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16 Ways to Use Antiques in Your Home Decor

Old is the new fabulous! Here are some ways to make your living spaces timeless and beautiful with antique home decor. 

16. Washstand

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If you’re lucky enough to find a classy vintage washstand with good old-fashioned character, the possibilities are endless! You could repurpose it as a side table or bar cart, or use it in a guest bedroom as a place to put fresh towels and a heartfelt note to make your guests feel welcomed.

15. Suitcases

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Pinterest/Oh My Creative

An old suitcase can be turned into any number of furniture pieces, or you can use them as they are for an interesting display in your home. Fill them with books or personal knick-knacks to add nostalgic charm!

14. Chairs

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Even if it’s not stable enough to sit on, you can use an antique chair as a stand for a colorful front porch plant or an old tin sign.

13. Keys

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Old, rusty keys can be a whimsical touch in any home. Frame them for an interesting gallery wall or add them as embellishments on your curtains. Feel free to dream up wonderful stories about the doors they surely opened in their glory days!

12. Hutch

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A hutch is both pretty and extremely functional! You can find one in just about any size, and they’re a great storage solution. Use one to house towels in a large bathroom or keep your kitchen linens and dishes tucked away safely inside one.

11. Doors

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Doors from buildings past make beautiful headboards or shelves. Bonus points if you find one with a cool worn paint color— it oozes character!

10. Silverware

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Who says you always have to use silverware for eating? Antique forks and spoons can make charming handles and drawer pulls for your kitchen cabinets. And they’re definitely more interesting and unique than typical knobs!

9. Sewing Machine

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Pinterest/Refurbished Ideas

Old sewing machines can easily be used as tables. Use them as side tables or an accent piece against a wall that needs an attention-grabbing piece. Sewing machines are very industrial chic!

8. Windows

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The more beat up and worn down an antique window is, the better! Get crafty and use these pieces of the past as a frame for photos, or hang one over an open space to create some visual interest.

7. Buffet

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If you have the space for a sizeable buffet table, find one you love! An antique buffet is a perfect statement piece in a large room. Use it to display family pictures, or as a serving space for food when you have company over for dinner.

6. Shutters

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Shutters may not be as common as they used to be on the exterior of new homes, but they’re still a wonderful way to decorate inside! Add hooks to create a place for your keys, or use several shutters to build a small table.

5. Dressers

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If you need to add character to a bedroom, an old dresser will do the trick! If you don’t need all the storage space a dresser has to offer, repurpose it into a vanity for a truly unique addition to your bathroom.

4. Mirrors and Frames

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Sometimes mismatched pieces make the most interesting décor. Hang several different antique frames or mirrors to create a gallery wall in your living room or stairwell. When the frames are full of old charm by themselves, pictures are optional!

3. Trunks

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Antique trunks can easily be used for their original purpose of storage, and they look fantastic at the foot of a neatly made bed. If you’re into giving pieces new life, though, they make great coffee tables or even bench seats!

2. Jewelry

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If your great-grandmother’s silver brooch just doesn’t go with any of your outfits, or you’re afraid to carry your uncle’s priceless old pocket watch, use them as décor! Hang antique jewelry and accessories in a shadow box or an open frame to show off precious family relics in your home.

1. Glass Doorknobs

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Flickr/splityarn

If you need some hardware with character in your home, find some unique glass doorknobs! Use them in your doors if you can find doors that match in size, or use them as hooks on a shelf or wall to hang bags and keys on.

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