Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Crate It!

I found an old pear crate in Mr. Cut Off's barn years ago and used it on top of our refrigerator when we lived in lower Michigan. One side still had the old paper label; the other side had a painted logo.

I always knew I wanted to use it in this house, and I finally made up my mind as to where I wanted to put it. It landed on a wall in the dining area.

After we had it on the wall, Mr. Cut Off said he knew he had another crate around here somewhere. Did I want it? Duh,yeah. It took a little hunting, but he eventually found this Remington box in the barn.

After a thorough cleaning, it landed on top of the pear crate.

Since our walls are pine and will not be painted on a whim every few years, I was thrilled to have another surface (or two - or three) to decorate - something that CAN be changed seasonally or on a whim.

Along with a vintage toaster, 

we've got a little Easter/spring thing going on right now.

There's my Vase Makeover project. . .



An old scale graces the top surface. . .

and these 2 blue pieces I inherited from my grandmother sit in the middle.


You'll get more peeks at these crates as things change throughout the year(s).

All is well in the Keweenaw.

34 comments:

  1. I love wood boxes. And most especially the labels on wood boxes! Yours look great.
    :) gwingal

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  2. I love wooden crates. They are so great to use and can be use in so many ways. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love seeing what you have been up too.

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa. I also love the versatility of a wooden crate. I have a vintage kiwi fruit crate on top of my refrigerator, too!

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  3. Oh, I love old crates; and I love old fruit labels! I also love how you styled it. And I can't help but collect vintage scales. You are going to have so much fun with those crates. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks, Jann. Yes, I will indeed have fun with these crates!

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  4. What a great idea! I love the way they look on the wall.

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  5. Looks very interesting... good idea! :)

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  6. Turned to super cute!! I love that Remington box. I am wanting to add some shelves in my kitchen for cookbooks, so I am totally digging this idea! Thanks for sharing on Friday Frenzy! XOXO

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! Don't you just love the finger joints on that Remington box? These crates would be perfect for cookbooks. I'm sure some of mine will be displayed there at times. I love that the possibilities are endless when it comes styling these.

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  7. Love how you repurposed that box. The vintage label is so cool!

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  8. LOVE your old toaster! One year for Christmas I gave my husband three old fuel boxes. They were wooden crate/boxes with wooden lids and they used to hold old cans of fuel. I love them SO much, thankfully he does too! Great post-thanks for linking up to the Friday Frenzy!

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    1. From one old box lover to another, thank you!

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  9. It is so cool that the original labels are left visible on the sides of the crates. They make a very nice place to display interesting vintage pieces.

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    1. Thank you, Mimi! I love mixing old and new!

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  10. Hi Julie, just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring you at SYC this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I really appreciate the feature, Jann! Thank you!

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  11. Love how they look on the wall. Great idea. Thank you for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared your post.

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    1. I'm so appreciative of your kind remark. Thank you for sharing my post.

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  12. Julie, these look great! How did you mount them? What a beautiful place you have - love the pine and the fact that you're not painting it, especially every few years on a whim!

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    1. Thanks for your kind comments, Jean. We mounted the crates with 2 screws through the back of each - spaced horizontally. Since we were mounting them on our pine walls (not drywall), hitting studs wasn't an issue for us.

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  13. I love wooden crates and yours are so beautiful! Love how you used them to display your decor

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  14. Those crates were meant to be on that wall! They look great and I'm in love with those beautiful blue glasswares :)

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    1. Exactly! Some things are just meant to be! Thank you, Angie!

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  15. They look great! I love the look of those on the wall:) Thanks for linking up at the Home Matters Link Party! We hope to see you again next week:) #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comments. I'll be checking out your party and blog weekly!

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  16. What a beautiful display, Julie! I adore your home and décor.
    I'm visiting from Sew It Cook It Craft It.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words! I poked around your blog a bit and discovered your quick cream cheese danish recipe. I saved it - gotta try it!

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  17. I love your vintage pieces! Especially that scale and your grandma's blue glass pieces!! Nice. Is that blue depression glass? Nice to have you party with us. Glad I finally made it over to say hi! Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party.Hope to see you again soon!

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    1. Thanks, Theresa! I haven't done much research on the blue glass, but I'm suspecting it's from the mid-20th century. The kettle is the daisy and button pattern. If anyone wants to chime in with an I.D. on these 2 pieces, I would love it!

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