Styling vintage pieces in your home-mixing old and new


I am often asked how I decide what to do with the vintage pieces I find.

Today I thought I’d go over a few of my recent vintage scores and show how I style them in my home.

When I shop for vintage/antique pieces, I like to sort them into two different categories.

1. That Vintage finds that I can style uniquely interestingly with minimal changes.

2 And those pieces have potential but need to be made over entirely.

Today I am talking about the vintage pieces that are in good shape but may need a bit of imagination and some quick hardware to make them perfect.

Shopping for Vintage Pieces to style.

My first rule of thumb when shopping vintage/antiques is if you find a piece you love, BUY it!

They are one-of-a-kind pieces, so you may not get another chance.

It’s hard to go wrong with vintage pieces if you love them.

Eventually, you will find a way to use it.

That was the case when I bought this vintage bowl years ago.

It is currently filled with succulents but has also been an ice bucket and a catch-all basket in my mudroom for a while.

Vintage bowl used as a planter

My second rule while shopping vintage- buy useful things.

I never pass on a trunk or a large vintage suitcase in good condition for my home because I always need end tables and nightstands.

I use vintage suitcases all over my house and at my Airbnb.

Vintage suitcases used as nightstands.
Vintage Suitcases as a nightstand.

Styling vintage pieces in your home.

Sometimes a piece can really come to life when used in a new way, like the antique printer’s tray that I use to display air plants (I hold them in place with (tilly tacker glue).

It adds texture and visual interest to my art rail.

Vintage Printers Tray with Air Plants

This vintage drum has moved from home to home to the Airbnb as a side table.

I bought it for $30.00

Vintage drum table next to chair.
Vintage drum as a side table
Antique drum in use as side table with Rosemary Topiary on top.
Side table from vintage drum

Below was one of those finds I LOVED and knew was coming home with me from the moment I saw it.

It’s a large crate, and all I did was flip it upside down, and now I use it at one of our Airbnbs as a coffee table.

Vintage crate and WWII Film Container from The Cottage Merchantile

I love how it adds warmth to all the new elements in the room.

Antique crate as a coffee table with white sofa from Ikea.
The vintage crate as a coffee table

Earlier this summer, I found a vintage chicken crate that was a little worse for wear.

Adding vintage-looking casters gave this piece new life, and we are currently using this as a coffee table on our covered porch.

Chicken crate as a vintage coffee table mixed with modern furniture.
Chicken crate into a coffee table

Vintage pieces with a personal connection:

I am always on the hunt for pieces that have some history or personal connection.

Styling vintage pieces with some sort of connection helps add a story to your home when mixing old and new.

I looked for this crate from Libby’s brand for years and added legs to make it a plant stand.

Libby's vintage crate with modern legs.
Libby’s crate into a plant stand

My husband worked for GE Aviation for almost 30 years, and we have picked up several pieces, including this 100-year-old fan that actually works.

Antique GE Fan

My aunts and uncles were all Stroh’s Beer fans when I was growing up outside of Detriot, so I was excited to find this, and I added legs to make it a stool/sometimes plant stand.

Stroh Brewing company stool
Stroh’s Beer Stool

Thank you for joining me today.

My friend, Jen from @notinggrace, has a blog series called make new again, and today I am participating with a few of my blogging BFFs. Be sure to check out what they are turning from old to new in their homes!

Until next time,


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Ten Tips and Tricks for Thrifting

Vintage Crate to Modern Plant Stand

DIY Coffee Table from a vintage chicken crate

Using Vintage Suitcases in Decor

Vintage Find into a Drink Table

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  1. […] A Life UnfoldingStyling Vintage Pieces in Your Home […]

  2. You know I am a huge fan of vintage decor and I LOVE all these ideas – especially how you tie in your finds with your family stories. What a sentimental way to display your decor.

  3. Leen Curinga says:

    I need to visit you and go treasure shopping! You find the most amazing things. I love your eye for finding creative ways to use them!

  4. Rachel says:

    I love your style, it’s so comforting and warm.

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  6. I love mixing styles. I have collections of things from many years I love to use.

  7. I so much enjoyed every idea that you shared.

  8. Dara says:

    I love how you incorporate vintage and antique pieces in your decor! It’s always so exciting to find something that is meaningful personally. And then you get to see them every day!

  9. You have so many wonderful vintage pieces! My favorite are the suitcases! Thanks for sharing your talent! Donna

  10. I love incorporating vintage with my plants! Every single idea was so beautiful and had such a deeper, cozier vibe.

  11. There are so many beautiful pieces! The crate, the beer sign, the film canister. You have an eye for unique pieces!

  12. Christin says:

    I love mixing old and new!!

  13. Susan says:

    Love all the vintage touches ❤️

  14. Such cool finds you have acquired, that’s so great! Thanks for the tips and the peek through all of your treasures!

  15. What great pieces! I need to start looking at some vintage shops! The spaces have such character with these unique pieces and I love the drum and the suitcases! Wonderful ideas.
    jess xx

  16. Maria says:

    Those succulents are beautiful! Everything looks so natural and festive too

  17. I have some old crates that I’ve been wondering what to do with and now I’ve found my inspiration! Thanks for sharing all your lovely upcycles – pinned!

  18. Amy Jung says:

    Lovely! I really like the idea of stuffing an air plant into a rustic cubby hole! I need to ponder how I can implement that idea! Linked up with you at Richella’s!

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  20. Wow, you’ve found some wonderful pieces! My husband and I love picking up furniture and decor that has a story. One of our favorites is a chicken incubator that someone brought over from Ireland and then sold. xo Nipa

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  22. Pam says:

    These are all such pretty pieces, and I love how you styled everything. I’ll be featuring this tomorrow at the TFT party. Congrats!

  23. Congratulations on being featured on Inspire Me Mondays this week!!! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  27. I love all of these great ideas! Thank you for sharing it with us on Farmhouse Friday! I’m featuring you tomorrow. Hope you link up again soon. Happy New Year!

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  29. Cindy Rust says:

    The printer’s tray with the air plants is brilliant Libby!! I’ll be on the lookout for one. Thanks for sharing your ideas 🙂

  30. Linda says:

    Like your blog!!

  31. I like your style Libbie. The crate as a coffee table is fabulous.


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