In the Kitchen & Beyond: New Uses for Pie Safes

In the Kitchen & Beyond: New Uses for Pie Safes

Jason Loper
May 24, 2012

The name may conjure images of a pie being kept under lock and key from Yogi Bear, but pie safes were once a practical staple in most kitchens. These little boxes are still quite charming - and there's no reason to keep them in the kitchen. Here are 5 pie safes, along with new ways to use them throughout the home.

Food Storage
Pie safes are still handy in the kitchen, especially if you do a lot of baking. Beyond baked goods, a pie safe can be a little extra cupboard in the kitchen. Use it for spices, fresh fruit, dry goods and just about anything else.
• Golding Gourmet Cabinet by fineartisthandmade $500

Jewelry Box
This antique suspended pie safe would make a great jewelry case in a shabby chic bedroom. Add some hooks, place some glass bowls filled with jewelry on the shelves and maybe even add a little lighting for drama.
• Antique Hanging Pie Safe from etsy seller Jersey Ice Cream Co $375

Display Case
Ok, this isn't exactly a pie safe but wouldn't a display case be a wonderful addition to a kitchen? On a kitchen island it would make a unique bread box or for baked goods. On a countertop or table, use it for displaying glassware or collectibles.
• Counter Top Display Case at LiveAutioneers with a starting bid of $200

Charging Station
With a little upgrading, you could turn a pie safe into a charging station for phones. Drill a hole in the back (or maybe even just remove some of the mesh screen), feed your wires though and you've made a little charging box. Hang the box over the power outlet for a neat decorative touch.
• Vintage Yellow Pie Safe from etsy seller Vintage Atmosphere $59.99

File Box
This little metal box is screaming out to be used for files and papers. Whether on top of a desk or a dresser, a pie safe can become a quick place to stow papers.
• 1940s Tin Pie Safe/Breadbox on ebay $15

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