Repurposed Decor – Sunday Morning Coffee


One of my favorite things is repurposed vintage items. This week, I am excited to share how I repurposed vintage and new decor items for use as flower vases.

Repurposed Decor Copper Bin

Thanks for joining me for Sunday morning coffee. Today I am sharing my weekly thoughts about entertaining, decor, crafts, and recipes, and how I love to repurpose vintage and new decor items.

Volume 29

A Little Bit About Me

Repurposed Decor

Repurposed Vintage Ice Cream Makers

I am kind of a rule breaker. I am much more of a trailblazer than a follower so I often like to do what I like to do. I don’t usually worry about obeying what I call “old rules”. So yes, I use my silver every day and I put it in the dishwasher.

And I love to use items for a purpose other than what they were originally intended.

One of my favorite things to do is use what I call “repurposed vintage decor items”. When I shop vintage flea markets, antique stores, or my attic, I always keep an eye out for items that can be used for something other than their intended purpose.

As an example, I was lucky enough to find two vintage wooden ice cream makers at a flea market and a vintage sale. I found a green one years ago and just recently found a white one. Neither of them had the ice cream-making mechanics which was fine with me because I was not planning on using them to make any ice cream!

Repurposed Decor Ice Cream Maker

I love to use my vintage ice cream makers as flower vases.

Don’t you think it looks great filled with flowers?

Here’s the green vintage ice cream maker repurpose with faux flowers in our kitchen.

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Repurposed Vintage Baskets

Repurposed Vintage Decor Basket

I love this vintage basket and I am quite sure it was not intended to be used as a vase. I placed four glass pots inside the basket and filled them with fresh flowers. Doesn’t this look wonderful?

I bought this basket at a vintage sale hosted by my friend Lorzel at Barnhouse Chicks Market from my friend Patrick at Through The Porthole. I absolutely love it.

It’s now sitting i our family room.

Repurposed Decor Basket with Flowers

Repurposed New Decor

Repurposed New Decor

I also like to repurpose new decor and this copper beverage bin looks great filled with flowers instead of drinks. I have used this so many times and I have only had it for about a month. this copper bucket was a birthday present from my husband. (And yes, I did suggest this gift idea to my husband!)

What else have I repurposed?

The photo on the left shows how I used calf-feeding buckets for vases. On the right, the tall metal “vases” are actually cheese molds.

Next time you are arranging flowers, don’t just reach for a vase. Instead, search your home for a vintage or new piece that can be repurposed. I promise you will like it.

Additional Repurposed Items That You Might Need

Here are my favorite glasses from Anthropologie. I repurpose these all the time as vintage glassware!

Reflections on the Week

Last week was so much fun! I love everything I shared last week, and I hope you did too!

Which was your favorite?

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Martha shared these Five Creative Ways to Repurpose an Old Picture Frame. These are very clever!

What’s Ahead for The Week

Things never seem to slow down around here but we are working on it. I am at the beach this week and I am looking forward to a slower pace.

Next week I have lots of fun things planned on the blog. First, I am sharing a fun new summer pie. Next, I will try to explain why I am obsessed with sea glass and I am going to make a fun summer sea glass dessert. I am also sharing my favorite appetizer recipe. Finally, I am sharing how to arrange flowers in ball jars and a very fun new dinner on the beach.

I am excited for next week at My 100 Year Old Home. I hope you are too!

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  1. Love the ice cream maker as a repurpose. I love doing this in my own home. I see things differently than they are intended. Thanks for sharing, I will be on the look out for ice cream makers now.

  2. I too like to repurpose things, for things not intended. I like to pick up a piece and think, what could I do with this? I do enjoy reading what you post.

  3. My Favorite from last week? No question: that pillow!!!
    I hope you don’t mind, but I am sooo planning on painting and stitching a few pillows of my own. Yours are all so fun and cheery!

  4. Love some of the things you have used for flowers. I don’t have as many interesting vessels as you but I must say – I don’t recall the last time I reached for an actual vase for flowers. I used milk glass vases not for flowers but for flags or candles usually……crazy how much more interesting it makes a flower arrangement to be in some random container, isn’t it?

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