Kirsten and I are such kindred spirits and I love the community that she has created here at Sweet Tea & Saving Grace. So, I jumped at the chance to join you as a home decor contributor.
I’m looking forward to sharing practical and affordable inspiration for your home over the coming months. This month, with decluttering and organizing at the forefront of everyone’s minds, I thought I’d share a few ways to repurpose some items that might be destined for the donate pile, in particular 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.
11 Ways to Repurposed 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
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.
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!)
The openings in this old colander lets 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.
And perhaps my favorite use of all is hanging plates on the wall which I’m sharing today on my blog, Mrs. Hines’ Class, as a part of my Living Room Makeover Reveal.
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.
p.s. Since we’re just getting to know each other, I’d love to know…what do you collect?
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