I know you guys know I love just about anything French, but vintage French bread boards are something that I kind of stumbled on in terms of collecting. I don’t even remember where I first saw them, or what made them call my name, but they did! They are plain, and worn out, and definitely unglamorous, but wow, do they have character! They’re something my mother would probably think belongs in a garage sale (haha!), but I just adore them. Actually, I like any bread boards, even new ones, but the old French ones are particularly special. They are usually quite worn, with an amazing patina that comes from years and years of use and handling. I love the texture they add wherever you display them.
However, once I fell in love with them, I found out they are somewhat rare, and not cheap! (Story of my life: whatever I decide to collect always seems to be expensive!) So, slowly but surely I’ve been looking and hunting and have found a few so far. I have found that the German and Eastern European ones are slightly less expensive, and though they aren’t quite as pretty, I’ve bought a couple. I’m mixing them in with the French and that way, saving a little money! But luckily for me, I’m going to France next month and I’m hoping (praying!) that I find some at a somewhat reasonable price. There are all kinds of ways to incorporate them into your decor, so let’s take a look…
Here it’s used on the island to feature a vignette. Via Debra Hall Lifestyle.
Via My Sweet Savannah.
Via Dreamy Whites.
Hanging on the wall. By stylist Kara Rosenlund via Inside Out.
I absolutely adore this! The breadboards on the mantel are such a wonderful focal point. Via Cedarhill Farmhouse.
Via Heather Bullard.
Whether you stack them in the kitchen, hang them on a wall, or lean them on a mantel, they add tons of vintage charm and French farmhouse style. I especially love displaying them in a kitchen vignette, or even using them to serve bread and cheese. And they mix well with their French cousins, demijohn bottles and vintage baskets! For more inspiration, see my post on French farmhouse kitchens.
I’ve sourced some great French ones for you below. But since they can sometimes be more expensive, I’ve also listed some reproductions and European ones (from other countries besides France). There are great options out there to create the same look even if you don’t want to break the bank!
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