I live in a fairly small house (just less than 1300 sq ft) with no options for storage. Aaaand, I have a lot to store. I despise the idea of those plastic totes in my home but I do need storage of this type. You know I love vintage so here is my solution.
I found these boxes at different times. The reproduction steamer trunk was a freebie left in my neighbor's driveway. The top had been torn off and it just looked like bare cardboard. I painted the top in brown and glued down photocopies of several vintage postcards. I covered the top with three layers of polycrylic to protect it.
The trunk is stacked on top of a WWII metal document crate. This crate is green with crudely painted colored stripes. I found it tucked away in a dusty corner of the garage at an estate sale this past summer. Once we dug it out, cleared off the spider eggs and cleaned it off, it makes a handsome storage box.
|WWII metal document box and reproduction steamer trunk|
The original screws are long gone, but you can see the holes where the crate top was secured with screws for transport during the war.
|WWII metal military document crate|
Here is the inside of the reproduction steamer trunk. These are less than half of the books I have for beads (already cut and ready to make into beads).
|Inside reproduction steamer trunk|
Here is a close up of the postcards. There are postcards from WWII, even back to early 1900's.
|Reproduction steamer trunk decorated with vintage postcards|
I store completed bracelets in my old nursery dresser. The dresser was originally white but I painted it glossy black with silver detail and brushed nickel drawer pulls.