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Ideas to Steal: 7 Kitchen Storage Solutions With Vintage Charm

Quintana Partners, a design outfit based in Menorca, Spain, are masters at updating old kitchens without stripping any of their charms. See Kitchen of the Week: Embracing the Old with Quintana Partners for a peek at their practical magic. Today, we’re looking at some of their signature kitchen pieces that provide both storage opportunities and vintage appeal.

Photography courtesy of Quintana Partners.

An old kitchen preserved and revived—including removing walls, replacing appliances, and introducing new vintage elements--in the Sa Calma kitchen on Menorca by Quintana Partners.
Above: In Quintana Partners’ Sa Calma kitchen, a traditional Menorcan clothes rail becomes a spot to hang colanders, pots, and other cooking essentials. Crates provide closed storage. (See 10 Easy Pieces: Wooden Crates for sources.)
On the far wall, a wooden plate rack, over the sink, for both drying and storing dishes. (See Julie’s 10 Easy Pieces: Wall-Mounted Plate Racks.)
Above: On the far wall, a wooden plate rack, over the sink, for both drying and storing dishes. (See Julie’s 10 Easy Pieces: Wall-Mounted Plate Racks.)
A vintage enamelware utensil rack in their Sa Calma Annex kitchen. (See Design Sleuth: Vintage Kitchen Utensil Racks from France.)
Above: A vintage enamelware utensil rack in their Sa Calma Annex kitchen. (See Design Sleuth: Vintage Kitchen Utensil Racks from France.)
Ikea hanging rail at Townhouse A, a kitchen design by Quintana Partners
Above: We love the idea of hanging a vintage medicine cabinet first aid box (perhaps for storing spices?) in the kitchen. (See 8 Favorites: Multipurpose First Aid Boxes.)
Ikea hanging rail at Townhouse A, a kitchen design by Quintana Partners
Above: An Ikea Grundtal rail and some S hooks are all you need for a pot rack. (See Trend Alert: 13 Kitchens with Utensil Rails.)
Casa Telmo dining room by Quintana Partners, Menorca, Spain
Above: In the designers’ own kitchen, a wire hanging basket was deployed for storing garlic and onions.

Here are seven storage ideas to steal from the singular kitchens designed by Quintana Partners:

1. Wooden Crates

Noodles Noodles and Noodles Wooden Crate
Above: The Wooden Crate from Noodles Noodles and Noodles Corp. is €39.

2. A Hanging Fruit Basket

Williams-Sonoma 3-Tier Fruit Basket
Above: Williams Sonoma’s Hanging Wire 3-Tier Fruit Basket is now discontinued. For something similar, try Bed Bath & Beyond‘s version for $25.99.

3. A Wall-Mounted Plate Rack

The Broadway Plate Rack by The Plate Rack Co. comes in pine, oak, or painted wood; £285.00 to £365.00.
Above: The Broadway Plate Rack by The Plate Rack Co. comes in pine, oak, or painted wood; £285.00 to £365.00.

4. A Vintage Medicine Cabinet

The Wood First Aid Box is $64.35 from LittleShopofDecorUA on Etsy.
Above: The Wood First Aid Box is $64.35 from LittleShopofDecorUA on Etsy.

5. A Wooden Coat Rack

Safavieh’s Cherry Coat Rack is $77.90 at Home Depot.
Above: Safavieh’s Cherry Coat Rack is $77.90 at Home Depot.

6. A Vintage Enamelware Utensil Rack

French Enamelware Utensil Rack from LaVienEnPastis on Etsy
Above: The French Antique Enamelware Utensil Rack from LaVienEnPastis is on Etsy for $95.

7. A Rail + Hooks System

Ikea Kungsfors Rail
Above:  The Grundtal rail is no longer sold, but Ikea’s 22-inch-long Kungsfors Rail is a worthy replacement; $5.99.

More kitchens with creative storage here:

N.B.: This post has been updated with new prices and links; it was first published October 2018.

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