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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 January 21, 2020

                                          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                          Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                          your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                            Why You Need a Vision

                                            Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                            How to Create Your Life Vision

                                            Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                            What Do You Want?

                                            The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                            It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                            Some tips to guide you:

                                            • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                            • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                            • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                            • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                            • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                            Some questions to start your exploration:

                                            • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                            • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                            • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                            • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                            • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                            • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                            • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                            • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                            • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                            • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                            • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                            It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                            What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                            Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                            A few prompts to get you started:

                                            • What will you have accomplished already?
                                            • How will you feel about yourself?
                                            • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                            • What does your ideal day look like?
                                            • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                            • What would you be doing?
                                            • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                            • How are you dressed?
                                            • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                            • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                            • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                            It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                            Plan Backwards

                                            It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                            • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                            • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                            • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                            • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                            • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                            • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                            • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                            • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                            • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                            Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                            It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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