Howie sweet folks. Popping in today to show off another little project I just finished. Can I say that I am still after all these years hesitant to show off my latest bit of DIY/ decorating. I have been at this blogging thing for quite some time now, and things have changed so tremendously. Back in the old days one would paint something white (for the US ladies that would preferably have been heirloom white, being from Europe I still don’t know what white that is exactly), and you would get 50 or more comments saying how wonderful that little makeover was.
These days it seems nothing less than a complete room makeover will do, furniture needs to be built from scratch and vintage furniture receives intricate paint treatments etc. I am in awe of the ladies who accomplish all of that. Many now do it for a living and I tip my hat to them and I think they deserve every penny they earn that way and then some. They work hard and inspire so many people to do and try things they never dreamed they could accomplish.
But I am so not that. I decorate my home that I live in and that home does not have a dozen rooms I could change on a whim. I generally pay for all my projects with my hard earned money that I have had to spend hours at the office for to get, so I really must love and use it, or I won’t hand over my cash. And of course my time and energy is limited since I have to divide it between grown-up work, spending time with the ones I love and doing just the things one has to do when one has reached the ripe age of mid forties.
Doesn’t mean that I don’t dream though. That I don’t look online for different houses from time to time. Preferably houses that need a little fixing up, that have lots of rooms to play with and that I could create into the beach cottage that I dream about (even if they are still no where near the beach). Or that I don’t make plans in my head about tables I am one day going to built, whole kitchens that I am going to give the Songbird treatment or if I could get away with switching out rooms and furniture. But that is just dreaming. Doesn’t hurt anyone, and never has actually enticed me to go out and look at other houses or start ripping my kitchen apart. I am quite content with what we’ve got.
Anyway what I was starting to say, before I went of on this side trip, is that I kind of feel a bit hesitant to show you my latest project. Not that I don’t love it, I do. But I am afraid you all will be a bit underwhelmed. It can hardly be considered original, nor does it involve lots of skills.
As usual my kind of project is easy, rather laid back and can be done while thinking of other things (like whether or not I could get away with buying another smelly candle, or if I have time to run out and get more chocolate).
This project involved white paint, lots of sanding, a little drilling and a bit of stenciling.
I painted the fruit crates white with a simple primer (surprise) after giving them a good clean and sanding first. Painting them made the fibers stand up, so I went at them with the sander again. For real this time. I loved the look I got so I decided not to paint them a second time. Well the outside that is. The inside got a second quick coat of primer, for contrast. (only used primer on this one, because it is a little bit matte and a heck of a lot cheaper then good paint. I wasn’t going to squander my good paints on these old crates).
After stenciling the inside for some added interest I just need to attach them together with screws and add some wheels. Finished!
For the details I used an OldSignsStencil (I got for free, to use and enjoy, thanks Donna!) to stencil in “market”. It brings back the original use of fruit crate. And I sort of handprinted a circle and stuck a number on that. I thought adding the stencils on the inside rather than on the outside makes a nice change.
Time to start decorating them.
If you love crates as much as I do, you will like these vintage crates posts too:
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Our book and magazine situation is getting a bit out of hand (although to be honest that is 98% my fault, I keep buying magazines even if I don’t have time to read them, and then I can not part with them, so I keep stacking them. And lets not talk about home decor books, that is a whole different ball game/addiction). I guess I am saying that we just need a bit of extra storage space to stash away a few piles and that that is really not a problem (no really it isn’t 😉 ).
Having another little surface to put flowers on and a bit of coastal details is always a good thing in my book.
Not sure of these fruit crate shelves will stay here, might move them round a bit. But heck, that is the fun of it after all.
So that is it from the low lands. Over and out.