A wooden spoon isn't just for cooking with these clever solutions.
Stash loose change and errant buttons in the glass vessels. (Bonus points to the brand for its cheery gingham lids.)
We highly recommend this DIY hack for craftaholics. Screw small cup hooks into the back on each side. Thread rolls of ribbon over dowels and place dowels in hooks.
Most authentically vintage signs are metal, so use the real deal if you want magnets to stick. (Check out for a fun sign selection!)
Cut a hole in the basket bottom (pruning shears will do the trick) and add a pendant light kit. Tape off and spray-paint a stripe, if desired.
What you'll need: pendant light kit ($20, )
Affix a plywood board across rungs with screws. (Tip: A work desk should be roughly 30 inches tall.)
Drill a 3/8-inch hole in the bottom center of each tin (we used three of varying sizes). Insert a 3/8-inch threaded rod through the holes, using nuts and bolts to hold the tins at the desired heights. To provide clearance for the washer and bolt on the bottom, glue the lid of the bottom tin, right side up, to the bottom. Wrap the rod with twine.
Secure a Chinese checkers board to a wood round and replace existing seat by attaching with screws.
It'll serve double-duty as a shelf and a drying rack. (Secure with eye hooks and thick twine or chain.)
Cut a piece of foam board to fit the face, then cover it with a salvageable section of a tattered vintage quilt. Secure the quilt to the back of the board with a staple gun.
Wrap hangers in 1/2-inch strips of scrap fabric. Use a dab of hot glue to keep ends in place.
What you'll need: Huggable Hangers ($30 for 40, )
Cookie jars are good for storing more than sweet treats.
Get the look: glass 1 gallon penny jar ($7, )
Early 20th-century bottles, from Sandusky, Ohio-based Sweet Valley Products Co., are particularly spot-on for laundry room decor.
Insert curtain no-sew grommets to make it easily hangable.
What you'll need: curtain grommets ($12 for 8, )
Secure a vintage crate sideways to the wall with screws for easy storage.
Place strong mini magnets on the inside of the tins, then fill with everyday essentials.
Choose jars with wide mouths for easy scooping and filling.
Flip the tool caddy upside down and hang with eye hooks from the ceiling. Add shower hooks over the handles to hang pots.
Fold towel in half and stitch sides to create a pretty "pocket," then clip to twine with clothespins and fill with garden clippings. (Wrap garden clippings in a damp paper towel and plastic wrap before placing them inside.)
Secure a length of twine to the bottom of the globe stand with a knot and slip twine through paper towel roll. Then secure with a slip knot to the top of the stand.
Tie a vintage batch of cookbooks tightly together with twine and insert knives between the pages. Note: Never put wet knives away—allow them to dry before slipping into books.
The galvanized metal surface is magnetic, which makes this old-fashioned tool perfect for posting up papers. Use a simple picture hanger to mount it to the wall and attach cheerful magnets to keep track of notes, cards, and receipts.
Find it fast: Washboard,
Rethink your exit strategy! Hung from bright yellow hooks ($14 each; ) and personalized with wooden letters, these wicker baskets (a mix of picnic and fishing) transform mudroom chaos into calm.
Find it fast: Baskets,
From discarded kitchen utensils to cast-off farm supplies, these old finds make for one smart workspace.
1. Turn berry baskets into bins: Hung on adhesive plastic hooks, farmers' market produce baskets organize supplies and free up counterspace.
2. Turn a spring into a note station: File away papers and gift tags in a colorful compression coil.
3. Turn flower frogs into desk supply organizers: These ceramic and metal ones store pens upright and business cards within reach.
4. Turn a chicken feeder into a spool holder: No need to keep your best-loved twine cooped up in a drawer. A chicken trough's feeder holes make a sweet roosting spot for these colorful crafting supplies. (Ours is sitting atop a crate for extra height.) Find it fast: Galvanized chicken feeder trough, ($26, )
5. Turn wooden spoons into ribbon wranglers: Hung with drapery rod brackets, this kitchen staple gives order to unruly spools of ribbon.
6. Turn fishing rods into wrapping paper dispensers: Use a handsaw to trim cane fishing poles (or any wooden pole) to desired lengths, then hang with drapery rod brackets.
No more trips back and forth to the garden shed. With its dividers still intact, this rustic soda crate is ideal for toting around supplies, like 1 3/4-inch terra-cotta pots, bulbs, seed packets, and clippers.
Find it fast: Crates,
We repurposed odds and ends from tag sales and flea markets to create the ultimate tidy junk drawer. Here's how:
1. Turn yardsticks into drawe dividers: Map out designated zones so you'll know how long to make each section. Use a handsaw to cut 1-inch square yardsticks into pieces with corresponding lengths. Stack two of each length to create 2-inch-high dividers; affix with hot-glue.
2. Turn gelatin molds into supply compartments: Rein in wayward items (such as rolling batteries) in these tin containers. (Mason jar lids will also do the trick.)
3. Turn wooden spools into cord keepers: Don't let wily cords wind you up. Instead, tightly curl them around antique bobbins. Find it fast: Bobbins,
4. Turn a muffin tin into a small-parts holder: No more digging around for push pins or paper clips, thanks to this mini muffin tin, spray-painted a cheery bright blue. (Note: Painted muffin tins are no longer food-safe.)
Here's how to earn an A+ in organization: Catalog food storage containers with vintage flashcards—a nostalgic nod to childhood school days. Affix the cards to glass jars with decorative washi tape and metal crates with miniature clothespins. Fill to the brim with your favorite goodies.
FIND IT FAST: Vintage flashcards,
These gussied-up "shelves" free up bathroom drawers and counterspace, offer easy access to extra towels and toiletries, and add peppy color to boot. Just choose boxes that are 10 to 12 inches deep and nail the backs to the wall.
Find it fast: Hatboxes,