Do you have storage challenges around your house? I’ll show you how I make the most of my antique and vintage cabinets by providing simple storage solutions.
A Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop
I’m joining some blogging friends today for a fun blog hop, hosted by one of my favorite bloggers, the talented, Cindy of County Road 407. A Lifestyle of Love is where we take a specific theme every other month and share how we use it in our homes and lives. This month is all about vintage cabinets and hutches and I’m sharing the many ways I use my cabinets for simple storage solutions.
If you’re coming from Emily of Le Cultivateur, welcome! I’m so glad to have you here! Don’t you love how Emily styles her decor? She has the best vintage collections!
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Antique & Vintage Cabinet Simple Storage Solutions
If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that the 1,600 square foot beach house we live in has very limited storage space. Obviously, spaces for storage were not a priority back in 1920.
So let’s start with the definition of a cabinet: a piece of furniture with shelves or drawers that is used for storing useful things or showing decorative things.
When the perfect antique or vintage cabinet comes along, I celebrate! Here are a few of the pieces we are using now to help with our storage issues.
Storing My Quilts
What do you do when you don’t have a linen cabinet? If you have a fabulous vintage glass cabinet like this, you use it to display your quilts and blankets. It’s a “two birds with one stone” kind of thing, right? A storage solution AND a way to show off your beautiful quilt collection.
Storage for Seasonal Décor
My copper top cabinet is a new purchase from a couple of weeks ago. It has given us a space to store some off-season décor that I’m not using. Doesn’t it look amazing in the living room? Most of my vintage cabinets are tall, so having a shorter piece really balances out the room.
Vintage Kitchen Cabinet
This vintage cabinet was painted orange the first time I saw it and was the first thrift store find I ever purchased, about 15 years ago.
Can you believe how perfectly it fit in the space? As if it was meant to be, don’t you think? And it offers quite a bit of storage space for my kitchen appliances and dishes.
My 100-Year-Old Antique Built-In
Have you ever found a vintage or antique piece of furniture that just speaks to you? That’s exactly what this 100-year-old cabinet did to me, and the best part was that it was already waiting for me the day we moved in.
Not only is finding space to store belongings a challenge in my home but so is finding a balance for furniture placement. Our bedroom is SO TINY! We basically have enough room for a bed and nightstand. This built-in solved our storage problems and we used it in place of a dresser.
Here’s how the cabinet looked when we first moved in. See how we made it into the perfect built-in.
A Place to Display my Ironstone
This cabinet isn’t necessarily vintage, but I’m sharing it with you because it’s been a great solution to store my vintage china and Ironstone collections.
More Vintage Dishware Inspiration From my Friends
Now it’s time to see how my friend Cindy of County Road 407 displays her vintage beauties in an old farmhouse hutch. And don’t forget to check out the rest of the ideas below!
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- How to Repurpose a Vintage Window Into a Cabinet
- How to Show Off Your Garden Flowers Using Thrift Store Finds
- Why We Fell in Love With Our 100-Year-Old Beach House
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Mary from Life at Bella Terra says
Kim, I love all your cabinets. Attractive and functional too! Necessity is the mother of invention and it is apparent you have solved your square footage issue with lovely, charming, storage solutions. Thanks for sharing.
Linda Johnston says
Love this post. your rooms are so prett. i like your copper top buffet. amazing how those long pieces with drawers and doors can add to your storage.
You have collected quite a number of cabinets, each with their own unique personal style to add the cottage charm to your little home!
Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says
Kim, you have so many great collections and they look perfect in your cabinets. I love the way you have the quilts displayed, and that kitchen cabinet looks like it was made for that space. The built-in in your bedroom looks that and ideal solution to the challenges of a small room. Love all of it! ~ Angie
Lora Bloomquist says
Loved seeing all your storage cabinets, Kim! They certainly are a way to embrace storage and display when you’re space (& closet) challenged! The built in in the bedroom is indeed my fave; love the primitive style and that you put it in your bedroom!
Every single cabinet is perfect and oh my the newest copper top beauty looks perfect there! But my favorite has to be the “built-in” hutch in your bedroom. I love the look of that. Makes everything seem so charming. Not that you needed it. It’s all fantastic! Going to check out how you did it now. Thank you for joining us. Love each cabinet. I am on the hunt now for one to store my quilts too. Aaaaaaahhh! I love it! Pinned.
Christy @ Our Southern Home says
You know that I adore your home! I just love all these little looks into the cabinets used to organize, store and display your treasures.
Michelle @ The Painted Hinge says
I love how your hutches in your home are both functional and beautiful! I love your kitchen hutch – both the color of it and how you have it styled! Your blanket hutch is a great idea to store and display blankets. And I love, love love your built-in hutch in your bedroom – that was a great idea to save space but still have a gorgeous hutch in your small bedroom!
Debra Oliver says
You have some amazing cabinets and cupboards, Kim. I love the fact that they’re each so different. That turquoise cutie is an attention grabber. Love all your displays. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!
Thank you, Debra! After reading your blog I want to change one of them out seasonally as you do. It’s such a great idea.
It looks beautiful! Love the vintage cabinet! xo
Thank you, Stacy!
Such great storage ideas, Kim! I love how perfectly these pieces fit into your home and how you have them serving a dual purpose too. They’re all beautiful. We’re always looking for storage ideas so this post was really helpful. Thinking of you this weekend and hoping your planting celebration is a special one, CoCo
Thank you CoCo, I’m so glad you liked them. And I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the kind thoughts. Thank you goodness for garden therapy. Hugs to you my friend.
I so much enjoyed seeing all of your antique and vintage cabinets so beautifully styled. You definitely have figured out how to use those cabinets for much-needed storage that also is a beautiful display.
Thank you, Paula! They are lifesavers,