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

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The Comments

  • glenda LaFont
    October 25, 2017

    love, love, loveg

  • Anna
    October 25, 2017

    Super cute!

    • Sarah
      > Anna
      October 27, 2017

      Thanks Anna!

  • Karen
    October 25, 2017

    Love it!

    • Sarah
      > Karen
      October 27, 2017

      Thank you Karen!

  • Liz
    October 25, 2017

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

    • Sarah
      > Liz
      October 27, 2017

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

  • Rachel
    October 25, 2017

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

    • Sarah
      > Rachel
      October 27, 2017

      hahah will do Rachel! šŸ™‚

  • Heather Hoben
    October 25, 2017

    I want one!!! I love it!

    • Sarah
      > Heather Hoben
      October 27, 2017

      Thanks so much Heather!!

  • Sherri
    October 25, 2017

    Sooo Cool!

    • Sarah
      > Sherri
      October 27, 2017

      thank you Sherri! xo

  • Brenda Johnson
    October 25, 2017

    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.

    • Sarah
      > Brenda Johnson
      October 27, 2017

      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!

  • Julie Briones
    October 25, 2017

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

    • Sarah
      > Julie Briones
      October 27, 2017

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

  • Kimberly
    October 25, 2017

    I love it! Kim

    • Sarah
      > Kimberly
      October 27, 2017

      Thank you sweet Kim!

  • Kim
    October 25, 2017

    ADORBS!

    • Sarah
      > Kim
      October 27, 2017

      Thank you Kim! šŸ™‚

  • Teresa O'Connor
    October 26, 2017

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

    • Sarah
      > Teresa O’Connor
      October 27, 2017

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

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  • Rhonda J Rinehart
    October 28, 2017

    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!

    • Sarah
      > Rhonda J Rinehart
      October 29, 2017

      Aw thanks Rhonda, I appreciate that!

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  • Claire
    September 19, 2018

    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.

  • Sharon D Hastings
    September 23, 2018

    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. šŸ˜Š Thank you for always sharing. I always look forward to your post.

    • Sarah
      > Sharon D Hastings
      September 23, 2018

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