What Would You Do With This Vintage Bin?


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. What a sweet container! And, I just love the way you’ve used it :)

  3. Midwest Farmhouse says:

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

  4. Love the Metal 3-Tier Basket!

  5. Dawn Connelly says:

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

  6. Love their metal baskets and hooks!

  7. It all looks so good, but the Iron Basket was love at first sight! Perfect!

  8. 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…

  9. Elizabeth says:

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

  10. 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)!

  11. Great giveaway! I’d pick the robin egg blue enamel colander.

  12. Fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Jessica Martinez says:

    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!!

  14. I like the hen bowl also!

  15. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    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!

  16. Kathy Banff says:

    Cute, fun and versatile. Great for herbs too.

  17. I would buy the same thing that you got. I really like it!

  18. 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.

  19. Jeane Gallo says:

    I love the three-tiered basket. But it would be difficult making a choice.

  20. This is a great piece. I love it.

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

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

  23. Delight Ellis says:

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

  24. 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!!! :-)

  25. Gayle Shepherd says:

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

  26. i would pick the humble sign – i have wanted one forever!!!!

  27. Looks like fabulous stuff! Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. I just love their Metal 3 Tier Baskets! Thanks what I would love to have.

  29. 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

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

  31. Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline says:

    They have so many awesome products it’s hard to narrow down a choice but I really liked the green garden gate.

  32. I love the wooden angel wings.

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

  34. Rebecca @ Sweet & Simple Life Blog says:

    I love this! It would be such a cute succulent planter. I could also see it as an organizer for bracelets…but that would require a perfect little table to put in an enormous closet with jewelry on display. *dreaming

  35. 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. :)

  36. 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!!!

  37. 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!


  38. charlotte sparks says:

    I would put my coffee pods in it!

  39. Laurali Manieri says:

    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. : )

  40. what a great use for that piece- would love to win

  41. 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.

  42. I love the arrow bookends!!

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

  44. I’d buy one of those lanterns. Or one of many other gorgeous pieces I saw!

  45. 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! :)

  46. 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!

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

  48. It’s perfect for the table! Useful and decorative and easily changed. Yeah! :)

  49. fonda rush says:

    i like the green metal gate. It would make such a statement!

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

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

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. Love this! Can’t wait to check out the site.

  55. 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

  56. 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.

  57. I love the tray! The way you decorated it for Christmas is beautiful.

  58. Robin Bonvino says:

    That metal drying rack is on my list of musy haves!!

  59. I think it would be great for cookouts.

  60. I love the tray you showcased! So many possibilities!!

  61. 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.

  62. Suzanne Webster-Lowrie says:

    What a gorgeous piece! You made it look very pretty with the contents that you chose.

    1. Suzanne Webster-Lowrie says:

      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.

  63. Candy Thayer says:

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

  64. Christy H says:

    I liked so many things but particularly the green metal garden basket.

  65. I think I would buy the sign “You must not be afraid to dream” sign!!!

  66. Kathy Barte says:

    I would use that in my creative space

  67. You are always so darn clever!

  68. Beth Coburn says:

    I would love the storage bin and would fill it with crafting supplies. Love how you filled it with all-white ornaments for Christmas.

  69. I like the “Happy Life” printed sign!

  70. Monika Wright says:

    I adore the arrow cast iron metal bookends…and the green metal gate would be so charming in our new landscaping, too!

  71. Suzanne Rowe says:

    I would use it to hold spices on the kitchen counter, the lazy Susan I now have doesn’t hold enough!

  72. Suzanne Rowe says:

    Great use for the bin! The Painted Fox site has some great stuff, cant wait to shop there.


  73. 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 . . .

  74. 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!

  75. 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.

  76. 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!

  77. Cassidy Meerman says:

    Nice! Many of the pieces look very versatile!

  78. Helena Dias says:

    Love the Xmas ornaments. Thanks for the giveaway.

  79. Christy Keyton says:

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

  80. Patricia Hall says:

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

  81. Tracey Garcia says:

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

  82. This is a wonderful idea! I have my eye in the two oval baskets.

  83. Elizabeth Garner says:

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

  84. Kim (a Bit of Colour) says:

    I like that little number that is sitting on your kitchen table!

  85. 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!

  86. I would probably buy a tray. They are so handy and versatile, and I love them!

  87. T. Hunter says:

    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!

  88. I’m off too check them out!

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

  90. Benny Sequeira says:

    I love the owl vases.

  91. Love it…I’d use it exactly the same way!

  92. Amanda Smith says:

    I would love a light up arrow. I think they really show your fun side!

  93. I love this lazy Susan……..it would be so much fun!!!

  94. I would like to have a surprise package arrive in my mailbox.

  95. Robin Stephens says:

    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.

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

  97. Lisa Kissner Cooper says:

    I love the Bulldog Butler!

  98. I love the 3-tiered metal basket.

  99. Love it with the Christmas ornaments

  100. Claire Rose says:

    I love unique items to repurpose for whatever I need at the time!!

  101. I’d buy the great big hen bowl!

  102. Nikë Samo says:

    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, …..

  103. Personally, I love the teacup!

  104. Miranda Ackerley says:

    I could use one of these spinning dividers as well! That’s what I would buy!

  105. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    It really is versatile and I love it on your lazy Susan in the kitchen.

  106. Thanks for the giveaway. I love the chalkboard look, changeable with the seasons.