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!

master bedroom refresh!

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

2 things i found surprising about myself: 1) this is the first time i’ve painted our master bedroom since we built the house 8 years ago.  thats a long time for a girl who likes change!  and 2) this is the first time i have ever painted a room white.  like ever.

so what do i think?  i love it!  it is definitely taking some getting used to – i mean, its bright!  i can lay in bed at night with all the lights off and it still seems bright.  the color is called “crisp linen white” by glidden, but i had it mixed into behr marquee paint.  i wanted a warmer white.  if i didn’t go warm, i would’ve gone white with a touch of grey.

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 the color we had before was flax, by restoration hardware (mixed at home depot into a less expensive paint).  i still love that color, but it was time for a change.  besides, this room doesn’t get a ton of natural light so it tended to stay darkish.  that is, until we painted it white and now it sure looks like we get A LOT of natural light in there!

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

i’m big into shopping the house rather than buying all new for a room change.  there’s a couple of reasons for that.  one, i like to change my mind a lot and i would spend a lot of money if i bought all new each time.  and two, i like the look of a room that looks like it evolved over time rather than was styled with all store bought purchases.  for this room change, i think i only bought 4 new items, a couple pillows and 2 new frames.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

this dresser was a hand-me-down from a friend, and i love it!   i am thinking about sanding down the top for more wood showing.  and maybe the drawers?

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

i bought these lamps at target years ago and then swapped out the lampshades sometime in the last year.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

this metal suitcase was a find – vintage or thrift or garage sale…?  right now it holds nothing but i love it so there it sits!  the lucite purse was my grams and it holds some of her goodies inside, a hand held fan, a decorative hair comb, some teeny tiny dressy gloves – this stuff is too pretty to have packed away.  the milk glass vase holds a tube of fancy hand lotion, a pen or 2, and phone/ipad cords and earbuds – i love having these things on hand when i sit in bed (where i’m typing right now).

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

i just moved this big ol’ rug from the living room into here.  its almost too big, but i really like it (from coscto).

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

years ago, like 14 years ago, i went to a garage sale where a painter was selling all her unused frames that she had bought to frame her artwork.  gorgeous elaborate frames for, get this, a dollar each!  needless to say, i bought them all.  i gave lots away but have painted and repainted the ones i kept over and over.  the fancy one in the center of our bed is one of those.

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i taped a little bakers twine to the back of the frame and clipped a small selection of out photo booth pictures there.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

these wood frames are 2 of the new items i just purchased for this room.  they were from target and on clearance for $5.08!  i think it would’ve been wrong to not buy them, don’t you?  a little gold and white wrapping paper made a nice mat for a couple of my favorite instagram pictures of sean and i.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

sean travels a lot for work, but when he’s home he works out of the house in this little corner of our room.  the desk was built by his local company OneSource.  and full disclosure, i scooped up an armload of his desk mess before i took this picture.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

this beautifully textured pillow was another one of my new purchases for the room, from target.  i actually bought it for my living room but love it in here too.  i don’t expect my pillows to stay too long in one place, so it will probably migrate throughout the house soon.  the sheets are my favorite, from target also.  the coverlet was from our wedding.  the euro shams peeking out from behind were from tuesday morning.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

we bought this bed from pottery barn, one of our few “new” purchases in the furniture department.  it was unbelievably/accidentally mismarked in its price in the catalog and we were sure to jump on it before they corrected the error.  i am toying with the idea of selling it.  or painting it.  i have never loved the finish – i was hoping for a wrought iron look rather than this pewter finish.   the folded bedspread is a pretty pin tucked one from target a few years ago, and that pretty knit blanket was a wedding gift made by my gram.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

yes, my jewelry takes up quite a bit of real estate in my room, but its just so pretty!

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

some of my glitzier pieces have made it to the antlers.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

and after several different versions of earring, ring, and bracelet storage, this is my favorite.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

this thrifted tackle box has also moonlighted as a cash box for past stitch markets, but this is its home for good.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

on either side of my dresser are these cabinets we found at the rose bowl flea market.  the seller had ripped them out of a home that was being torn down.  i love the layers of paint and the chippiness.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

that’s my favorite piece in the room ;)  when sean gets tired of sitting at his desk, he gets some back relief using the tall dresser as a standing desk.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

this wall is a bit of a work in progress, but i really like it.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

my bedside table books have migrated to the foot of my bed, alongside routers and modems and whatever those things are that blink lights at me all night long. #lightsleeper

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

sean calls this “grandma’s corner because of the chair and the floral painting above it.  i get it, but imagine that chair in a grey linen!   at least thats what i’ve been doing for the past 6 years.  thankfully, when mama’s happy, sean is happy.  aka he doesn’t really care all that much and knows i do.  the curtains were  from target.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

that adorable print is from barn owl primitives.  kristi is always awesome and sent me a coupon code just for you!  use code POPPY5 for $5 off any art print  from now until saturday, march 7th.

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i’m sure some people could do great things with this chair, but the coral/pink/mauve thing just doesn’t work in here, and i’m tired of covering it with random table cloths.  i figured if i exposed its true color then maybe i’d be more inclined to actually recover it.  we shall see…

and that pillow is my last new purchase for the room, from world market.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

i was the genius who wanted to save square footage and designed a house without hallways.  which means that you can see my room from the front door, the loving room, the kitchen, and the dining room.  awesome.  so i try to make my bed everyday.  sometimes.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

just one more before and after for you.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

aaaah, much better.