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