What Would You Do With This Vintage Bin?

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I want to show you the ways I came up with to use a vintage reproduction hardware bin, but also would like to find out how you would use it in your home.

I had originally thought I would use it on my worktable in my studioffice to hold ribbons, glue sticks, and other supplies.I set the box on my kitchen table to open it.

When I took it out of the box and placed it on the table, I knew immediately that I was no longer going to be using it in the studioffice. It was perfect – almost like it was meant to be on the kitchen table and on the lazy Susan I showed you last week that my dad had made.


I went around my kitchen and gathered a few items we use at the table.  I was smitten.  I love the lazy Susan, but did have to be careful that nothing falls off when I move it around to get items from it. No more worry with the added addition of the sectioned hardware bin.

Vintage Decor Shop Painted-Fox-Treasures

Painted Fox Treasures specializes in hand-picked and fabulous farmhouse décor!  The site has pages of unique and high quality items just like this hardware bin that will feel like they have always been a part of your home, your life, and family.

The owners, Christine and Jen will even help you track down that ‘gotta have it…special something’, and will happily special order items for you.


Even though this is a reproduction of a vintage piece, the worn patina and aged metal look and feel like the real thing.The sections in the bin are large enough to hold a few bottles, utensils, or even a vase of flowers.


While I was playing around with styling it, I discovered a surprise bonus…the metal cover around the outside can become a chalkboard!  How cool is that?  A way to change it up on a whim or personalize it for a dinner party.


I was having a good time coming up with other ideas on how to use it …come December it can become a vessel to display my colorful collection of Christmas ornaments.  

I even tied a pretty ribbon around the handle to make it holiday ready.


It is useful and decorative – a winning combination.


Like I said…I was having fun styling it..and changed the ornaments to all white just to see how it would look.


For now, it will be staying on my kitchen table to help organize the items we use every day.

How would you use this vintage reproduction hardware bin in your home?  I would love to hear your ideas.

Summer Drinks

The shop sells everything from teacups to rustic chandeliers to electric arrow signs. Farmhouse style for every room in your home.

Christine and Jen sent me this vintage tea cup, too.  Perfect to enjoy a cup of tea in style while browsing their site.

If you like Rustic or Farmhouse style you will love the items they have curated.


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  1. I would fill it up with tea bags and instant coffee packets. Plus all the packet sweetners and some stirrers.

  2. I totally love. love. love the slatted wood tray…million + uses!!! Thanks for an awesome intro to Painted Fox!

  3. Could use so many of their pieces but would probably go with this same one. So many uses in the home!

  4. I love the Christmas ornament idea! I’d probably use for the souvenir rocks I pick up from Lake Superior. & pinecones I’ve collected from all over. Reminds me of good times…

  5. It’s always fun coming here and seeing what’s new. I love how you always find beauty on a budget!

  6. What great ideas you have for the hardware tray! Would never think of getting something like that until you show all the possibilities! Love the trays and happiness sign! Thanks for showing me how to think outside the box (or tray in this case)!

  7. How cute! I have actually been looking for something like this for my jewerly or even make up! I would love it in the bathroom or on my dresser!!

  8. What a fabulous piece! I have not heard of them before. I am off to check the site out. Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. It would probably go on my craft table, but it might end up on my kitchen table. I’m so impressed that you have so many ornaments handy in June. Mine are tucked away in the attic. I love that use for the tray! Thanks for a chance to win.

  10. I would buy the industrial tin cabinet. All the lighting is amazing especially the orb chandelier!

  11. I would get the Coffee Wood Wall Plaque for me (although I love the Humble sign too; reminds me of Charlotte’s Web!)

  12. Wow! I checked them out & LOVE everything! I wouldn’t mind having the Bulldog Butler, Metal Chandelier, Wire Wall Shelf w/hooks, etc..

  13. There are so many things which I would Love to have!!! I am in love with the metal rolling cart, the glass butter dish, the glass dryer, the cow sign……SIGH. I could drop some serious cash here!!! :-)

  14. What wouldn’t I buy! Its all beautiful, but I love the french inspired nesting baskets!

  15. I can see this sitting on my dresser holding large pieces of jewelry, i.e. necklaces that tend to get tangled. It would be great to give them their own slot to rest in tangle free! Vikki in VA

  16. So much to choose from. I love the grey mantel clock. I could definitely find a place in my home for that beauty!

  17. i’d like the glass butter dish and the vintage tackle box and then for my sister the dog biscuit tin.

  18. Oh, so hard to choose what to buy! But I do believe i’d buy the It is well picture, What a Wonderful World, plus the butter dish. If I had the budget I’d buy several more items. :)

  19. Oh I am so in love with the distressed metal black metal tray! I may just have to use my own money to buy it!!!

  20. I would buy something to keep my yarn in, just a small stash to display. The again something to store my papercrafting tools in. OMG! So much to choose from and yet so many ideas!

