DIY Vintage Going "vintage" comes with few restrictions: If it’s worn and white, soft green, or faded pink, or has flowers, mix and match with abandon. Keep surfaces simple. Here, floors are mostly bare; limit walls to architectural salvage, mirrors, and collectibles such as old plates. Peeling and painted surfaces can’t be left as is, or you'll end up with pets or kids eating paint chip. Before incorporating any items into your setting, be sure to coat them with matte acrylic sealer.