It's probably safe to say that our kitchens and baths are the not rooms where we most expend our decorative energies. We update appliances, paint a few walls, maybe change the hardware, but we usually stick to basic cabinets and practical furniture. However, using even one unlikely piece of furniture in the these rooms can yield big results.
•1 Barrister Shelves. In his book, The New Traditional, DC's Darryl Carter employs a set of sleek antique barrister shelves in place of a linen closet. Given the space, adding an antique element can bring character to even the blandest of new construction baths.
• 2, 7 File Cabinets. These sturdy drawers can be a great place for big pieces like pots and pans, as well as for baskets of cleaning supplies, paper towels, and linens. If you like the idea, but dislike the regular look of file cabinets, check out a few face-lift ideas here. OR you can turn a set of low cabinets into a kitchen island (picture 7).
•3 Card Catalog. The narrow drawers make a stylish alternative to regular cutlery drawers. The can also make great spice racks.
• 4 Dresser. We've seen dressers used in the kitchen in many capacities, but this hardworking kitchen island is my favorite.
•5 Lockers. Small pool cubbie versions make a cool alternative to standard cabinets or pantry.
•6 Industrial Factory Shelves. I've seen similar versions at the Georgetown Flea Market and Old Lucketts, and always wish I had space for one.
•8 Apple/Wine Crates. I love the look of these old crates, and especially like this use for a rustic kitchen as drawers for things like onions, potatoes, and, um, apples— imagine that.
•9 Mantel Surround. My dream bath would surely have the whole fireplace, but I think I'd settle for a beautiful antique mantel to hold all my luxurious bath necessities.
What pieces of furniture have made their way into your kitchen or bathroom?
(Images: Darryl Carter's The New Traditional, Love Home UK via Apartment Therapy Chicago, Complete Organizing Solutions, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, ReadyMade, House Beautiful, Living Etc. via House to Home, Decorator Inside via Poetic Home)