Being a Use~What~You~Have Sort of Soul...Ancient Armoires...Vintage Linens

Our collection of Vintage Linens

is threatening to take over the house.

So much so that when I go to use my favorite pieces...

they appear lost in the jumble.

Being a Use What You Have sort of soul...

I looked around for a place that would allow me to

sort and organize
my most used pieces...

and oft forgotten linens I would like to use more!

It's often easy to overlook the obvious...

but when I spied one of our ancient armoires

hiding in plain sight

I knew it would make them a perfect home.

Zoey agreed.

After folding and storing some of our vintage quilts

I realized...

the project required a shelf of some sort.

When I looked about the house I came across this half~forgotten

little green shelf in a hallway...

holding empty baskets.

As I sifted through the plastic storage bins

filled with lovely linens

I chose and lovingly folded the pieces I knew I would use most often...

be it transforming them via sewing projects

or embellishing a table, window or sofa.

I threw in a few pillows that will soon be recovered as well!

We even left a little room for the linens to breathe.


know you are

Use What You Have souls

as well
and I bet you have storage solutions

above and beyond this little effort.

What are some of your Use~What~You~Have solutions??


Audra said...

I love this! I have been wanting an armoire for so long, hoping to come across one soon.

I have a cabinet that I picked up years ago when I was really into Shabby Chic decor. I have had it as a stereo cabinet, linen closet, book case and now it is in my kitchen holding countless cook books, baskets of dish towels, dish cloths, measuring cups, misc. items and the larger of the small appliances.

It was a perfect place to put this, perfect color and it has vintage fruit decals on the front of the cabinet that coordinate with my kitchen valences!

Thanks for the inspiration, keep up the wonderful work, I can't wait to find my armoire to stash my lovlies in!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hi Audra!

I too am a long~time fan of using real furniture in lieu of (and in conjunction with) traditional kitchen cabinetry!! I'd love to see a picture. I'm trying to remember if there is one on your blog...I'll have to pop over and explore!! Thanks so much for being so generous with your own solution!

P.S. This armoire has a mirrored door but, of course, I forgot to take a phote of in with the door closed!!

Audra said...


Here is the link for the cabinet switcheroo. Before I hung the valences. http://frugalmissus.blogspot.com/2009/07/ol-switcheroo.html

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

I cut and pasted the link into my address bar and it was worth the visit!! What an amazing bargain...$30 for all that storage and charm!!
Thank you so much for sharing.

Solange Honorato said...

Great!Very organized.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Thank you Solange!

Kim-Fille de Fleur said...

Hi Tracey, I found you because you became a follower of my blog and I am so glad you did because I love your blog! What a great solution for storage. I have done professional design and organization in the past and this is a wonderful storage solution. I bet you will get lots more use of your wonderful linens.
I will be back......

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Dear Kim,

Thank you so much for visiting us and for your good words! I really appreciate your blog too...it's so charming!


Storybook Woods said...

Beautiful reuse Tracey,
I like you, find if I do not run out and buy something, I already have something perfect around my house, waiting for me to find it xoxox Clarice

Saver Queen said...

I adore vintage linens and yours look absolutely beautiful! So glad that you'll be able to use them more often now that you've gotten so organized.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Clarice, I've just visited your mom's blogs and they are so charming! I see where you get your creativity and resourcefulness from!!
Thank you so much for sharing!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hi SQ ! It's amazing how much more I am using them already because of their easier access and viewing!! I have some small bits of lace and more delicate fabrics that I'm also organizing on a smaller scale for the same reasons. To see them is to use them!! I'll be sure to post pictures as I finish my project and make use of these half~forgotten treasures.

The Prudent Homemaker said...

I was expecting to see something a little different. I thought you woud have used some dresser scarves to line the shelves, letting the edges peek over each shelf. They can be useful on the shelf as well!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hi Prudent Homemaker!! I forgot to photograph it, but this armoire has a mirrored door that is always kept closed thus... I chose to be more practical than pretty in this instance. I love the idea of lining the shelves, but I was being prudent during this project ;) and just wanted to get my linens stored quickly!! Impatient I suppose. I do use them more now that they're in a place that offers easy access but is behind a closed door. Perhaps when I get better shelving inside I will do it more creatively!! You are so right, it sure has the potential for a pretty vignette inside. Thanks so much for the great idea and inspiration for future projects.

Dana and Daisy said...

i sold my armoir today, only got pennies for it, but I am having a clear out this junky place mood, and must go with it when it hits me. Besides, my new bedroom furniture awaits delivery! and it includes a chifferobe!

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