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  21. I am in love wih the 3 tier capiz chandelier! I would have to apply my gift card toward that if I won. Also I wanted to let you know that the “pin this image” link doesn’t work. No image appars, and if you try to pin it anyway pinterest tells you it’s an invalid image. : )

  22. I love the piece and the versatility it sports.

    * When I first saw it I thought of a paint carousel. Then, I quickly saw other uses for it: One could line the individual trays and use it as a food caddy (crackers, fruit, veggies; even a variety of candies/cookie/nuts). Candies/nut caddy would be fun for an ice cream party.
    * One could also use it as a makeup caddy. My makeup bag is always a mess.

    I think I would sand it a bit more, maybe even paint it if it wasn’t real wood. If it is real wood, maybe stain it to bring out its grain and richness.

  23. Love this! I would have one in the kitchen and one in the craft room. Thank you also for the chance at the giveaway.

  24. That is adorable! I would use it either on my kitchen counter to hold salt and pepper shakers, utensils, etc., OR in my bathroom to hold hair products and accessories, etc. Love it! :)

  25. I love it!! The things on our lazy Susan get a bit jumbled, and this would be the perfect way to organize them. Plus, it is just so pretty!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. I have quite a large vintage ornament collection. Cute display! I could also find a spot for this in my craft room year ’round!

  27. I would use it on my desk! Add some pretty little containers inside for a fun display of ho-hum office supplies!

  28. What cute and fun stuff on the website, so many good things… I’m going there AGAIN next after I leave here!

  29. As soon as I saw this I thought “wow, that would be great in my craft room”. Love the ideas you came up with, especially on the lazy susan.

  30. I like to host craft parties for my nieces and nephews and I could see this holding all the supplies at the table and when not there it would blend into the kitchen perfectly. Love vintage items, will go check out the Painted Fox.

  31. We make my husbands workshop in the garage look vintage so I would have added this in there for the screws, or nails, or miscellaneous hardware

  32. You continue to amaze me with your talent for styling items! I’d love to win this prize, as I found many items at Painted Fox I’d like to have.

  33. I picked up a lazy susan for $1 at a garage sale a few weeks ago. I was planning to stick it in the corner cupboard in my kitchen, but think it will be more useful on the kitchen table. Now, if I can only find a caddy like that to organize everything…Thanks for more great inspiration.

    1. Oops, forgot to answer the question… I would buy the same beautiful piece and use it to store my craft/scrapbooking supplies. It would look pretty filled with different colors of paint, or Washi tape.

  34. Love the site. Great items and ideas. I would use the pan in my craft room. Can never find my scissors!

  35. I am amazed at your creativity and your DIY IDEAS.
    perfect for the lazy Susan . . .
    perfect with the colored Christmas balls, (like the varied sizes too!)
    and really pretty with the all white holiday balls . . .
    So talented . . .

  36. I love your idea of the Christmas ornaments. I thought first it would be good on my makeup table, but then thought it would also be great on my bathroom counter to hold white washcloths, soap, etc. Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. It would be cute with fruits and vegies in it. Also, could work in bath w/perfume bottles, make-up brushes and all your must have daily cosmetic stash. For summer shells would be really cute in it. For fall pine cones, different nuts, mini colored corn cobs and pretty fall leaves. You have holiday season covered beautifully. For spring different containers with succulents, orbs covered in moss and just endless options. I love this piece since it can be used so many ways. Thanks for sharing.

  38. I’m so glad to have found their site. I’m always on the look out for items that feel homey and yet useful. Love it!

  39. Wow – that is so cute! I have a vintage lazy susan as well, and that little piece would be a cute addition.

  40. I’d love the hardware tin you picked. It would also be amazing in the fall filled with mini pumpkins and nuts and leaves…

  41. I love what you did with it, and I would probably buy the 3 tiered metal basket!

  42. I love the Bull Dog Butler and Wood and Metal Lantern. Thanks for the chance to win!

  43. I looked at the website and found a lot of items I would love! I would use this tray just like you did. On the table with items we use everyday. Love it!

  44. I love the set of 4 cast iron bottles. Such a steal at only $21 for the set. Thanks so much for the great giveaway!

  45. I like the chippy clock. So many nice thing to chose from. Thanks for a great give away!

  46. I have a lazy Susan on my table, too…. I have a few things on it and an item like this would house them more beautifully. Nice piece. Love your posts.

  47. They have great stuff. I’m liking the vintage mailboxes and the “you are my sunshine” print.

  48. I would use it as a breakfast tray, with marmelade, butter; almonds, nuts and peanuts; sugar and honey an other special items to be used in the morning. Or as a terrace/patio tray with outside cutlery, napkins, coasters, flowers o a fine herb pot (to pick it fresh), candles, …..