Repurposing Lab Equipment

Let me preface this by saying that I probably spent more time researching for this post, than I did studying for any biology test in high school.

When BC was filming his Jekyll skits for the 13 Days of Halloween videos, his team requested “things you’d find in a lab” for props on set. It got me thinking… how can things originally meant for the science lab be repurposed?

lab cabinets as kitchen cabinets

Image via This Old House


dental lab table as kitchen island (or side table or desk)?


medical stand via Junktiques


lab stools as kitchen stools?


stools via Hurst Designs


sterilizer cabinet as bathroom medicine cabinet?


cabinet via FQ Merchantile


chemistry science lab box as a cool storage?


box via SugarCube


vintage lab centrifuge as tabletop bud vase centerpiece?


centrifuge via Ethan Ollie


test tube rack as spice rack?


rack via Raven’s Realm


wooden test tube holder as pen holder (or paint holder or toothbrush holder?)

holder via Lackluster Co.

wooden test tube holder as candle holder?


holder via Artful Vintage


vintage lab stands…


stands via Unexpected Partie


…as desk lamps?


lamp via Damienweaver


mint scale as totally cool scale


scale via Industrial Relic


balance scales as totally cool balance scales


scales via Bird In Hand


bunsen burners as…


burners via DK General Store


…candle holders?

candle via Interference Designs


molecular model as toy?


model via Cathode Blue


vintage lab supply jars as candy jars?


jars via Bird in Hand


chemistry science glass bottles as perfume bottles?


bottles via The Witchery Antiques


double hole flask as double hole vase?


flask via Small Vintage

clear 100ML bottles as milk bottles?


bottles via McLoveBuddy


glass vials as dinner party shot glasses? (this is getting hard)


vials via Luna Park Foundry


glass vials as candle holders?


vials via Gallivanting Girls


sieves as… (uh?)


sieves via Texas Skye


petri dishes as coasters?


dishes via Blended Splended


magnifying glass as paper weight?


glass via Jupiter and Mars


anatomy poster (which we’ve covered) as the most awesome thing ever hung on a wall.


poster via Blue Bell Bazaar


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  3. Interesting article. I was pricing some lab equipment (both new and vintage) to sell on ebay, and ran across your article. As I am a science teacher I thought this was an interesting concept. I’ll be keeping an eye on your blog.

  4. I have a vintage piece of lab equipment made by “Gaertner” in Chicago. I’ve used it as a candle holder. Nobody can tell me what the item is used for. I got it from a chemistry lab along time ago. Can I email photos to someone who might be able to tell me what it is? Thanks.

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