A Vintage Metal Bin + Easy Fall Mantel

Raise your hand if you’ve ever come across a really cool vintage piece that you had absolutely no idea what you were going to do with, but because you’re a crazy antique hoarder you decided to get it anyway?! Meeeeeeeeee! That’s basically exactly what happened with this metal bin that I’m going to share with you guys today. Yep, I had no earthly idea what I was going to use it for, but I couldn’t let it go. And I owe it all to my sweet aunt and uncle who were actually at an auction a few weeks back when they spotted it for me. They texted a photo of it to my mom, who then texted it to me and asked if I wanted it. It was the cutest little bin with seven cubbies, so of course my answer was YES. I mean, you guys know how much I love anything with cubbies. I’m practically obsessed. I told them to go ahead and bid on it for me up to $30. Well they ended up snagging it for just five bucks. Whoot whoot! I’ve been trying to find a place to put this thing for several days now and I finally styled it in an easy peasy fall mantel that I’m excited to share with you guys today.

A vintage metal bin and easy fall farmhouse style mantel decor.

Easy farmhouse style fall mantel with vintage bin


A vintage metal bin and easy fall farmhouse style mantel decor.

My favorite thing about this metal bin is all the little cubbies. And I think this one is really unique because instead of being square, like the other ones I have, its got this long rectangular shape. It’s hard to tell in these photos, but it’s actually laying on its backside here. I did that so I could stack a bunch of mini pumpkins inside each slot, then sit my pumpkin sign on the flat edge up top.

A vintage metal bin and easy fall farmhouse style mantel decor. A vintage metal bin and easy fall farmhouse style mantel decor.

A vintage metal bin and easy fall farmhouse style mantel decor.

These are all real pumpkins I picked up at the grocery store. I love these little guys way more than big pumpkins. They’re super cheap and I just think they’re easier to style. You can use them in so many different ways–like on the mantel or piled up in a basket like I did recently in our entry way. Or even in an antique doughbowl like I did for this post in our living room. Lots of fun possibilities!

A vintage metal bin and easy fall farmhouse style mantel decor. A vintage metal bin and easy fall farmhouse style mantel decor.

One of my favorite things to do is find vintage goodies like this and then figure out a way to repurpose them into something new and fresh. But I’ll tell ya, this one was a challenge for me. I must have moved this old bin around to about 20 different places in our home before it ended up here on the mantel. Really, I’m not kidding. I was actually getting kind of frustrated with it because I just couldn’t find a spot to make it work, but then finally the light bulb went off and I realized it would fit perfectly on the mantel. It’s even the exact same width and almost the same length too. It was meant to be I guess. And paired with a bunch of mini pumpkins and my farm fresh pumpkin sign this was the easiest fall mantel to put together.

Well I hope you like my newest little cubbie/vintage bin/pumpkin sorter. I’m not really sure what the right term is for this little guy, but I love it. And I hope this inspires you to think creatively about your decor. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and use your vintage finds in new and unexpected ways. It’s actually a lot of fun and you’ll be super cool for doing it. Promise.

Thanks so much for dropping by the blog and spending part of your day with me. I always appreciate it! xoxo

Sarah here! Nice to meet you. I’m a mama to three, wife to my high school sweetheart and accidental blogger. We recently moved to our little homestead on ten acres and we're loving the small town life in Colorado. I hope this space can inspire you to create a home you love and enjoy the simple moments the most.

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31 Comments

  1. 10.25.17
    glenda LaFont said:

    love, love, loveg

  2. 10.25.17
    Anna said:

    Super cute!

    • 10.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Anna!

  3. 10.25.17
    Karen said:

    Love it!

    • 10.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Karen!

  4. 10.25.17
    Liz said:

    Love multi-use items like this. Can’t wait to see how you use it at Christmas time.

    • 10.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Me too Liz, so many fun possibilities with this guy!

  5. 10.25.17
    Rachel said:

    I am sure I can use it if you can’t find a spot for it when the fall decor comes down. 🙂 Adorable!

    • 10.27.17
      Sarah said:

      hahah will do Rachel! 🙂

  6. 10.25.17
    Heather Hoben said:

    I want one!!! I love it!

    • 10.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Thanks so much Heather!!

  7. 10.25.17
    Sherri said:

    Sooo Cool!

    • 10.27.17
      Sarah said:

      thank you Sherri! xo

  8. 10.25.17

    That’s why I love you…we are kindred spirits…I often do not know what I will do with treasures I find, but somehow it always works out and I find the perfect spot. Cubbies and small drawers always attract me. I found an adorable little chippy white cupboard last time I was in my home state of Michigan and it is on my last blog…take a look, you will love it too.

    • 10.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Haha, I think we are definitely kindred spirits Brenda! Cubbies and small drawers always draw me in, I just LOVE them! And I’ll have to head over and check out your blog to see your chippy white cupboard!

  9. 10.25.17
    Julie Briones said:

    LOVE! And, it helps us to learn when you show us things like putting it on it’s back. Great tip! Thanks, Sarah!

    • 10.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Definitely. Sometimes you have to mix it up in order to make it work!

  10. 10.25.17
    Kimberly said:

    I love it! Kim

    • 10.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Thank you sweet Kim!

  11. 10.25.17
    Kim said:

    ADORBS!

    • 10.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Kim! 🙂

  12. 10.26.17
    Teresa O'Connor said:

    As usual , Just awesome . Great way to use an old item. Most people would trow things like this away. Loveing the inspiration here 🙂

    • 10.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Thanks so much Teresa, this is a really fun little piece!

  13. 10.28.17
    Rhonda J Rinehart said:

    It’s perfect for your mantle! I LOVE pumpkins, all kinds and all colors, so of course I adore how you styled this. Love the symmetry in pumpkin sizes, too!

    • 10.29.17
      Sarah said:

      Aw thanks Rhonda, I appreciate that!

  14. 9.19.18
    Claire said:

    Hi Sarah!
    Just wondering if you could tell me where you bought all of your white curtains through out your home. I love them and would like them for my home.

  15. 9.23.18
    Sharon D Hastings said:

    Oh my gosh. I have never seen anything like it before. I just love your taste in decor and actually trying to incorporate in my own home. You inspire me sooooo much. 😊 Thank you for always sharing. I always look forward to your post.

    • 9.23.18
      Sarah said:

      Aw thank you so much Sharon! Grateful to have you here! xo