From Flea Market Find to Savvy Storage
Storing jewelry out in the open is pretty and practical -- you’re much more likely to accessorize when you can see what you own. Here, an old chip-bag holder from a retail store into was converted into a jewelry holder. Milk glass containers keep bracelets and earrings corralled but accessible.
Fashion a nightstand from vintage crates. Screw four crates together, then cut a top and base from plywood. Working in a well-ventilated area, seal the plywood with polyurethane and let dry. Attach casters to the base and attach the top to the crates. For extra flair, top your new nightstand with a vintage linen.
Take cast-off dresser drawers and turn them into handy underbed storage. Watch and learn how.
Organize your jewelry in a vintage printer's tray. Give the tray a fresh coat of paint, and line the back of the compartments with pretty papers. Screw brass hooks into each compartment to hang baubles. To make space for necklaces and bracelets, use a hammer to remove a few slats.
All Packed Up
Old suitcases have plenty of visual appeal and fit a variety of storage needs. Stack them up for a pretty display and no one will know the attractive vignette actually serves a very practical purpose.
Take a Memo
Turn an industrial metal mesh tray into a handly bulletin board. Mount it to the wall and use magnetic clips to organize papers, keys, and more.
Utilize a ladder to organize linens. Drape towels, tablecloths, and napkins over the rungs. And a bonus to this method: your linens will incur fewer wrinkles than if they were stuffed into a drawer.
Forget about how a piece was used previously and think about how it can serve your needs now. In this living room, steel office file cabinets house books, magazines, and linens and the top provides display space for animal art and vintage encyclopedias.
A woven trunk that looks like an oversize picnic basket adds hidden storage to this living room and doubles as a coffee table.
Heavy-duty metal milk crates become handy catchalls for almost anything when mounted to the wall. Use them in an entry or mudroom to corral sports gear or in a craft room to organize fabrics.
Tuck extra toilet paper or hand towels into an old enamel pot for concealed bathroom storage. The crisp white finish and antique styling will look right at home in a cottage- or vintage-style bathroom.
Hang It Up
Revive old drawer pulls as wall-mount organizers. Use the pulls to hold keys, glasses, and notes attached with curtain clips.
Turn an old toolbox into a modern-day must-have. To create a charging station, drill holes in the back of the box, wide enough for the outlet plugs on your charging cords to fit through. Cut a board to fit inside the box, and drill holes for the cords to fit through. Feed the cords through both sets of holes, tucking the slack beneath the board. Plug in the cords and start charging.
Stepped Up Nightstand
Employ an old step stool as handy bedside storage. Nail boards between the front and back treads to add even more surface storage space for books, your phone, and other bedside essentials.
Turn a tired old buffet that's seen its last dinner party into an entryway organizer filled with purpose.
Grain Bin Buffet
Lend farmhouse charm to your dining room with a grain bin repurposed as a buffet. The deep drawers are suited for storing linens and party staples, such as candles and special occasion china. This piece was topped with a piece of salvaged marble for a dose of elegance.
Everything Has a Story
Create a scene-stealing shelving system by stacking a series of antique benches and anchoring them to the wall. The weathered finish testifies to the benches' colorful past lives and adds a rustic, eclectic character to the space. The unit also provides a place to corral books and display accessories.
What a Dish
Storage and Display
Repurpose a vintage cart as a side table for a living room or entryway. A cart like this can be used as a drink station when entertaining. When outfitted with baskets on the lower shelf, it can be used as a handy entryway organizer and hold seasonal gear, shoes, and more out-the-door essentials.
Corral small crafts and office supplies using a collection of glasses and a vintage drink caddy. The glasses keep everything in its place, and the caddy allows for easy transport of the items from room to room.
Turn a discarded crib spring into a bulletin board. Here, the original frame was cut to transform the spring from a rectangle into a square. The cut edges were then attached to 1x2s. Use metal clips or clothespins to attach business cards, photos, and notes to the wires.
Wheel It Out
Add casters to a simple wood box for easy-to-move storage for almost any purpose. Place the box beneath an entryway console and you have an accessible, but tucked-away, place for shoes.
For your next party buffet, corral silverware into fun containers. Sorted and stored in tin coffee cans, flatware is easy to grab as guests make their way through the buffet line.
Top a vintage worktable with a metal shelving unit to create the ultimate work space. The pairing works well as a potting bench or paperwork desk.
From Dishes to Papers
Now that dishwashers are often a kitchen staple, wire drainers are a bit out of favor. Give one new life as an office storage solution to store file folders. This old item adds character, charm, and utility, making it the perfect display and organization piece for your home office.
Hooked on Storage
Spruce up your entryway with a unique flea market find. This vintage hall tree got a facelift with just a few coats of vibrant turquoise paint. Located in the entry of a cozy beach house, the tree now provides the perfect spot for friends and family to hang their gear as they come in from the nearby beach.
Spice Things Up
Nothing gets lost in the bustle of your kitchen with this metal bin that's been turned into a spice rack. Formerly a chicken feed bin, the rack now keeps cooking necessities organized in plain sight on the countertop and well within reach.
For unique office storage, keep an eye out for a bin that has both cubbies and shelves. Outfitted with glass candy jars, the set of cubbies is the perfect place to organize and store small office supplies. Meanwhile, shallow boxes and baking pans make the shelves great for storing folders and papers. Mount the bin on the wall over your desk for a functional and stylish work center.
For a focal point pot rack with an undeniable rustic flair, suspend a vintage wooden sled above a kitchen island. Hang S hooks from the rails to support your collection of pots and pans. The pot rack not only looks great, it also frees up cabinet space for other kitchen necessities.
Put antique accessories to work as handy storage solutions in your bathroom. Here, an old ladder stands in as a space-saving towel rack, and a large hutch provides display space for pretty soaps and accessories as well as plenty of storage for towels and bathroom necessities.
Now and Then
A vintage wooden jewelry box proves just as useful today as it did in its prime. With a couple simple touch-ups, such as restaining the wood and replacing the knobs, the once-outdated box gets new life. With nine compartments, it offers plenty of space to organize all of your jewelry and accessories.
Color and Character
This workman's hutch, made years ago by an Iowa farmer, provides the perfect spot to store and display dishes and valuables. It was painted green for a splash of color, then sanded down to reveal a bit of the original wood below. Changing the contents frequently keeps the space feeling fresh and fascinating.
This causal space gives a nod to the American collegiate tradition with memorabilia and a collection of vintage sweaters. Old metal lockers add to the feel and provide the perfect place to stash sports gear and board games. Other retro accents, such as the warm red couch and the vintage sports team photos, play off the lockers' old-school vibe.
An aged flea market find makes for an inviting home office in this sunny room. A salvaged desk offers a spacious surface area for work or display and also boasts a roomy drawer for a bit of concealed storage. An old jewelry box accentuates the desk's well-worn charm and provides space for storing office supplies and other small items.
Everything in Its Place
Recycle painted divider boxes into all-purpose organizers that can corral just about any small object. Whether you're organizing in drawers or out in the open, the colorful boxes can round up everything including soap and silverware.