Good evening, my sweets!! Thank you so much for all your kind words and encouraging comments on my last post. Last week wasn’t easy but I closed my workweek feeling that the worst is over and I’ll be back on track by next week. So I felt relaxed and relieved and could enjoy my weekend again for a change.
Finally some time to play again! This time I played with some recent flea market finds.
Last weekend during the Easter weekend the flea market season officially begun, and I dove right in. And it felt like diving for real. It rained pretty hard the whole weekend and that definitely had an impact on the outdoor markets.
The vendors were fewer and not in the best of moods, but the competition of fellow buyers was smaller too.
I found some really nice treasures. Like two vintage wine boxes. I put one to good use in my kitchen.
But it needed a little attention first:
See all those little holes. They are the tell tales signs that woodworm has gotten into this box. I used to shy away from wood that was affected like this. But I have found a way to salvage it and now I simply point to the holes and use them to bargain the price down.
Want to know an easy and surefire way to get rid of woodworms?
Stick it in the oven!
Yup that’s right. Heat the wooden object to at least 55 °C (131 F) for at least 15 minutes and all the worms, larvae and eggs are definitely dead and gone. Put the box (or frame or whatever) in the cold oven so it doesn’t crack from heat shock and then start timing when the right temperature has been reached. I heated my wine boxes (I treated the other one too although it didn’t have any holes) to at least 80 °C and left them in the oven for 30 minutes. I wasn’t taken any chances. Added benefit of this treatment is that it makes the wood thoroughly dry too, which is good considering I bought it in a rain storm.
So don’t pass up an nice wooden find next time, just because you detect some suspicious holes. Salvage it and use it.
I like the wood in my modern – too much black – kitchen. It tones it down quite nicely. And it adds a little extra storage too without taken up too much space, which is also very nice in my tiny, galley kitchen.
Another find of last weekend where too vintage cake tins. I think they are too nice to shove away in a drawer somewhere. I think I am going to find a creative use for these ones too.
Another great score was a box full of ‘silver’ silverware. It was sold too me as real silver, but I seriously doubt that. Doesn’t matter it is beautiful anyway and I got so much of it for a great price that I will be able to craft with it without a guilty conscience.
Look at it, it is even monographed.
I think the monograph is an J and H, but I am not sure. Again, who cares, it is beautiful.
First flea market loot of the year. I think it is going to be a good thrifting year!
So would you have passed up the holy box? Or did you know about the oven trick? And has the thrifting season started in your parts too?