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Salvaging vintage accessories and furniture can score big when it comes to combining style and storage potential. Check out these clever ways to repurpose old furniture and accessories for added storage.
Incorporating retro accents into your home is as easy as pulling in one focal piece. This refurbished table blends old and new with fresh white paint and a granite top. Two added shelves create optimal storage potential.
Display collectibles in old apothecary and candy jars around your house. These jars are also perfect for storing bathroom essentials such as cotton swabs, cotton balls, bath salts, and more.
It's unlikely you have an old chicken feeder in your possession, but this weathered and unusual piece is a multitalented find in flea markets. These feeders can hold everything from flower vases to dishware to DVDs and CDs.
Turn salvaged decorative molding into a shelf and bring display space and architectural character to a room. Even a small piece can make a big statement when positioned at eye level.
Put old mailboxes to work in your entryway, organizing mail and homework while creating a charming wall display. Allow kids to personalize their mailboxes with paint and other embellishments.
Put a birdbath to work as a tub-side table, holding bath soaps, salts, and hand towels. Made of heavy vinyl, this copper-look birdbath is impervious to moisture, so it's safe to splash around.
Breathe new life into an old porch railing by transforming it into an instant mail organizer. Whether you hang it from the wall or position it on a table or desk, the slats keep letters, postcards, and bills neat and within easy reach.
Furniture-look vanities are all the rage in bathroom design. Before you drop an antique dresser into your neighborhood's garage sale, consider converting it into a bathroom vanity. Give the new vanity a friendly facade by removing the bottom drawers and inserting labeled baskets instead.
Create an entryway shelf plus coat rack by repurposing a pair of old shutters and wooden brackets. If you don't have extra brackets sitting around your home, you can find them at an architectural salvage shop. Simply sand, prime, and paint the shutters and brackets, then attach them with screws while they're positioned at a 90-degree angle. Attach coat hooks along the bottom.
Made for showing off cupcakes or fruit, this tiered wire rack is a premium antique find. Modernize the look (and add storage space) by using the piece to house clear juice glasses.
Keep track of the elusive remote control as well as DVDs and CDs by converting an old wire dish drainer into a coffee-table catchall.
Turn antique kids' chairs into food-and-water stations that stand at just the right height for your four-legged friends. Simply cut bowl-size holes in the chair seats, lining the edges with rubber weather strips to prevent slipping.
This vintage banana crate adds a splash of personality to this otherwise neutral room. Raising the crates to waist level makes the storage space more accessible.
Make the most of your wall space and give an old cupboard a modern update by mounting it and placing coordinating vases on its upper shelf.
No need to buy an expensive wine bucket for entertaining. Repurpose an old galvanized pail for a charming wine and beverage bucket. Just make sure the bucket is free of leaks. Suspend the pail from a birdcage hanger with a heavy, stable base for added appeal.
Turn an old metal wastebasket into a fireside log holder. This particular wastebasket is see-through, allowing the natural colors and textures of the wood to stand out.