Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

8 Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

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Do you have a vintage dough bowl that you aren’t sure what to do with?  Discover 8 ways to decorate with antique dough bowls! 

Several months ago when Zach and I went to pick up a gorgeous full-length mirror that was made out of an antique door frame (read How to Decorate with Large Mirrors here).

I was thrilled when the owner said they were moving and if there was anything else I wanted amidst their incredible collection of antiques to make an offer.

I had already bought half of the house before Zach arrived with the trailer.  #justkidding  #butnotreally

WAys to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

One of those purchases included this gorgeous antique dough bowl.

I may have had to suppress an excited squeal when I saw it.  This beauty is 4 feet long!!  So.much.dough.

You could sled down a hill in this thing.

Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls
8 Ways To Decorate With Antique Dough Bowls

Ah it’s just so pretty.

Once considered a power tool for the kitchen, antique dough bowls now serve as a beautiful memorial to the toil and labor of countless women as they worked to make their house a home. 

Still to this day, there are few aromas more welcoming than that of freshly baked bread.

The shape and size of these antique treasures, however, can make them difficult to incorporate into household decor. 

Let’s explore 8 ways to decorate with antique dough bowls.

If you do not have an antique dough bowl but would like to find a replica, then check the source list at the end for a new “antique” dough bowl!

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    8 Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    #1 Table Centerpiece

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    Savvy Southern Style

    I think the key to effectively using an antique dough bowl as a centerpiece on a table is to ensure that you still have room on either side for place settings. 

    You will lose space for serving dishes, but if you have a side table or serving buffet then this is not an issue.  My 4 ft long dough bowl, however, may not fit the bill for a centerpiece!

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    Worthing Court

    This photo from Worthing Court is linked to an article on how to create her summer dough bowl arrangement. 

    I personally can’t stop looking at that awesome shelf hanging above the side buffet . . . Notice again the wider table to accommodate place settings and the dough bowl centerpiece.

    8 Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    #2 Side Table Display

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowl

    I love the look of greenery and candles in the dough bowl.  I personally use these flameless flickering candles which come with a remote and are a lot cheaper than Pottery Barn’s but look identical.

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    Pottery Barn

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    Follow the Yellow Brick Home

    Look at this beautiful display from Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home!  Antique dough bowls come in all different sizes, and this one fits just perfectly on her side board. 

    I love the way she has incorporated herbs and greenery.  #givemealltheherbs

    Ways to Decorate With Antique Dough Bowls

    Follow the Yellow Brick Home

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    Farmhouse Blooms

    The soft patina to this display is gorgeous. 

    I especially admire the meticulous symmetry of the succulents and candles on either side of the jar with the added pop of what appears to be a string of wooden beads.  This display was really well done.

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    Farmhouse Blooms nailed it!

     

     

    8 Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    #3 Planter

    Ways to Decorate With Antique Dough Bowls

    Joyce Horn Antiques

    I love everything about this photo. 

    The key to using an antique dough bowl for a planter is going to be finding plants with a shallow enough root system for the bowl.

    Certainly faux flowers can be used, but to actually use the bowl as a planter you could consider lining the bottom and the sides of the bowl with a plastic sheet in order to keep the wood from staying wet.

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls
    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    Modern House Minimalist Designs

    In this case, it appears that one or two potted flowers were placed inside the dough bowl. 

    This is easier as it eliminates the need for potting soil in the bowl, but I would still recommend lining the inside with plastic to protect your antique.

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    Petite Haus

    I like the organic simplicity of this DIY white orchid arrangement. 

    This would be a pretty centerpiece or even set out on a covered front porch by the front door to welcome spring!

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    My Haute Revival

    I love how the greenery is draped over the sides in this display. 

    This could also be done with faux florals and greens.  I’m liking the idea of this arrangement but mounted on the wall as a faux planter???  Hmm . . . See below!

     

    8 Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    #4 Wall Display

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    There is so much to admire about this creative use of not just ONE but NINE antique dough bowls!!

