Saturday, April 16, 2011

Nontraditional shelving

This week's themed link up at Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special is all about shelving.
Shelving?  I've got shelving.  I've got some traditional bookshelves in a couple of rooms,
but they are b.o.r.i.n.g.  

Just about anything I can stack on top of each other or put things on or hang is shelving around here.
Nontraditional shelving?  Oh yeah.  That's what I like.  
Here's a sampling of what I call shelving.

A collection of red stools stacked up become instant shelving.

That little one on top was the one my sister and I used as children.

I'll probably be on the hunt to add a few more little red stools.

Oh yeah, and then there's my little rusty ladder.

Instant shelving here.

One of my biggest shelving units is this old pie rack in the dining room.

It holds tons of stuff.

I love this color of old pine.

This old bread tin hung up vertically becomes great shelving. 
This hung in my mom's house in the 80's.  Yep, she was decorating like this 
back in the 1980's, before blogs.  Some thought she was clever; others thought she was crazy.

This too hung in my mom's the bathroom.

It held cotton balls and cotton swabs.

Old drawer hung on the wall holds a collection of tiny perfume bottles.
These would get lost on a big shelf.

These old cubby shelves hung in an outbuilding at my husband's grandparents',
and later his parents' house.

A little paint, a few numbers...

and now there a form of shelving.

They hold some old kitchen utensils in the dining room.

A cute little chair becomes a cute little shelf.

I wish I could take credit for this shelf but I bought it years ago at an antique mall.
Someone took either an old sign or a large old crate and turned into the cutest shelf.

Many of you have seen before my old wooden shelving in my project room.

It's perfect for holding office supplies.

Now take a look at a future shelf I hope to spiff up.

This blue monster is huge and metal and industrial and vintage and free.
A teacher I work with gave it away.  I took it and it's sitting in my room at work.
I have to figure out a way to get it home.

Can you just picture it painted a fresh coat of creamy white?
It would make awesome shelving...if I ever get it home.

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  1. Great shelving happening at your house. Love all of your ideas.

  2. Wow - that's a lot of unique shelving for one person. Very inventive of you. Love that pie rack and anything w/ red books looks great.

  3. These are all fantastic shelves! I would love some of these in my home, yet my children would clamber all over them, sigh, for now anything I would have on display is packed away until the boys realise they are not monkeys!

    Very inspired, thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow, what a wonderful collection of unique shelving! I love it all! I could really use that wooden shelving in your project room... paperwork storage is right!


  5. I love your unique shelving. It is great to see people repurpose items like that in their home.

  6. Love, love, love!!! You have me rethinking my shelving and storage.

    I'm so jealous of the shelf your teacher friend gave you!

    Did you see the episode of the Nate Berkus show where he took his metal furniture to the auto shop for a paint job? I know you probably have your spray paint ready to go, but I would LOVE to try out the auto shop thing someday!


  7. Love all your 'shelves'. I obviously need to think outside the box more.

  8. I am in LOVE with the perfume bottle shelf! OMGsh! I need one!

  9. Love all of your unusual shelves... but the rusty ladder is my favorite!


  10. Love all of your shelf ideas. I think it's a lot more fun to use nontraditional pieces for shelving. I love that your mom sees the potential in unusual pieces for shelving too!

  11. Awesome shelving displays! I LOVE the little rusty ladder.

  12. I love all your cool shelves! You have such a distinctive style. I could look at any of those picturs and immediately know "That's Gina's house."

  13. You have so many neat shelving ideas. I really love the pie shelf. Oh the wood on that is wonderful!

  14. Love the name of your blog and that you are from TEXAS! Yay! :) I added you to my list of fav reads...:) Look forward to sseeing more. Meme


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