You know you have a good mom when she goes antique shopping for you, right?! I think so anyway. My mom is always hitting up my favorite antique shops and she’s actually found some really cool things for me. Well a while back she came across a HUGE vintage grain sifter. It was only ten bucks, so she texted me a picture and asked if I wanted it. Of course I said heck yes, even though I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with it. But I knew it had to be super old and I was excited about the idea of figuring out a way to repurpose it. Well she brought it up to me this weekend and I had a chance to work on it a bit. I’m excited to show you guys what I made with it, but before I start let me show you how it looked when I got it:
Kinda a cool piece, right? I did a little research and found several similar grain sifters like this on Ebay and Etsy priced from about $80 all the way up to $150. We definitely got a good deal at ten bucks! Anyway these date back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, which is soooooo cool! I was brainstorming ideas on what to do with it when I remembered a wall shelf I saw on Magnolia’s website a while back. Here’s what I’m talking about:
I LOVE these shelves. And I knew my vintage grain sifter could easily transform into a wall shelf just like that with a little bit of tweaking. I started by cutting a piece of pine to fit inside the sifter.
Thankfully the board fit nice and tight, so I didn’t even need to nail it in place. Then I grabbed some black spray paint for the shelf and wire screen on the back side. That’s it. Easy peasy. Here’s what it looks like now:
There obviously isn’t much space to work with on that little shelf, so I used a few faux plants and my smallest old books to style it. And then I threw in those vintage BINGO cards just for fun.
I always love repurposing vintage finds and this was definitely a fun project. I think this totally looks like the wall shelf from Magnolia, but with a lot more character. And I still can’t believe this wooden sifter dates back to the late 1800’s. Isn’t that crazy?! And even crazier that we got it for ten bucks. Whoot whoot!
Here’s a few more fun DIY projects you might want to check out: