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.
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.
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.
A woven trunk that looks like an oversize picnic basket adds hidden storage to this living room and doubles as a coffee table.
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.
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.
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.
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.