cheap for such a cute design!
Price: £5.95 (buy now)
Cheaper alternative: You could make your own, if you can sew and have fabric – here’s a great tutorial.
18. Kitchen roll holder
This cream shabby chic style kitchen roll holder is such a bargain at just £3.50. It’s such a sweet design, you could also buy one for the bedroom to store your bracelets on!
Price: £3.50 (buy now)
Cheaper alternative: It’s about upcycling what you can find lying around.Take for example this vintage kitchen towel holder which has been made simply using a pair of ice tongs:
Ice tongs kitchen towel holder – source: Junk Market Style
19. Kitchen sign
Last but certainly not least, this lovely hand made sign will leave your family in no doubt where to go for your delicious food! It is made from wood and twine, and measures 20cm x 10cm.
Price: £5.99 (buy it now)
Cheaper alternative: Check out the tutorial on making your own shabby chic style signs mentioned above.
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