How to Hang a Vintage Dough Bowl!

4 Materials
30 Minutes

A girlfriend and I hit up an outdoor flea market near me this weekend in Dover, New Hampshire. Followed up with a lobster roll at Stonewall Kitchen’s flagship store in York, Maine. Aren’t those just the best kind of days?

Thrifting with the Gals I’d love to invite you to join me, along with some of the best thrifting gals I know over on Instagram every Wednesday, where we share all our thrifting adventures, and tips and tricks. We also share how we decorated with all of our finds every Thursday of the month here on the blog. So be sure to sign up for my newsletter to follow along.

We had no idea what to expect at all! But a quick walk around and we found everything from the super expensive and overpriced to the best thrift finds!

Dough Bowl

I have admired vintage dough bowls from afar for quite some time now! I’ve always found them, especially the larger bowls, to be a bit on the expensive side, pricing upwards of $1,000 or more. Until I found these dough bowls, at this flea market near me this weekend!

  • What is an antique dough bowl? A traditional dough bowl, also known as a bread trough, is typically a shallow, wooden bowl hand carved into a rectangular or oval shape. Over the centuries it has traditionally been used to make bread by many different cultures across the continents. Source: Bowl & Board
  • Why are wooden bowls used for making bread? Wooden bowls have always been the preferred choice for bread-making because the heat generated by the yeast is retained in the wood, giving the dough an even rise—and because the bowl’s high sides protect the dough from drafts. Source: Bowl & Board
  • What can you put in a dough bowl? Dough bowls today have become popular collected pieces and are used in farmhouse tables, kitchens, dining rooms, and more. Decorated with flowers, fruits, plates, plants, and more. Many reproductions are also available today.

You may also like the post, Decorating with Flea Market Frames and Decorating with Vintage Finds too!

I decided I wanted to hang this antique dough bowl on the wall in our dining room. The size of the dough bowl honestly, overwhelmed our table as a centerpiece and I love the statement it makes against the white plastered wall in the dining room.

How to Hang a Dough Bowl?

The dough bowl is very heavy and awkward. It’s also not in perfect shape. But these are the reasons I treasure pieces like this. It wasn’t that difficult, however, to hang with a few hooks, screws, and wire.

Choose the Space
Mark the Center with Tape
Tape Along the Center
Level and Draw a Straight Line on the Tape
Attach Two Screws to Each Side of the Bowl
Attach Wire from Screw to Screw
Tighten Wire to Desired Length
Secure Screws into the Wall
Remove Tape and Hang Dough Bowl

What do you think?

One thing always leads to another, doesn’t it?

I moved the old chippy apothecary out of the sunroom into this spot under the dough bowl in our dining room. A few collected dishes and some dried greens add to the new pieces in this space. This was a quick “put together”. So be sure to follow along to see how this space finishes out.

Be sure to check out these ladies’ blog posts for some more dough bowl inspiration!

  • How to Style a Vintage Wood Dough Bowl With Faux Orchid Arrangement With Moss
  • How to Make a Wood Dough Bowl Planter Centerpiece
  • How to Style a Dough Bowl for Spring

Wooden Train Set

The second treasure I found at this outdoor flea market near me this weekend was this wooden train set for $45. It’s super heavy and I can totally envision it at Christmas time at our home back in Vermont.

The train set is now packed away in my car for its next trip back to Vermont with me.

Crate Barrel

The third piece I found at the flea market near me this weekend was this old barrel, which also resembles an old crate. I love the blonde color. It was marked $65, but I was able to get it for $50.

What would you use this crate barrel for in your house? I’ve been moving it all around trying to find just the perfect home for it.

Fill it with?

  • Flowers
  • Umbrellas
  • Weeds
  • Croquet Mallets

As I finish up writing this blog post for you, I just finished a day “ Thrifting with the Gals” where I purchased three “Cries of London” by Francis Wheatley (England 1931) gold framed prints for $49 apiece.

I can’t wait to get these beautiful prints hung in our sunroom! The gold frames match the nesting coffee tables beautifully. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter below to follow along on all the home decorating and renovations at our home here in Coastal Maine.

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Suggested materials:
  • Dough Bowl   (Flea Market)
  • Wallboard Anchor   (Hardware Store)
  • Wire   (Hardware Store)
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  • Paula Paula on Jun 01, 2021

    Great job. And, your dog is so adorable.

  • Leslie Leslie on Jun 03, 2021

    Hi Ann, were you able to determine if the bowls were antique...quite beautiful. I have a smaller size one ( dark in color probably from the dough) that is an antique but the bottom for some reason seems to have been worn out of it I will have to find out if I should fix or leave as is. Your barrel is lovely. Clean it seal it to bring out the wood grain and top with a glass round. use some glue gun glue coins as buffers for the glass to sit on, the glue should not harm the wood, or you can make some on wax or Saran Wrap that will sit on the rim of the barrel as you lay the glass on it. If you do not want to use clear glass get frosted that way depending on the size of the barrel you can store a blanket or two in it. Great finds.

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  • MileyParker MileyParker on Dec 06, 2023

    Sounds like you had an amazing day, Ann! Thrifting at an outdoor flea market and indulging in a lobster roll at Stonewall Kitchen's flagship store sounds like the perfect way to spend a weekend. Those impromptu adventures with friends are indeed the best.I'll definitely check out your Instagram and newsletter for more thrifting tips and decorating ideas. And if you're ever on the lookout for more unique finds and thrifting opportunities, you might want to explore It's a great place to discover hidden treasures and connect with fellow thrifters.

  • oh yes I couldn’t agree more❤️