A can bring back the memories of your childhood and may be revive in you the spirit of cooking like your mom did. If that is the case, then there can be no other reason better than this for remodeling your kitchen on the base of vintage ideas.
Setting a vintage kitchen does not cost you much if you are lucky for having some apparatus in your kitchen that can be tweaked and made perfect for bringing vintage effects. A glass front cabinet is the best example of it. Re-paint the cabinet with any warm and cheery paint and set it with bowls and dishes that look pretty in there with their vintage designs.
Paint all the walls and furniture items in your kitchen with colors which strongly link to vintage kitchens. You can go with combinations of any two colors that make an attractive blend. Choose curtains and valances with the same idea and decoration of your kitchen should strictly be themed vintage.
Do not think of getting rid of your distressed utensils or furniture items. In fact these things add the charm of vintage to your kitchen. An old style vase in the center of the table looks great and table itself if it is if pure wood and from good old times, can be a perfect part of your vintage kitchen. Roughen it up a bit by cleaning it with a sand paper and re-painting it with a paint that depicts the shades of vintage days.