Welcome to another edition of Farmhouse Friday where we discuss all things farmhouse and old. Today on the agenda is Farmhouse Storage Ideas.
Because if you've got stuff . . . you gotta have some place to hide it when company comes over.
Five of my favorite storage ideas are:
It's not like you're actually going to take these vintage suitcases on a plane or anything, so when you collect them you might as well use them for storage, right?
These are filled with vintage tablecloths and my fabric stash. Yes, I do occasionally fire up the sewing machine and do a bit of sewing.
Tip Of The Day: If you find a vintage suitcase that is a little musty, I have had luck with leaving a box of baking soda (I like the ones they make for the fridge that the little sides pop off) in it for a few days to absorb the stank. I've also heard via Pinterest (and all things on Pinterest are true) that kitty litter works the same way.
Vintage Picnic Baskets
I find vintage picnic baskets ALL THE TIME at thrift stores and yard sales and I have never paid over $5 for one and most of the time it's more in the $2-$3 range. These ones are Redmon, which was a pretty large maker of picnic baskets back in the day.
I actually have around 10 picnic baskets now and I'm pretty sure I'll find another one when I go to a church rummage sale later today. Church rummage sales are picnic basket nirvana.
I like picnic baskets for storage because they have handles so you can tote them all around the house. These have various seasonal decor items tucked away in them.
Toolboxes and Totes
I started collecting toolboxes, totes and metal tins a few years ago. I try to buy the non-greasy, not actually ever been used in a grimy garage kind.
I suppose they might not be hard core "farmhouse", but in my mind they cross over from industrial to farmhouse to eclectic to I-gotta-have-them.
These toolboxes are on a weird built in shelf in my office/craft room and hold all my old family photos in them.
I've also used toolboxes in the garden as planters (it's best to drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage), to store gardening tools on the porch and also in my kitchen to corral all the electronic devices that have taken over my life.
Cheese Boxes (or any wooden boxes for that matter)
My sister was a hard core cheese box collector. Hard. Core. She probably had close to thirty of them lined up on a shelf that went all the way around her kitchen.
This cheese box sets on my desk as a file folder holder. It's one of the larger 5 pound cheese boxes from her collection.
Rotating Metal Bins
Ever since I showed you the metal bin that I bought at Harbor Freight in my Industrial Rotating Hardware Bins For Less post, I have been in love with this puppy. They are great for having things super duper handy on your desk, craft area or kitchen. But, what they don't tell you (and I will) is that they are CUTE!
I smile every time I walk past this thing! Plus I want to spin it, so there's THAT!
You have so many cute things Pam, and what is better than things that are cute AND can be storage?! Thanks for the inspiration! ~Megan
Hi, Pam ~ This is the first Farmhouse Friday post I've read, and I'm officially addicted! I love the idea of using picnic baskets for storage and style. In fact, there's a church rummage sale in town this weekend. You KNOW I'll be there! I also love vintage-but-never-used tool boxes. They're always so chippy and beat up. I'm also a huge lover of vintage lunch boxes for storage and style. Thanks for the great post!
Lisa Batten Kunkleman
Well, you've messed me up. I've been in "clear out before you leave your children with all this stuff to tend to" mode. My husband and I have been collectors forever and it appears we are not alone. If one reads many articles, books, or blogs on simplification and organization, words like toss, recycle, donate appear much more often than collect, repurpose, and show the world all your "stuff." It's nice to see you and your followers appreciating old things and actually using them. You've shared some terrific ideas. Thanks. Aaaaaa there goes some guilt right out the window beside my bookshelves packed with hundreds of alphabetized by author books. My own organiziation stuff.