My collection of old dishes passed down from my grandmother have grown, and they are too beautiful to sit in a cupboard. I’ve created 10 ways to repurposed old dishes!
I don’t collect many things (I’m really a bit of a minimalist), but in recent years I’ve developed a fondness for dishes. Not any dishes, but old dishes with sentimental value like my grandmother’s original Fiestaware and Ironstone pieces, and Granny Hines’ Frankoma dish set.
As my collection grew, I wondered what in the world I was going to do with all of these dishes. Over time, I started pulling various pieces from the cupboards to repurpose in my home and have found several new uses for my old dishes.
10 Ways to Repurpose Old Dishes
Dish Soap Tray
I used this serving tray to keep the dish soap, hand soap, and sponges together as well as to catch soap spills.
Remote Control Organizer
Another creative way to repurpose old dishes is to use one dish as a cook’s tray. I made up that term, but it’s a tray next to the stove where I keep cooking oils and commonly used seasonings.
This sugar bowl isn’t actually old, but it definitely has a vintage vibe. It wasn’t getting much use being stored in the kitchen, so I brought it out to keep my stash of everyday earrings handy.
And this old ironstone saucer is the perfect size for holding bracelets and rings on a nightstand.
I thought I was pretty clever when I had the idea to use this lone bowl to hold bar soap.
Kitchen Utensil Holder
Ironstone pitchers, as well as old silver service pitchers, make great utensil holders, and make a great way to repurpose old dishes like these!
A seldom used sushi dish gets more use as a trinket tray. This one is keeping a pair of my readers handy in the living room. (I’m always looking for my readers!)
Here’s a great way to repurpose old dishes in a practical way! The openings in this old colander let air circulate, making it ideal keeping fresh fruit.
I’ve used this vintage dough bowl both as a fruit bowl and as a catchall for keys, receipts, and miscellaneous items.
A Floral Vase
This pink depression glass bowl makes a great centerpiece vase.
Repurposing old dishes is such an inexpensive and practical way to add a personal touch to your home decor. By using these dishes in new ways, not only have I filled needs in my home, but my dishes are out on display for my family to enjoy, and that is what decorating is all about.
This article was written by Sharon Hines from Mrs. Hines’ Class.