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20 Breathtaking DIY Vintage Decor Ideas

20 Breathtaking DIY Vintage Decor Ideas

If you are like most of us, you love getting great deals at flea markets and yard sales. You can find some really interesting stuff, including a lot of neat vintage things. But the questione is: what to do with your flea market finds? Here are some tips to help you put those items to really good use:

1. Get Colorful

Take some of those old items and give them new life with a bit of paint. Spray paint some items in bold colors, and display them. Hint: Use bright colors to really make these items come to life.

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    2. Fancy Candelabras

    Everyone loves candles, but the same old candle holders from stores get boring after a while. Try using an old chandelier, turned upside down as a nice candelabra.

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      3. Show Off Coffee Mugs

      Use an old battery rack to create a cute display for your favorite coffee mugs (such as a collection of flea market mugs).

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        4. Transform a Room

        You can fill up a room with your flea market goodies so every time you walk into the room you feel like you are stepping back in time. Try stacking some old trays, displaying figurines, or showing off a collection of vintage kitchen items. Add unusual duvet covers and check out Vintage Maya to get the ideas.

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          5. Have Fun in the Bathroom

          Replace the garbage can with a large retro can, or replace your sink with an old soda cooler.

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            6. Get Organized

            Use old Mason jars, milk bottles, etc. as vases, pencil holders, and more.

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              7. Decorate with Shutters

              Turn old shutters into works of art for your walls by hanging them or leaning them against the walls.

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                8. Add Shelving

                Use old boards to create awesome vintage shelves for books, knickknacks, and more.

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                  9. New Uses for Old Doorknobs

                  You can find some really beautiful old doorknobs, which can be used as coat hangers, picture holders, curtain hooks, and more.

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                    10. Window Art

                    Hang old windows as artwork. If you have an old French door, you can hang it sideways, add a few coat hooks, and fill the sections with your favorite photos.

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                      11. Dining Room Décor

                      Use an old water filter to create a unique accent piece in your dining room.

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                        12. Anything Goes for Candles

                        You can turn just about anything into a candle holder with a bit of imagination. Try using a meat grinder for an interesting dining table display, or use deep fryer baskets for outdoor luminaries.

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                          13. Playing Games

                          If you have old board games, they make really cool artwork for your walls, and you don’t have to worry if you are missing any pieces.

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                            14. Kitchen Storage

                            Use a vintage grocery store scale instead of baskets for storing fruit and bread.

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                              15. Create Storage Space

                              Old suitcases are great for storing things you aren’t currently using. They can be used for filing, craft supplies, and more.

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                                16. Hang a Bottle Opener

                                You can have a boring bottle opener sitting in your cutlery drawer, or you can have a cool, vintage opener attached to a wall, or better yet, to a vintage wooden table.

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                                  17. Crate Drawers

                                  Place old wooden crates on shelves, and voila, instant drawers for storage.

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                                    18. Keep Magazines Neat

                                    Use an old apple-picker’s pouch to keep magazines in one place. This is also a great place to keep remote controls.

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                                      19. Eliminate Clutter

                                      A vintage tool box is ideal to use as a spice jar rack. Another idea is to use a tool box as a desk organizer.

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                                        20. Play with Old Toys

                                        While many old toys are expensive, damaged ones are pretty cheap. Use old toy trucks as a holder for the TV remote, or turn game pieces into fridge magnets. This is your chance to have fun with your creativity.

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                                          Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                          3. Upgrade yourself

                                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                          4. Talk to a friend.

                                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                          8. Have a quick nap.

                                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                          10. Find some competition.

                                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                          11. Go exercise.

                                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                          12. Take a good break.

                                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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