Vintage love and a modern lifestyle do not have to be at odds with one another!
There are SO many opportunities to incorporate your awesome vintage and upcycled goodies into your modern home.
To prove how easy it can be, I'll show you some items we've incorporated into our home in an ongoing segment I'm calling "Treasure in Ten Minutes" because it will take less than 10 minutes to accomplish!
Let me assure you:
We are NOT Chip and Joanna Gaines.
We screw things up.
We ask Google lots of "how do you..." questions.
We get rooms repainted sloooowly, messes cleaned up 'later,' etc.
We're nothing if not honestly and a bit embarrassingly real.
So, take a peak. Get an idea. Try something and let me know how it goes!
A Cobbler In the Bathroom
When I was 39 weeks pregnant my husband was suddenly overcome with a 'nesting' moment of his own. The task? To turn our very beige and bland guest bathroom into the a bathroom the baby would truly enjoy. (More on that adventure in a future post.)
After some colorful paint, a fun shower curtain, some shelves and towel racks and various other trimmings, it was basically finished.
HOWEVER, I had stocked the cabinet under the sink with various baby items and didn't know where to put the extra toilet paper rolls. Hmmmm....
Somehow pregnancy brain vanished just long enough for an epiphany:
"I wonder if toilet paper rolls would fit on the cobbler stand I haven't figured out what to do with." (Which I got for maybe $3 at an auction.)
I grabbed it from the corner it was stashed in and tested it out.
It worked perfectly and looked awesome topped with the shoe mold that had come with it.
An antique cobbler stand (generally cast iron)
A antique cobbler's shoe mold that fits the stand (also generally cast iron)
Toilet Paper rolls
Where can you find cobbler stands and shoe molds?
At this very moment there are three sets of them on my local VarageSale app for about $20.
Other options are Facebook Marketplace, local thrift stores (Goodwill, etc.), or local antique malls.
I would not suggest looking to eBay or online shopping, as these things are heavy so shipping will cost you an arm and a foot (get it? Waka, waka).
Pick a cobbler stand that suits your purpose.
Ours is a little over 2 feet tall and holds 4 TP rolls. I wanted total function with a hint of quirk.
Do you want it to sit on the floor and hold lots of TP roles like I did?
Or maybe you want it to sit on a countertop with just one TP role as more of a decor piece?
In Ten Minutes...
After cleaning off the cobwebs and wiping down the whole piece it was ready to put in place.
This is really a 5 minute project if you don't have to wipe down anything.
Even then, most of that time is spent simply deciding just precisely where to position it if you're a bit visually picky like me...lol.
This has been a very fun fixture in our daughter's bathroom for the last three years, which also serves as a guest bath.
Guests who notice it come out with a smile on their face and a witty remark.
I mean, who doesn't like to be surprised with a fun upcycled treasure in what's generally a rather unsurprising room?
Our daughter is now old enough to help refill our cobbler TP stand as long as I lift the shoe mold for her (simply to avoid a broken toe or toilet).
It's a job she really loves to do.
There's something about watching the rolls slide down the stand that is strangely entertaining.
Are you laughing at me? Try it yourself and see if you don't feel the same way. ;)
Okay, so it probably took you longer to read this post than it will for you to actually accomplish this 5-10 minute treasure idea. But I provided untouched pictures and a cute toddler, so we're even.
Tell me, did you try it? What do you think? Share pictures!
Do you have some other handy vintage idea being upcycled or repurposed in your bathroom? Pictures, pretty please!
Leave me a comment and pictures below. I'd love to see what you come up with!
Happy treasure hunting!