Vintage Library Card Catalogs Transformed Into Awesome Furniture




Once the staple of library organization, these old card catalogs have been given new life as beautiful and unique home and office furniture. 

Check out these literary treasures!


Before: Abandoned



Reclaimed: Beautiful


As a dining room or kitchen buffet




What a fabulous piece! 
I love the drawer that says "NO" (that's where I'd hide my candy bars) Vintage























Cutest little card catalog ever!



Card catalog turned beautiful TV stand by Eileen McDermott Johnson








Which is your favorite? What would you store in yours?


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26 comments:

  1. Love them all. I don't know what I'd store in them, but I've always wanted one! Love the one with the NO!

    Holly

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  2. What an awesome way to use card catalogs! It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint cant do. I'd use one to organize my art supplies, the tiny drawer I use is practically filled up!

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    1. I think I could easily fill up a few of these! Would be great for a kid's room too, for all their little plastic action figures, etc.

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  3. Inspiring! I just saw one of these for sale at a consignment store. Too bad I don't have room in my house!

    Etsy Blog Team

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  4. I've been trying to find one of these locally. I'd pay serious money to have one if it came down to it!

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  5. I love that you use so many pics in each post, it provides a wide spectrum of ideas and thoughts.

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    1. Thanks, I try to gather as many different ideas as I can for each post, that's exactly my goal, to show a wide range of ideas
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  6. 3rd picture down - the aqua unit with larger drawers: I would die if I could find this for pattern storage in my sewing studio. I already have commercial pattern drawers - but to find old wooden ones...Love!

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  7. I live in Boise Idaho and went to an indoor flea market a month or so ago and there was a vendor there who had 2 or 3 of them. I think there was a smaller one with perhaps 12 or 16 drawers for about $80, but that is a rough estimate from my memory. This event will happen again the weekend of March 24 and I plan to go back and see that vendor again.

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  8. I went back this weekend. Price was $80 but it only had 5 drawers. I got it anyway! Cool piece. Now I just need to figure out what to do with it

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    1. At that price I would have bought it too! :)

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    2. If you can find the same brand you can generally add other 5-wide units to it, like even a 5-wide 3-tall. Keep going back!

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  9. I'm looking for a card catalog for my wedding for our "seating chart"! Searching everywhere online & in Southern California if anyone knows where to look!

    Shauna

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  10. Thank you for compiling all these terrific ideas. I just bought a set of drawers and now I have so many choices of how to finish them.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, I hope you found some good ideas from the post! :)

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  11. What an amazing compilation of card catalog inspiration! Thank you bunches for sharing.

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  12. I have a 36drawer card catalogue from the Berkeley (CA) school system that I use to store a portion of my yarn stash. I love using it for this! I had previously used it to store cassette tapes, so I've had it for awhile (about 25 years)

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  13. What a great post. I have always loved these units and shudder to think how many were discarded at libraries when they went to computers.
    I have three metal units I found at garage sales over the years I think they were all parts storage. Two larger ones in good condition and one small one in
    fair condition. I use them to store my crafts/sewing supplies, etc. The best part one was free and the others
    around $5. Would love to have wooden ones, but where would I put it? :)

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  14. I love all of these! I'm trying to find a single card catalog drawer to buy. Preferably a wooden one. Any suggestions on where to find one?

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  15. Look on your local Craigslist as well as eBay. For ebay, you'll see a lot that aren't in your area, but for a single drawer, they'll probably ship it. You may need to be patient to find the right thing for a price you're willing to pay, but they're out there.

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