I’m a Vintage Rulers Hoarder

I know there’s a name for people who stockpile things they don’t use, and I guess I’m one of them, because I have accumulated a stockpile of vintage rulers and yardsticks, but I almost never actually use them.   They’ve gotten a bit pricey in the last few years, so I kept waiting for the absolute perfect project to use them on.  I finally realized if I wait much longer, they their popularity as a crafting trend may end, and I’ll just end up with a bunch of rulers no one wants.

Industrial Side Table

So, although this isn’t what I would call the perfect project to use some on, I’m glad at least I’m finally starting to use them.  This little wooden nightstand was used by both of my younger sons.  We have a new nightstand for the youngest now (which I’ll show you later), and I had this one loaded in the back of my Jeep to donate, but my husband took it back out when we had to fill up the Jeep with my older son’s belongings when we took him back to college last week.  Bringing “junk” back into the house, probably wasn’t the smartest move on his part, because I’ll always second guess my decision to get rid of it.  Although it was really dinged up, I realized I could put a little work into it, and it might improve its appearance.  I didn’t want to bother painting it, so I just started distressing it, only to discover that there was green paint under the black paint.  Bonus!

Repurposed Yardsticks Side Table via Knick of Time

I cut the rulers to size and attached them, then I removed the back and my husband cut a piece of corrugated metal to put on the back side.  I replaced the original wooden drawer pull, with one from Hobby Lobby, and I think it has a funky, industrial look now.

Repurposed Rulers Yardsticks Night Stand via Knick of Time



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  1. Adorable! Love the back too!

  2. I love what you did to that end table… I have it’s twin over here but I painted it MMS Kitchen Scale blue… separated at birth and grew up sooo differently. I love the steel on the back <3

  3. Love how this looks! I saw a chest of drawers with the front covered in vintage rulers and it was so sharp looking!

  4. Great save and such a creative use for those old yardsticks. I’ve been collecting them for years also, but most of the time they’re so expensive I can’t touch them.

  5. What a great look for this piece! Fantastic!

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE it … and the new pull is a bonus, just like the green paint. SCORE.

  7. Awesome restore/repurpose project! I have been saving vintage yardsticks with the hope that I can cover a coffee table top with them. Thanks for the inspiration on this.

  8. Oh..this is so awesome Angie.. Your ideas are so fun and practical. I And the industrial look is one of my favorites. It’s a pleasure.. as always.,
    Have a blessed Sunday..

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  11. Oh how I love this Angie!

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  13. Hi! Love the look of this side table! I spent most of last summer searching for wooden yardsticks. I found one that wasn’t priced as if it were inlaid with gold.
    I was wondering about the metal you use on the back: where do you find it and how did your husband cut it? It reminds me of the material steel graineries are made from. I used to spend my summers as a kid putting graineries together with my dad and siblings.
    Keep up the lovely work! You and your husband make a great team.

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