Unique Repurposing Ideas for Vintage Finds
If you haven’t guessed, I LOVE thrift shopping. For me, this includes shopping at flea markets, thrift stores, garage sales, and even antique stores. It’s basically any place where you can haggle a bit for used items. Today, I want to share some repurposing ideas for random vintage finds that I have found during recent shopping trips. I have found some great stuff and hope you enjoy these.
Vintage Flower Frogs
Flower frogs, come in handy not only for flowers but for many other things.
Use them for:
- Holding Paint Brushes
- Storing Markers
- As a Jewelry Holder
- For Tooth Brushes (see link above)
Repurposed Rail Road Spikes
These stars were amazing. I immediately stopped in my tracks when I saw them. After some google searches, I realized that they were railroad spikes. They were welded to shape stars. I thought these would make great patriotic décor.
Don’t know how to weld? To make this yourself you can use epoxy putty. Epoxy putty is a moldable putty that can repair or fuse anything made of metal that doesn’t rust. It sets in a few minutes and after an hour, it can be drilled, filed and painted. Here is my affiliate link for epoxy putty. If you purchase it, I will get a commission at no extra cost to you.
Repurposed Spigot & License Plate
This next one is a box made from “junk”; a spigot, vintage license plate, and salvaged wood. For something like this you can:
- Plant flowers or succulents inside and hang it on the side of the house or shed.
- Place a small vase and flowers inside for rustic or farmhouse countertop decor.
- Use as decor in a cabin or lake house
Repurposed Vintage Crate
These are crates turned shelves with some vintage Mason jars displayed inside. The yellow one is a Coca Cola crate.
Hanging Crates on a Wall
- Figure out the desired layout.
- Use a level and pencil to mark the area.
- Use drywall screws and anchors and drill the crate into a stud in the wall.
Upcycled Vintage Nesting Box
I think this is a vintage chicken coop or nesting box. I’m not sure, but the green attracted me.
To clean a piece like this, start with mild soap and water with a soft cloth. If it’s really dirty, take it outside and blow the dirt and dust off with a leave blower.
Use this for:
- Extra storage in an office or craft room
- Clever organization in the kitchen
- Insert baskets for mudroom organization
Repurposed Vintage Cheese Grater
I found some charm in this rusty cheese grater turned photo holder. I liked the little farmhouse vignette. It’s another fun decor idea for a cabin or lake house.
Not necessarily repurposed, but I love these stacked suitcase.
- Grab several and use it as décor/extra storage
- Stack three and make it a TV stand
- Add legs to make a side table
- Remove a side, insert a cushion and make a dog bed
- Get one for each child and place special memorabilia and old toys inside and give it to them when they are older
Love this jewelry made out of an old shutter and mismatched knobs. This would be cute on a vanity in a bedroom.
Use old shutters for:
- Photo Display
- Blanket Ladder
- Organization Board
- Plant Holder
- Mantel Decor
Upcycled Vintage Door
Lastly, this is another simple jewelry display idea. I like that the jewelry is what is showcased. No need for fancy knobs, rather a simple nail works for this.
Repurpose old doors for wood furniture projects like:
- Hall Trees
- Dining, Coffee, and Side Tables
- Potting Bench
- Outdoor Swings
- Chairs and Benches
I hope you found these clever repurposing ideas for vintage finds useful!