These atelier chests from Modern 50 would look great as a pair of bedroom dressers.
We all know that re-used furniture is a simple way to green your home, but it takes a little bit of imagination to figure out how and where to make the most of an old industrial cabinet or a collection of vintage suitcases. We searched our guide to antique and thrift shops for furniture and accessories that could make a bedroom more functional and stylish, and we've offered some tips on possible ways to use them.
- V & M (Online): VandM.com connects buyers to a huge selection of furniture, artwork, textiles, and lighting sold by reputable merchants around the world. The vintage card catalog shown above ($2,900) would make an amazing jewelry, sock, and tie keeper.
- Modern 50 (Virginia/Online): Their web catalog features carefully curated, beautifully photographed vintage finds that range from mid-century to Bauhaus styles. We like their industrial storage selection, like the Atelier Chests ($735), which would look great as a pair of his-and-her dressers.
- Tini Store (Los Angeles/Online): Their furniture is "like an awesome flea market stall," but their prices are on par with craigslist. The stacked suitcases shown above ($65) could hold extra blankets next to the bed.
- Revision Home (Chicago/Online): They photograph the currently available pieces and make them available for online shopping BUT there is also a physical space in Chicago where potential buyers can go to see, sit and touch the items, like the Industrial Chest of Drawers shown above ($450).
- Rehab Vintage (Los Angeles/Online): The pieces are all uber masculine in their look with the details of classic design, like these steel lockers ($600 - $4,700), which would make a great dresser in the right industrial chic bedroom.
- Old Village Hall (New York): Scott Hill calls his textile prints “material artifacts” and also does custom work. Scott’s inspiration and references come from the "look" of history, old writing, literary and historical artifacts, and images of artists, writers and others of note. The resulting material is used to reupholster various old armchairs and pillows. (Pricing on request.)
- Olde Good Things (New York/Online): Their hardware department and mirror department are of particular note. The painted wooden beveled mirror (above) is $550.
- Jubilee Furniture (Carol Stream, Illinois): Their warehouse is full of mid-century pieces at garage sale prices, like the headboards shown above (all under $100). If you've got some basic DIY skills, search for bed frames and headboards at your favorite thrift shop and brush one up with a coat of paint.
- Past Present Future (Minneapolis/Online): Steven Mogol started Past Present Future in 1976. While he now has branched out into new and contemporary furniture, accessories, and art as well, PPF (what he calls it) stands out for its deep catalogue of vintage steel furniture, like the Vintage Bed Frame shown above ($400).
- Room 4 (San Francisco): The owner, David, is striving to keep pricing low to promote high turn-over. This translates not only to great deals, but exciting new finds on each visit. The tin boxes (shown above) would make a great arrangement on a bedroom dresser.
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