One Dozen Ideas for Vintage Items


I love collecting old items that were once used for a certain duty and taking those things and finding new ways to use them in my home instead of just displaying them on a shelf or somewhere. I found several things around my house and thought I would share some of them to inspire you to use those old items in a new way.

Enamelware breadbox becomes a book or magazine holder in a guest room.

An old olive pot holds my cane collection.

A 10 gallon crock that I paid only $99 for holds birch logs.

Belgian bulb basket holds a fiddle leaf fig.

A log basket holds a throw for those chilly nights.

An enamelware pail holds a house plant.

A French market basket shows off some of my vintage quilts plus they are easy to grab if needed by guests.

A yellow ware bowl becomes a planter

as does this ironstone punch bowl, too.

A lidded basket from Provence and a fishing basket become great storage for my pillow covers and more.

An old tool carrier called "Mule" makes great storage for everyday dishes.

A child's chippy chair is the perfect spot to place a stack of towels in the guest bath.

I finally have a pin it button added to my photos. I sure hope y'all will pin this to your home decor or tips pinterest boards.

I hope I have given you some ideas for using some vintage items you may have on hand or may be on the hunt for.

My son and his family are on their way for a visit this weekend.
Wishing all you moms a very Happy Mother's Day and enjoy the weekend!


  1. I have made a promise to myself to only buy vintage items rather than new, unless absolutely necessary as vintage items have so much more interest, charm and sentiment....Love all the ways you use your pretty vintage items. I recently put lots of cookbooks in my bread your blue one!!! Happy Friday!!!!

  2. I am the same - l even have that same child's chair (different color) in one of our bathrooms!! Happy Mother's Day to you! Enjoy the visit with your son.

  3. Lovely uses for every day items from long ago. Thanks for sharing this inspiring post.

  4. Not only love your creative ideas but love your gorgeous home too! The bread box makes me sigh!!!!

  5. What a great post! Great ideas of how to use all those vintage things we love that add so much charm.
    Have a great weekend, Kim!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  6. Kim,
    I love this idea, I was just in the middle of one of these kinds of posts as well. LOL I love to use old stuff to store and hold new things.... :-) Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

  7. Hi Kim,
    Love all your creative vintage ideas. I always love your baskets. You have some of the best. Happy Mom's Day. Enjoy the week end.

  8. Luv your ideas Kim. I prefer vintage and try and buy them whenever I can and use them in creative ways. Great post!
    Happy weekend!

  9. Hi Kim! Thanks for all the great ideas! I love your style. I've been trying to pin your posts on pinterest with no luck. When I click on your pinterest button, it just takes me to your entire page. Am I doing something wrong? Or is this feature not available on your page? Thanks and Happy Mother's Day!

    1. I don't really have the pin it button that pops up on the pics. I should probably get that added. The way I pin is I have the pin it button added to my bookmarks bar. That way I can pin from any page.

    2. Kathy, I had the pin it button added today. Now you can pin away!

    3. Kathy, I had the pin it button added today. Now you can pin away!

  10. So many great ideas! Love the blue chair!

  11. Great ideas, I especially love all of the baskets.

  12. Love your collection. My favorite is the crock. Happy Mothers day


  13. Wonderful ideas, and I especially love those baskets and the olive pot😍 thank you for sharing Kim! I'll be pinning away!

  14. Great ways to use vintage things for sure Kim. You are a master at it! Have a lovely Mother's day!

  15. I agree. I use one of those big crocs as a trash can in my home office!
    And that crackled paint's rich shade of blue made me happy. xo Leslie

  16. Love the way you use your vintage items Kim! Have a great weekend with your family and Happy Mothers Day!!

  17. Such fun uses for your treasures! I love the interest your vintage items add to your everyday and also for guests to enjoy. Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend with your son! ~julie

  18. Happy Mother's Day to you Kim. Have a lovely weekend and enjoy your son's company!!
    I love the new uses you give to your all your vintage things! Thanks for sharing!!

  19. I love the idea of the bread box as a magazine holder and yours is such a pretty blue!

  20. Lots of fun ideas! Have a great weekend with your family.
    Mary Alice

  21. I love the basket idea for your tree...have a wonderful mothers day!

  22. Love, love, love all your finds. I want to go shopping with you sometime! Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother's Day to you!

  23. Kim, I love using things in unexpected ways. Keeps things fun around the home. Love your bread box and that chippy chair! Happy Mother's Day.

  24. Great repurposing ideas Kim. I am LOVING that chippy chair...holy cow it's gorgeous!