Between our smart phones and wearables, it’s easy to forget about the corded phones, cameras, typewriters and other older technologies that we’ve left long behind. But as any savvy thrifter can tell you, you can find all of these old tech gadgets just hanging around second-hand stores. Don’t let those ancient rotary phones slip your notice — we’ve got nine ingenious ways to use old technology to give your home a vintage spin.
1. Old Cameras: Get those old inherited cameras out of their dusty cases and create a display that will infuse your modern home with a vintage twist. (via Google Plus)
2. Keyboard Art: Pop the keys off your old keyboard and put together your own unique message for your wall. (via Paper, Plate and Plane)
3. Typewriter Decor: Find an old typewriter and you’re lucky. Find an old typewriter that works and you’re even luckier. (via Design Sponge)
4. DIY Floppy Disk Planters: Have you realized that the kids who click the “save” floppy disc icon in Word don’t even know what a floppy disk is? (via Brit + Co)
5. Telephone Bookends: Talk about vintage. While we wouldn’t give up our smart phones for the world, we can appreciate the classic design of these old phones. (via A Beautiful Mess)
6. Framed Cameras: Short on display space? That’s okay. Hang cameras on your wall so they’ll actually be the picture for once. (via Apartment Therapy)
7. Gamer Museum: Here’s a conversation piece. Instead of tossing your old joysticks, put them on display with all your other old gaming equipment. (via Apartment Therapy)
8. Circuit Board Coffee Table: If you put one of these together, you absolutely positively must send us pics. (via Make)
9. Cat Bed: Okay, so this isn’t exactly decorating, but how cute is this moniter cat bed? We think all kitty lovers should make one. (via Petoolah)
Got any old tech decorating tips to share? Tell us about them below!