    Two have been hung vertically with hooks and a candle sconce (genius), one has been anchored horizontally to the wall on shelf brackets and used as a planter (I may be replicating that idea . . .), and the others perfectly arranged to create a stunning wall display.

    Ways to Decorate With Antique Dough Bowls

    The Rustic Market

    Dough bowls as sconces.  Genius!

    8 Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    #5 Mantel Display

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    The Tattered Pew

    12 gorgeous white tapers surrounded by greenery and flanked by two pillars = elegant simplicity.

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    The Tattered Pew

    SO PRETTY.

    The key to a display like this is finding the right tapers. 

    As much as I like the way dripping candles create that beautiful cascade of wax, I don’t know anyone who enjoys peeling it off of their decorations or scraping it off the floor or table.

    If you need the perfect candle that does not drip and burns evenly for hours, then checkout Root’s candles here.

    I am telling you.  You will not be disappointed.

    With approximately 20 color options this is the only taper I buy any more.

    8 Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    #6 Storage

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    Rooms for Rent

    Magazine storage!

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    Source

    Pillow storage!

    Ways to Decorate With Antique Dough Bowls

    The Hamby Home

    Jewelry storage!

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    The Cottage Market

    Book storage!

    8 Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    #7 Fruit Bowl 

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    Belle Maison 23

    An antique dough bowl would actually be a perfect fruit basket for long narrow kitchen islands such as the one above.

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

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    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

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    8 Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    #8 Serving Tray

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    Etsy

    This bowl is gorgeous, and I love how handles were added on the sides to be used as a tray.

    I love the aged-appearing industrial handles, and the only thing I would add is to also work on aging the screws you use to place them.

    Rub some stain over the steel screw to make it look old and “dirty” or use an oil rubbed bronze toned screw. 

    But this is a fabulous idea.  I can picture this dough bowl tray filled with freshly baked rolls and muffins!

    Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

    Source

    Forget the rolls, how about some bread in an antique dough bowl??  What could be more appropriate than using a dough bowl as a bread tray?

    Wish you had a vintage dough bowl?  Consider buying an antique replica!

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    **POST UPDATE**

    Want to see how I used mine?

    Here I had it standing in a corner.

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    8 Ways To Decorate With Antique Dough Bowls

    In the spring I stored all of my French country decor books in the dough bowl.

    8 Ways To Decorate With Antique Dough Bowls

    It was beautiful with some lace bunched up inside and draped over the edge. I hope you have found some antique dough bowl decorating inspiration!

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      Do you have a vintage dough bowl that you aren't sure what to do with?  Discover 8 ways to decorate with antique dough bowls! 
      Do you have a vintage dough bowl that you aren't sure what to do with?  Discover 8 ways to decorate with antique dough bowls! 
      Do you have a vintage dough bowl that you aren't sure what to do with?  Discover 8 ways to decorate with antique dough bowls! 

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      1. I SO ‘need’ a dough bowl! 😉 Thanks for sharing this round up. I’ve always loved what Suzy does with her dough bowl centerpieces. I’ve been introduced to your blog by Bev’s feature at Thursday Fave Things. We would be so blessed if you would stop by and link-up with the newish party in town, Homestyle Gathering! 😉

      2. I too have a 4ft by 2 1/2 ft dough bowl. And it is the center piece of our dinning Room table. I need more ideas for it besides Christmas decor.

      3. Thank you for your great ideas for displaying a dough bowl. I have a very large antique bowl that I am trying to hang . I’d love to find a way to do it without damaging the bowl since it is an antique. I’m also looking for ways to stabilize it to keep it from rocking . if you have suggestions, I’d appreciate your thoughts!

      4. I was so excited t see how you used an antique dough bowl as I have my grandmother’s. It’s a prize possession that I have. Right now I have it full of rag balls and Candles. Now you have given me many other ideas. Thank you so much!
        Happy Easter, Joann

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