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Dating back to the 1920s, this Pair of Bindery Carts ($1,750) from Bond and Bowery are a rare and interesting find. These super-strong carts were once used to ferry books and paper around binderies. But, as you may have suspected, I am not in the business of sourcing furniture for publishers.

So, for this latest How Would You post, I'd like you to think outside the home-decorating box and find some creative ways to repurpose this unusual, but handsome, pair of objects. How would you use them in your home? In what room? For what purpose? Would you leave them right side up or turn them on their sides? Remove the wheels? Deconstruct them all together? Add anything to them? What would you put on them? Leave a comment below and let me know how you'd fit these cool carts in your home.

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Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I would put them in the kitchen with cookbooks or in the bathroom with towels on them!
Fat-Rolls Fat-Rolls 9 years
Having worked in the printing industry for almost 2 decades, I've always wanted at least one cart in my home. I'd definitely use them for bathroom storage or as a bar that I could simply roll out onto the patio for an outdoor soiree. This cart presents so many options, the opportunities are endless.
mletrav mletrav 9 years
I might pop the wheels off them and put a desk-top on top of them, or you could leave the wheels on them and build a simple desk around them, so you could roll them out to get to your things. Flipped horizontally, wheels removed, with a cushion on top, they'd make a nice bench with cubbies. for an entryway.
sgdish sgdish 9 years
Fabulous storage. Bookcases, art supplies, bathroom things, etc., all such great ideas.
leeapeea leeapeea 9 years
My first idea was as a rolling bar too - hinge them together so it opens up, prolly put a mirrored or copper surface as the bar top. It could also be a planter specifically for vine plants, like ivy. Train the ivy to climb the bars on the side - beautiful! Add a top for more plants, like tulips. Or, if you're a pocket pet person, this could make a very attractive cage for a ferret or birds. You'd have to lash the two pieces together and fashion a door, and I would probably take the shelving out and replace it with inexpensive material. Grab shelving support made of wrought iron or natural birch or something, and mount the shelves individually on your walls for curios and pictures.
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
I like the bar idea! I could use this as a microwave cart...the plug could easily slip through the bars, and I could store my matching red mixing bowls or some of my pretty ceramic dishes on the bottom rack.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
this is sort of boring - but i'd use them as art-supply storage. i could but my long paintbrushes in a nice vase, have canvas, and just all kinds of art supplies and then i could wheel them over to where i am working or outside if i am wanting to work out there.
chickpilot chickpilot 9 years
They would totally make a great rolling bar... put a wine rack in the bottom of one, some top-o-the-line liquor, hang some glasses from the bottom of that top shelf. Keep them together or separate them for big parties!
sauterhead sauterhead 9 years
I think using them for books is a great way to do them justice - I would take the wheels off, maybe flip them, and use them as bookshelves on either side of a fireplace. Alternately, you could stack wood on them. My cat would end up sleeping on them, definitely.
bb1228 bb1228 9 years
I'd probably use it as a rolling bookcase mostly. I think they'd be great for cookbooks in the kitchen.
anned anned 9 years
take the wheels off, flip them over and match them up ( so that they are closed off like a cage). Place a small plant on the shelf and another at the base (probably on a table). If you can, find a great handle and place it on the top.
LeahWright LeahWright 9 years
I could do so much with those!! For some of the ideas, I would have to add in the other two shelves (the setups are already partially there.) ~Shelves flanking each side of a big-screen ~Rolling pantries in the kitchen ~Bookshelves ~Deconstructed and affixed to the wall as "funky" art ~Attached to the kitchen ceiling and used a as a pot rack. The shelves could be removed, treated, and used as butcher blocks. ~Plant stands
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
They could work in your bathroom depending on the size of the room. You could put toiletries and towels on there. :)
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