repurposed vintage storage

i’m a big fan of multitasking, even when it comes to items in my home!  even though my aesthetic has been changing a bit, leaning more towards the modern, i still have a huge place in my heart (and my home) for vintage pieces.

repurposed vintage storage

i also love it when i can come up with creative storage ideas that work as well as they look, so repurposing vintage pieces for storage is something i do often in my home.

repurposed vintage storage

i think its practical to have our most used items easily accessible.  we use tea towels and dish cloths a lot in our home, so why not have them at hand in a pretty way?  after years of looking, i found this vintage scale with a hanging basket that holds my towels just above the kitchen sink.

 

 

repurposed vintage storage

this is my newest repurposed piece, and it might just work harder than any other piece i have!  i have lots of fun jewelry that i like to change out daily, so i also like to have it all within view to make my decisions easier.  i’ve had this fishing tackle box for a few years and always wanted to show off its pretty interior color, and now i can since it holds all of my earrings and bracelets perfectly!

repurposed vintage storage

this solution can really be made with any dish or container, but why not with pretty vintage milk glass?  i do a lot of my work while sitting in bed (hashtag rough life), so its nice to have all the little cords i use right at hand.  i keep a charger, earbuds, and my camera cord in there, along with a couple pens and some hand cream.  all to keep me from getting out of bed ;)

repurposed vintage storage

i scored this vintage laundromat cart several years ago and i love the versatility it offers.  we now use it as a catchall for our blankets we use most often but we’ve also used it to hold all of our family games.

repurposed vintage storage

vintage luggage has a variety of uses, but i use a few of my favorites to hold my wrapping supplies.  this particular suitcase holds my wrapping paper, and another holds gift boxes and gift bags.  we’re short on storage closets in our house, so getting creative with certain storage items gets tricky.

repurposed vintage storage

when you have colorful craft supplies, its fun to see them all at once.  these locker baskets corral my yarn, ribbons and fabric scraps.

repurposed vintage storage

i have several wood boxes that i use throughout the house.  this old fruit crate was previously in the kitchen holding cook books and a stack of vintage tablecloths.  now that silas is reading every night, it works great as a bedside table for him to easily access some of his favorites.

repurposed vintage storage

while this is not technically vintage, this is one of my very favorite storage solutions!  when we created new storage in our garage, we had no need for this tool chest anymore.  but it seemed like the perfect addition to a boy’s room!  its been a bedside table for a long time, but now it sits in silas’ room and acts as storage for all those miscellaneous toys, from marbles to nerd guns.  and its pretty much indestructible ;)

repurposed vintage storage

this vintage plant stand has been everything but a plant stand for me!   it sits in the kids bathroom just barely in reach of the potty in case of toilet paper emergencies.

repurposed vintage storage

i was given this awesome tool caddy for my birthday and it holds a couple stacks of napkins and our salt & pepper shakers on our dining table – i love it!

repurposed vintage storage

our beloved yellow dresser no longer sits in our entry way (the girls have it in their room now), but when it wasn’t holding clothes, it held all the kids’ art supplies and train tracks.  i love thinking of new uses for old items and making them work best for where our family is at right now.

do you have any creative uses for vintage items?  share in the comments!

Comments

  1. 1

    I love all of these and have been wanting to put a dresser in our entry way. These are all great inspiration.

  2. 4

    I love the mix of old and new here! Plus storage in vintage containers makes the clutter all the more hidden (& acceptable!) with each of your posts I love your style more and more!

    Emily
    Simplyemilyl.blogspot.com

  3. 6

    Love these ideas. You have such a fun, colorful, eclectic style, that is nothing like mine, but I love it so so much. Gives me inspiration for when I can finally redecorate!

    • 7

      almost everything in our home is found, thrifted, or garage-saled, so it has made decorating our home more affordable!

  4. 8

    More fabulous ideas. When we redid my sons bedroom we took out great grandmas dresser and put it in our living room to hold blankets and small quilts and games. I love thinking up vinyet displays for the top. I have used so many of your ideas for repurposing vintage items to make them come alive again. Keep sharing!

  5. 10

    I still love your jewelry box, but my new favorite is your napkin/s&P holder—what a great find. It’s all really lovely, though. I have a vintage 3-tiered metal basket (rectangular) for holding mail and stuff to file that I really love. My parents used to own an antique store when I was a kid, so I have a few antiques, but other than sentimental value, they aren’t my favorite pieces. My old metal red wagon holds books in my daughters’ room. I’ve got nothing on your collection! :)

  6. 12

    i have been looking for locker baskets just like those to hold my classical music books on my piano (the colors are so pretty!) Any suggestions where to find them? World Market has some that are similar, but they are too expensive. Thanks!

  7. 14

    I love all if these ideas and actually have a old dresser that we use in an entry way.
    My favorite of what you have shown is the toolbox. With three boys in one room, that would be perfect for corralling all of their little items…or possibly for Legos.

    • 15

      it has saved us! i go crazy with all the little toys all over. it definitely gets messy, but clearing it out and resorting every few months does the trick!

  8. 16

    My favorite is the plant stand!! Love it!

  9. 18

    I have always and will always love vintage touches. However, my home is a 500year old apartment in Rome and vintage touches just make it look…forgotten! The old scale is my favorite! My grandma used one similarly.

  10. 19

    As you know, it’s easy to go from vintage shopping to clutter collecting, but these are AMAZING examples of what you can do with vintage pieces. I love to have people “shop” their attic or basement for these items. LOVE the examples!

  11. 20
    Cecilia says:

    What is the paint color in living room? Live that gray.

  12. 21

    Looking at these pics of your house makes me feel so relaxed! Everything is simple, uncluttered and the colors are so calming. I’d have to make a lot of changes to get my house looking like this, but I love the feel and look of it.

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