Advertising
Advertising

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.

3596219966_b6b6dba437_b

    Image Source: barbara blair

    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.

    2791207053_4a79b7280b_o

      Image Source: Michael Fletcher

      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).

      14282630985_fd04400bcd_b

        Image Source: petits détails

        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.

        4342045979_23fd3b150e_o

          Image Source: Jenn Starr

          Advertising

          5. Have Fun in the Bathroom

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

          4834391716_6770827942_b

            Image Source: Jason Pier in DC

            6. Get Organized

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

            4549483739_1184cd214c_b

              Image Source: Tracy

              7. Decorate with Shutters

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

              7974802611_1df026c6c1_k

                Image Source: Footeprintz

                8. Add Shelving

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

                5464892646_61ca17855b_o

                  Image Source: Matteo Vinati

                  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.

                  Advertising

                  7199478960_35da4106cb_k

                    Image Source: Tim Keith 59

                    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.

                    IF

                      Image Source: TiffanyJane

                      11. Dining Room Décor

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

                      5171950976_dbea653051_b

                        Image Source: Sandy

                        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.

                        3887548719_735ba7b733_o

                          Image Source: Amie Fedora

                          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.

                          Advertising

                          2608161828_8b1ebf2e26_b

                            Image Source: S.T.A.R.

                            14. Kitchen Storage

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

                            7256017886_a0c8c133ed_b

                              Image Source: Light Collector

                              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.

                              8231630770_1bf2f7558c_k

                                Image Source: S Valentine

                                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.

                                4401934806_e632cfcdf6_z

                                  Image Source: VCMonk

                                  17. Crate Drawers

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

                                  11590775026_e52f14eb1b_o

                                     

                                    Advertising

                                    Image Source: Alexandria Carter

                                    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.

                                    12748189834_952e71672f_o

                                      Image Source: ..Ania.

                                      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.

                                      3821203844_85b925aa06_z

                                        Image Source: Katie Smith

                                        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.

                                        14197373789_52ce592fb0_z

                                          Image Source: Stefho74

                                          Featured photo credit: Holly Abston via flickr.com

                                          More by this author

                                          Jane Hurst

                                          Writer, editor

                                          Stay Productive On The Go – The Top 20 Tools For Digital Nomads 10 Great Books to Help You Find the Meaning of Life 30 Makeup Hacks That Will Change Every Girl’s Life 15 Best Brainstorming And Mind-Mapping Tech Tools For Every Creative Mind 10 Apps You Probably Didn’t Know Can Earn You Extra Money

                                          Trending in Home

                                          1 10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home 2 30 Awesome DIY Projects that You’ve Never Heard of 3 5 Reasons Why Tidying Your Room Can Change Your Life 4 25 Really Cool Cat Furniture Design Ideas Every Cat Owner Needs 5 Scientists Discover Why You Should Take Off Your Shoes Before Entering Your Home

                                          Read Next

                                          Advertising
                                          Advertising
                                          Advertising

                                          Last Updated on September 15, 2020

                                          4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

                                          4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

                                          Life changes are constant. Whether it’s in the workplace or our relationships, nothing in life ever remains the same for long.

                                          Regardless of the gravity of change, it can always be a little scary. So scary, in fact, that some people are downright crippled by the idea of it, causing them to remain stagnant through anxiety.

                                          Have you ever noticed how much of life’s transitional periods are riddled with anxious vibes? The quarter life crisis, the mid-life crisis, cold feet before getting married, retirement anxiety, and teenage angst are just a few examples of transitional periods when people tend to panic.

                                          We can’t control every aspect of our lives, and we can’t stop change from happening. However, how we respond to change will greatly affect our overall life experience.

                                          Here are 4 ways you can approach life changes in a positive way.

                                          1. Don’t Fight It

                                          I once heard one of my favorite yoga instructors say “Suffering is what occurs when we resist what is already happening.” The lesson has stuck with me ever since.

                                          Advertising

                                          Life changes are usually out of our control. Rather than trying to manipulate the situation and wishing things were different, try flowing with it instead.

                                          Of course, some initial resistance is natural if we’re going into survival mode. Just make sure you are conscious of when this resistance is no longer serving you.

                                          If you’re feeling anxious about impending life changes, it’s time to practice some techniques to address the anxiety directly. These can include meditation, exercise, talking with friends about how you’re feeling, or journaling.

                                          If you’re worried about a big life change, such as starting a new job[1] or moving in with your partner, do your best to control your expectations. It may help you to talk with people you know about their experiences going through similar changes. This will help you form a realistic picture in your mind of what things will look like post-change.

                                          2. Find Healthy Ways to Deal With Feelings

                                          Whenever we’re in transitional periods, it can be easy to lose track of ourselves. Sometimes we feel like we’re being tossed about by life and like we’ve lost our footing, causing some very uncomfortable feelings to arise.

                                          One way we can channel these feelings is by finding healthy ways to release them. For instance, whenever I find myself in a difficult transitional phase, I end up in a mixed martial arts studio.

                                          Advertising

                                          The physical activity helps me channel my emotions and release endorphins. It also helps me get in shape, which generally increases my mood and energy levels.

                                          Exercise is important in cultivating positive emotions, but if you’re struggling with anxiety in particular, it’s important to cultivate a regular exercise routine as opposed to a one-off workout. One study found that “Aerobic exercise can promote increase in anxiety acutely and regular aerobic exercise promotes reduction in anxiety levels”[2].

                                          If exercise isn’t your thing, there are other, less intense ways of cultivating positive emotions and reducing anxiety around life changes. You can try stretching, meditating, reading in nature, spending time with family and friends, or cooking a healthy meal.

                                          Find what makes you feel good and helps you ground yourself in the present moment.

                                          3. Reframe Your Perspective

                                          Reframing perspectives is a very powerful tool used in life coaching. It helps clients take a situation they are struggling with, such as a major life change, and find some sort of empowerment in it.

                                          Some examples of disempowered thinking during life changes include casting blame, focusing on negative details, or victimizing[3]. These perspectives can make awkward transitional phases much worse than they have to be.

                                          Advertising

                                          Meanwhile, if we utilize a more positive perspective, such as finding a lesson in the situation, realizing that there may be an opportunity for something, or that everything passes, we can come from a greater place of ease.

                                          4. Find Time for Self-Reflection

                                          Having time to reflect is important at any stage in your life, but it’s especially important during transitional periods. It’s quite simple really: we need our time to step back and get centered when things get a little crazy.

                                          As a result, big life changes are perfect for doing some self-reflection. They are opportunities to check in with ourselves and practice getting grounded for a few minutes.

                                          Take a look at this reflective cycle adapted from Glibb’s Self-reflection guide (1988):[4]

                                          Use self-reflection when facing life changes.

                                            Self-reflective exercises include meditating, yoga or journaling,[5] all of which require some quiet time to get yourself together.

                                            Advertising

                                            One study found that journal improves “self-efficacy, locus of control, and learning”[6]. A healthy sense of self-control can make the process of change easier to bear, so that in itself is a great reason to try self-reflection through journaling.

                                            To learn how to start journaling, you can check out this article.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            Big life changes may rock us for a little while, but they don’t have to be as bad as we initially perceive them. If handled in a positive manner, transitional periods can pave the way for some serious self-growth, reflection, and awareness.

                                            Cultivate a sense of positivity and find ways to diminish the anxiety around life changes. Once you make it to the other side, you’ll be grateful that you made it through in the best way possible.

                                            More Tips on Facing Life Changes

                                            Featured photo credit: Alora Griffiths via unsplash.com

                                            Reference

                                            Read Next