Amp up the storage in your home by reusing flea market finds. Whether you're making a shelving unit out of wood crates or reclaiming an old baker's rack, vintage furniture can easily add extra space for storing household items.
Salvage old dresser drawers and turn them into handy underbed storage. Here's how!
Thinking beyond the item's original purpose to see how it can serve today's needs is key to spotting genius flea market storage. Here, hand-stenciled trunks -- complete with stemware collections -- may have been used to transport drinking glasses to the Colonial-Era Belgian Congo. Now, they provide bedroom storage.
Organize small papers and trinkets inside pretty dishware, such as gravy boats. These shapely vessels add a layer of charm to any vignette and corral small items that can sometimes go wayward.
Storage units found at your local flea market can transform into modern additions in your home with a few easy steps. Simply add a new glass top, such as the one added to this old Laundromat cart, and attach casters to transform the furniture into an eye-catching display piece.
A weathered porch post and flea market doorknobs make a one-of-a-kind jewelry holder with vintage style. Fasten old-fashioned doorknobs at varying heights to provide the perfect space for necklaces and bracelets to hang.
Pile blankets into a vintage wooden wagon to put the warm throws within easy reach of seating places. The wagon can also be used to hold firewood, children’s toys, or other household items.
Corral the typical back-door clutter of an active family by screwing heavy-duty wire baskets into a mudroom wall. These old milk crates, which were purchased when an old dairy was closing, are great for holding sports equipment and winter accessories. The open baskets also allow dirt to fall through, making cleanup a cinch because vacuuming the floor is a lot quicker than cleaning individual bins.
Vintage suitcases create mini closets for stashing office or craft supplies. Strip, clean, and decoupage the insides. Replace broken handles with belts or ribbons.
This cleverly designed daybed was made using two matching full-size wooden doors. One door was cut in half vertically to form the two long sides; the other uncut door became the base for the cushion. Panels for the two short ends were constructed for this project, but they could be cut from a third door. After nailing the five sides together, add bun feet, prime, paint, and top with a ticking-stripe mattress.
Old ornate metal heating vents are too pretty to leave collecting dust, so press them into service as nifty wall-mount newspaper racks. Attach a vent to the wall with screws for instant storage.