Sunday, August 15, 2010

Better Together ~

A few months ago,  I was at a tiny little flea market looking for goodies.  Nothing was calling my name. Sometimes it happens, you come home from a flea market empty handed.  (My husband is probably reading this and saying to himself "When does she ever come home empty handed?")

So.. as I was getting ready to leave the market empty handed, I saw it...

An old but perfect wooden crate (click on photo and you can see it tucked in under my sofa table).

I asked the seller "how much?" and she told me she didn't think it was for sale! She explained to me that it was her packing crate for bringing her breakable dishes to the flea market.

Honestly, I don't know what's worse, seeing a 'sold' sign on something you really really want or being told an item you want to buy is not for sale.. ugh!!

I got really lucky when the seller's husband overheard our conversation and he decided to sell me the wooden crate. Thank goodness for husbands!! I think I paid $15.00. (Note: the wheels did not come on the crate.. discussion to follow).



Things I love about this crate, first off would be the color of the wood. The tone of the pine is soft but warm and not orange. It has no water stains, no mold, and is really sturdy.
Best part..it doesn't smell. Been there, done that!


I love the wood grain, the graphic writing, even the font they used! (what this font is called?) 

I also love how deep the writing is impressed into the wood


Pine knots, roughness, and old nails



Love the side supports


So, back to the wheels which I added recently. I had a set stored in my garage waiting for the perfect project. Since this box gets heavy with all my magazines neatly organized inside {I mean thrown in}, I figured the wheels would help me move the crate around.  As you get to know me you will understand my obsession with moving everything around, constantly! 

The wheels were very rusty and I was concerned about damaging my carpet. I purchased some rust cleaner and had to soak the wheels in a bucket for three days! Even after a good soak and scrub, there was still some remaining rust. One of my friends suggested I spray the wheels with a clear protective sealant. It worked perfectly. I have no rust on the carpet.




These wheels are bigger and heavier than they appear. I had my husband pilot drill the holes and we used short screws so they would not penetrate into the inside of the crate.


Every so often, I have to empty the box and purge my magazine collection.. This is an actual picture of my room today...magazines all over the floor.. which inspired me to do this post...


Love that I can store so many magazines and books out of sight! And now with wheels, I can drag my magazine storage crate from room to room... oh, who am I kidding, it's way too heavy... 

It just looks better together with the wheels, don't-cha think?

I hope this will inspire you to add wheels to something. 

Thanks so much for stopping by... I would love to read your comments! 

26 comments:

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

I AM IN LOVE! the crate is gorgeous...for all of the reasons you mentioned and then some;)! It looks perfect under the table and what great storage for your very large collection of magazines;)! The wheels are yummy! I think they are the perfect addition to the crate...rust and all!

Love love love!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Just out of curiosity where in California do you live? We lived in La Jolla and in Encinitas for years and years.

niartist said...

Hi!! Just found your amazing blog, and I have to say it's so refreshing, and beautiful! So beautiful! I'm in love with your header picture and I'm so hoping you'll share that with my readers on Friday with Vignette Fridays. It'll be a real treat! I'm following now! So happy to have found ya! Stop by when you get a chance! :)

Lisa said...

What a really original & great idea for storing magazines! Mine are scattered all about the house & garage so anytime I'm looking for something specific I have to start ripping things apart, searching high & low. Love the name of the Society where the box came from!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

That crate (and your home) is wonderful!! I have one that is very similar and I never thought to attach wheels. I may have to copy this idea. I'm a new follower. :)

Carol said...

Love the crate and putting the wheels on it is and excellent idea!!My magazines seem to multiply once they get in the basket, amazing, huh? Love your blog, thanks for coming to see me!
Carol in GA

Sue said...

WOW...what a great bargain you got for that crate! It is beautiful..I love when things are printed on boxes etc. The addition of wheels is perfect!!
I am following you now through Google reader :-) beautiful home!

Jennifer Davenport said...

I love your new blog. It is clean, neat, and refreshing! I am a new blogger also. I loved your living room picture. I try to feature someone new each week. I would like to use your living room photo, and tell a little about you, if you wouldn't mind. Come by and see me. www.jenniferdavenportdesigns.blogspot.com

Green Willow Pond said...

I saw you cottage featured on The Old Painted Cottage and fell in love. I love this old crate to. It's ideal for magazines. I've culled my magazines and there are still too many! I'm now a follower.

Kari! said...

What a fabulous idea!
Love your house, and your blog!

bj said...

Well, don'tchaknow that I am totally IN LOVE with this crate. OMGosh

Hi, I'm bj and just discovered your adorable blog thru the Painted Cottage. I am your newest stalker...errrr....I mean, FOLLOWER and I will be coming back time and time again. OMGosh...love EVERY thing you do here.
gotta go read some more of it..:)

Paris Flea Market said...

HI MARCIE,,i sure do remember you and that patio set,,you sure are a talented decorating queen,,luv all your charming things and your bird nest displays are real knock outs,,lucy

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Super rustic-cool!! Great idea with the casters. I have a crate that I use to store throw blankets and it's always scratching my wood floors. I might have to try that.

kathie said...

Love the crate~ what a find! Thanks for sharing!

oh yvonne said...

love love love the crate..and I love casters on boxes like this! So functional!

Denise said...

GREAT idea! I have two crates that I refuse to part with but didn't know what to do with- they were from my father in law's farm.
thanks for the project idea!

Sarah said...

Adding the wheels was a great idea! I love wooden boxes too. It's funny how the simpliest things can bring such joy. ~ Sarah

Pinky said...

I just found your blog and LOVE it. Your living room is GORGEOUS!!! I clicked on the picture to make it bigger so I could see it all!!!! How can I get to see your kitchen? I tried clicking on the picture on your sidebar but that didn't work. Have a GREAT weekend!!!!! Pinky

Remodelaholic said...

I love this idea, and would love to feature it on my blog Remodelaholic, if you are interested just reply to this comment. (it usually sends a bunch of new traffic your way!)

Thanks,
Cassity
www.remodelaholic.com

The Inspired Nest said...

That is awesome! You have some amazing pieces!
Lacy

Mel's Cabin said...

I love boxes and yours got my attention from Miss Savvy Southern Style Party...lol...you have a very interesting blog...keep sharing flea markets...they are so much fun and I can shop without spending a dime....visit Mel's Cabin and enjoy a cup of coffee with me.

Chrissy said...

Now that was a great deal and what a great storage unit for magazine. Ahhh, thank goodness for husband's that don't have a clue :) The wheels look just great too. I just came over from BTB and am now a follower.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love that crate, too. Great idea adding the wheels. So glad they sold it to you. I hate finding something and then finding a NFS tag on it. Thanks for joining the party.

Vicki said...

I love this. I was just at a craft show and they had crates turned into wagons with large wheels and a handle. All were sold! I even offered someone double what they had paid - no luck! So clever. Now I'm on the look out for an old wagon to steal the wheels and handle. Great job and beautiful home.

Jaybird said...

The font for the print on your box is "Old English"....
Your box is absolutely beautiful!!

Mel's Designs...'n Harmony said...

Nothing is finer than an old crate box with wheels!! Great find and your use of it...so many...thanks for sharing...Mel's Designs...'n Harmony.....

mustanganitra said...

you have inspired me to add wheels to an old crate I have. It's about the same old style but had a lid on it as well. Can't wait! Thanks!