Repurposed Shelving

vintage dollhouse used as shelves storage cubbies in laundry roomFinding alternative uses for every day items personalizes our homes.

Repurposing means taking an object and using it in a different way than originally intended.  We all know it’s the “green” thing to do but many of us don’t do it to save the trees.  It’s done to express creativity, to be unique and avoid mass market items.  One of the cutest repurposing ideas I’ve seen was taking a gently loved dollhouse and using its cubbies for storage in this laundry room.  A miniature armoire hangs nearby, used as a key box.

vintage wooden crates used as wall shelves for displaying a horse collectionAbout the time our youngest moved into her new home, I ran across this clever idea.  Vintage wooden crates are simply stacked, creating display space.  Lacking a local source for multiple crates, I file this idea away for future reference.

vintage wooden ladder used as a bookshelfA vintage wooden ladder has visual appeal as a bookshelf.  It’s the perfect touch above an artist’s workbench.

For other repurposing ideas, be sure to read Repurposed Wooden Boxes and Classic Trends in Decorating.

(Sources: Holly Mathis Interiors, Country Living, Poetic Home)

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18 Responses to “Repurposed Shelving”

  1. Pam February 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    I love the repurposed dollhouse! So cute!

  2. Messy Missy February 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    Love the dollhouse shelves. I would love it if you would link this up to my blog party, A Marvelous Mess!! One project from each party will be featured on my sidebar for a week!! Here is the link:
    http://marvelouslymessy.blogspot.com/2011/02/marvelous-mess-2.html

  3. Beckie February 27, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    Loved all the ideas, especially the dollhouse.

  4. emily February 28, 2011 at 2:48 am #

    I seriously LOVE the ladder turned into a bookshelf. It is such a cute and super creative idea.
    -emily
    http://www.nestnestingnested.blogspot.com

  5. laxsupermom February 28, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    Love these ideas! How many of us have those precious dollhouses that we just can’t give away? Not me, because I just have boys, but my BFF does, and I’m sending her this link. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions February 28, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    Very clever ideas! I like the stacked crates.

  7. april February 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    that DOLLHOUSE idea is SO SWEET.
    i wish my laundry room could be so cute.
    :)
    Happy Met Monday!

  8. Alison February 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    Hi Allison,
    Love this post on unusual shelving.
    I need to think more “out of the box” .
    Some people are so creative that way.
    For me it is an effort!
    Great article~
    Alison :)

  9. Pam February 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    I’m loving the ladder shelf. Neat idea. They even have a dust broom on the top of it.

  10. Linda Queen February 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Really loving these ideas, so outside the box! Especially love the doll house too.
    Linda

  11. traci February 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    I love these ideas! Especially the dollhouse. So original and unique. Definitely adds a lot of character.
    Thanks for inviting me over!
    Blessings,
    Traci

  12. Allison February 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    Thanks for dropping by. When I found the dollhouse photo, I knew I had to use it somehow. A beat up, painted ladder would be great too.

    Allison

  13. sunny109(Dianna) February 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    Hi! Now that is creative and original. The Dollhouse repurposed is GREAT! The tiny details you put into that are amazing. wow! I also really love the ladder storage concept. too. I’m always putting stuff in the one hanging in the garage! :)

  14. Cindy @ vintageculler February 28, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    Great ideas! I have never seen a ladder hanging sideways to be used as a bookshelf. Genius!

  15. Ivette March 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    That is SO cool! All of it!

  16. the cape on the corner March 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    that ladder is such a neat idea!

  17. antiquechase March 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    Awesomeness here!!!

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