Use some old glass chandelier lampshades to create a cute centerpiece. Choose matching lampshades, or mix it up with different ones. Wash them, dry, and add coats of paint if you’d like. Place them upside down on a strip of wood and place tea candles inside of them to create a unique centerpiece in your home.
Yet another great flea market find! This used to be a chicken feed bin. You can leave it the way it is, to keep the rustic feel, or you can paint and decorate. You can use it to organize kitchen items, office supplies, perfumes and makeup, washcloths, etc. You can set it on your counter top/desktop or dresser, or even hang it on the wall for some extra vertical organization.
The longer one shown above is a slightly different kind of chicken feed bin. Use it as a table runner to add a unique centerpiece to hold decorative rocks and vases of flowers. You could also use this as a dish holder for decorative plates, mail sorter storage, or even to hold DVDs.
For the most part, heating & air-conditioning has become more modern, leaving those beautiful and ornate metal vent covers to collect dust in basements, attics, or trash bins. But if you happen to stumble upon one, here are two nifty ideas to display their beautiful design.
Screw one into your wall to hold magazines, newspapers, mails, file folders, or stationary. This particular one was placed outside on a porch to hold the daily newspaper, but you can easily bring it into your home. Feel free to paint the grate if you desire, or just leave it naturally rustic.
Another idea for these beautiful vents is to screw them onto the rungs of an old ladder. You can use the vents as ornate shelves on the ladder. Perch the ladder against the wall of your craft room, living room, home office, bedroom, bathroom, screened-in back porch, or to hold dishes in your kitchen. Add some white Christmas lights around the rungs legs of the ladder for an added decorative touch.
Flea markets are the best, hands down. There’s nothing quite like waking up early in the morning and heading to the closest flea market to get the best deals. And this bird cage was the best flea market find. Spruce it up a bit if it’s too dirty, or even paint it to match your décor. Then use it as mail or stationary storage station. Add rungs and particle board to create tiny shelves if necessary, and use clips or hooks to add storage for scissors.
Use a three tier basket to organize craft supplies (such as ribbons or bows), makeup and accessories, or office supplies. You can use rustic antique ones, paint some to match your decor, or purchase some modern designs. Not only do organize your materials easily, they look great sitting on your dresser, bathroom counter, or desktop.
This is cute AND functional. I never would have thought of this! I have a few old toothbrush holders lying around because almost ALL of the toothbrushes I buy these days don’t fit into your typical toothbrush holder. They’re all electronic and huge these days! Instead of letting them collect dust, you can re-use these toothbrush holders as pencil holders on your desktop. As many designs as toothbrush holders come in these days, you should have no trouble finding the perfect one to match your décor. And you can use a matching soap dish to store small supplies, post-it notes, or business cards. You can even place one a toothbrush pencil holder next to your home phone with a notepad in the soap dish for easy access when you need to write down a phone number or message.
This is the perfect solution for cluttered kitchens, especially if you have a closed-off pantry where you can stash the organizer so it’s not out in the open (but with how cute it is, you just might want to show it off!). You can neatly label each clear pocket of this shoe organizer to keep all of your odds and ends. There’s a pocket for straws, extra silverware, place mats, measuring cups, cupcake holders, and utensils.
Here are some great storage solution ideas using baking supplies. You can use some old baking tins (or purchase some nice cheap ones) to hold mail, papers, and other supplies in a small drawer or on your desktop. Use some old cardboard egg holders or silicone cupcake holders to keep track of smaller supplies & spare change. The great thing about the silicone cupcake holders is that the rubbery texture of the cups keeps them from sliding around and spilling out when you open or close the drawers. And one of my favorite ideas (one that I personally use myself) is the muffin tins. You can place these easily inside a desk drawer to organize your things. What I did was spray paint some old muffin tins with a coat or two of turquoise pant and then used small brackets on the walls to hang the muffin tins up to hold office supplies (thumbtacks, paperclips, erasers, staples, etc.). It’s great utilizing your walls instead of cluttering up your drawers or desktop.
The center spindle in blank cd/dvd cases presents a repurposing/storage conundrum to most. Those that think outside the cylindrical container come up with fabulous ideas like this one. Store items that can wrap around the spindle like all those blasted Ethernet and cable cords!