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Inexpensive Shabby Chic Storage Ideas


Hello Readers!

I got an email this morning from Better Homes & Gardens DIY newsletter and they had great ideas for new shabby chic storage and organizational ideas.

Here is what I’m thinking I will post some of the photos from Better Homes and Gardens, but the tip I want to give you is: Get ideas before you go and once you are at the auction, flee market, or yard sale take a longer look at the items.  Try to think of what they CAN become rather than what they are, you’d be shocked at what a little paint could do.

This is a vintage jewelry box.  They restained this piece along with replacing the knobs.

This is a beautiful rustic office.  It is essentially an all-in-one flee market find.  I am dreaming of the day I make this happen in our place.

This is an antique tool box.  Depending on the shape you find it in you will most likely need to line the drawers with some type of decorative fabric or wall paper.

How cool is this idea.  It is an old kitchen cabinet.  Again, condition is everything, you will most likely need to sand this and repaint it, if in fact you do find one of these treasures.

Simply BEAUTIFUL.  I have never found a window even somewhat similar to this one, but hey you never know what you will find.  This is a great, creative, way to display dishes or for plants or photo frames, the possibilities are endless.

Old birdcage…. or a mail storage unit?  For the shelving inside this beautiful creation is created by dowel rods and plexiglass.  How fun would this project be?

This is an old Chicken feed bin.  I’m not sure what kind of condition you may find this in, I haven’t ever seen one at an auction, however, I may not have recognized it either.


The weather is beginning to warm up, which means, good old fashion sweaty AUCTIONS! They are a blast, I really think you should at least go and watch one this season.





Tip #3 Want to feel an extreme boost of confidence?  Go to an auction, bid (only on things you like) and win.

On Monday afternoon/evenings there are auctions held in New Haven, IN.  My Fiance, Mikey, called me and told me he saw a great table and chair set at this flee market in New Haven.  Mikey has never been to a good old fashion red neck auction, which is perfect, lucky for me I grew up going to auctions every weekend.  The table and chairs are shown in the pictures above and I bet you can’t guess how much I got them for?? $30.  I will post a picture of what it looks like after we paint it, but I was thrilled to have won it that cheap.  I also spotted a cabinet that I thought had amazing structure and since I was waiting for my future-father-in-law to pick up the table and chairs for me I decided I would move right along with the auctioneer and bid on it too.  Again, I think you will be shocked at how cheap I got this vintage solid wood cabinet?  $2.50! I’m serious! I warn you now when you win something that is that beautiful and that cheap you will need someone to pop your big-head because I felt awesome.  I have cleaned it up since this photo was taken and I will post a before and after blog once we paint it again giving you the total price.  I hope you feel inspired to go to an auction.  The first time might be intimidating, but I assure you I can answer any questions you may have.

Once you arrive to an auction you first need to register and get a number, this process is free, they take down your address and make sure you are who you say you are, LET THE BIDDING BEGIN!  Once you have your number then scope out the place for any gold items you might want to bid on.  After you have identified the items you are interested in you wait (patiently, sometimes this process is forever long) and once the auctioneer approaches your item (make sure you know she/he is auctioning off the right thing) and then bid.

Just a couple things about auctions:

You don’t have to start bidding at the first number the Auctioneer throws out, for example the Auctioneer started the cabinet at $15.  He will gradually go down until someone starts bidding, that is how I got it for $2.50.

This process happens really quickly so if you get overwhelmed easily, I would suggest watching the process go down.  Stay calm.

A hillbilly auction (which is where you will find awesome things extremely cheap) is not like the movie auctions, the auctioneer will make eye contact with you to know you are bidding on something, I promise when you scratch your nose you won’t be bidding for an item accidentally.


GOOD LUCK and Go get ’em.