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Flea Market Storage Ideas

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.

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    • Double-Duty Trunk

      Employ an old trunk as a coffee table, and you'll get two for the price of one. Not only is it a coffee table, it's the perfect storage spot for stashing blankets, games, and living room extras.

    • Underbed Storage

      Salvage old dresser drawers and turn them into handy underbed storage. Here's how!

    • Hang Tight

      When it comes to storage in the kitchen, think outside the cabinet. A vintage retail display rack is the perfect coffee mug and dish towel holder and adds an interesting focal point to the room.

    • Clever Crockery

      Organize newspapers, magazines, and books inside large stoneware crockery. In this country bedroom, the vessel tucks neatly under an equally rustic nightstand.

    • Think Outside the Box

      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.

    • Stylishly Contained

      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.

    • Shelving Solution

      A stash of old wooden crates is a striking shelving option when looking to amp up wall storage in your home. Purchase the crates at local thrift stores or look online to purchase new versions. Mount into the studs for secure storage. 

    • Repurposed and Renewed

      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.

    • Mixing Looks

      Use a variety of flea market finds and newer furniture to add storage to your home without eliminating the look you love. A store-bought storage basket gets a second life as a coffee table when topped with a vintage breadboard.

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      Jewelry Perch

      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.

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      New Purpose

      An antique wood-and-metal baker’s rack adds an industrial edge and limitless possibilities for storage -- the open shelves can be repositioned to accommodate objects of varying heights. Use it as a way to corral office paperwork, kitchen utensils, and more.

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      Pallet Table

      A table built out of shipping pallets is an easy storage solution for a living room, kitchen, or dining room. Here it’s used as a serving area for hors d’oeurves and desserts while hosting.

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      Utensil Display

      If you have more pitchers or vases than you know what to do with, repurpose a few as handy (and pretty) countertop utensil storage

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      Fly the Coop

      Casters and a glass top transform a vintage chicken coop into a stylish (and storage-friendly) coffee table. Use the cage to simultaneously store collectibles -- such as vintage dishware, antique fabrics, or old books -- and show them off.

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      Wagon Ride

      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.

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      Armoire Organization

      Dress a century-old cabinet with fresh paint and clever add-ins (think new hooks, storage boxes, and drawer organizers) to create a lively upgrade for entryway storage. Use it to corral purses and scarves, miscellaneous storage, and winter wear.

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      Fake a Closet

      When closet space is a must-have, yet nowhere in sight, this easy alternative will give you the storage you need. Mount a freestanding door to the walls in a corner and brace it with wood strips. Use racks and hooks to outfit your new "closet" with functional organizers.

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      Jewelry on Display

      Cleverly adapt items intended for cooking and hosting, such as silverware caddies, compote dishes, servers, muffin tins, sushi plates, and cake dishes, for your jewelry storage. An old frame outfitted with a radiator grill and tiny S hooks corrals hanging accessories. 

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      Hang Baskets for the Mudroom

      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.

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      Fill Vintage Suitcases

      Vintage suitcases create mini closets for stashing office or craft supplies. Strip, clean, and decoupage the insides. Replace broken handles with belts or ribbons.

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      Turn Doors into Furniture

      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.

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      Make Metal Newspaper Racks

      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.

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