Monday, January 13, 2014

Vintage Crates & A Sneak Peek

Hi Everyone! Here it is Monday already - hope you all have plans to make it a great week.  I have quite a few projects on the burner along with the fun of having a crown put on later this afternoon (and not the pretty kind with diamonds and such! I wish!).
But, onward and upward to some fun finds.  Mr. Bluebird and our Sweet Daughter took me to Fox Lake Country Antique Mall in Occonomowoc last month for my birthday. I had never been to this mall before, but oh my goodness I will be going there regularly!  It is beyond awesome.  It's huge and their selection cannot be topped.  Needless to say, it was the perfect way to spend my birthday!
I have a project going on that I needed three old wooden boxes for.  After searching for a few months, I just wasn't having any luck.  They were either wayyyyy too pricy or were labeled "Embalming Fluid" (what???!) or "Explosives" or the color/size/shape wasn't quite right.
I was so happy to find two of the boxes I wanted at Fox Lake.  I especially liked the Wisconsin connection and graphics on each of the boxes.  I remember having Graf's sodas at all of our family parties when I was growing up.


When I got them home, they were quite dry.  Out came my Parker & Bailey Orange Oil Polish - gosh, I love this stuff.

I found mine at Marshall's/Home Goods and it's only $4.99 a bottle. It smells heavenly!

 These boxes were so dry that I simply poured a generous amount of oil directly onto the boxes.  Then I rubbed it in with a paper towel and finally a soft, lint-free cloth.

You can really see the transformation in the picture above.  What a contrast.

Here they are - all oiled up and looking their best!


And for a little sneak peak into where these boxes will be going, I leave you with a view of our upstairs hall closet.  However, things are not as they appear.............stay tuned.  It's going to be awesome! Really, it is.  But, I have to make you wait because Mr. Bluebird has a few finishing touches he needs to help me with before it can all come together.

Check out my Clean Slate Monday post here to read about my somewhat of a fail week at organizing in the new year!

What's on your planner for this week?

Thanks for stopping by,

Linking to these fun parties:
Metamorphosis Monday
Monday Funday
Amaze Me Monday
Masterpiece Monday
Make it Pretty Monday
Inspire Me Tuesday
Wow Us Wednesday


  1. i love these boxes. I have to paint the inside of my pantry closet...I've been putting it off for months and months. You have inspired me!

  2. I love how you cleaned them up! I keep an old crate on top of my cabinets so the kids won't hurt themselves on the metal, but I never thought about polishing it up--thanks for the tip! Dee :)

    1. I love the oil...really brings the richness out in the wood.

  3. Love your crates-and love how you're going to use them!

  4. Love your crates, they are fabulous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  5. Isn't it fun to find a new shopping place??? That place sounds like a great one. Love the boxes you found. I've never heard of that oil before. Looks like it did a great job.

    1. Thank you, Kelly. It is a fabulous antique mall. Can't wait to go back!

  6. Ha! My husband is in the explosives business and he collects those crates. I never know exactly what to do with them because the lids were cut off and if I turn them over the design is upside down. Several bloggers have used them....maybe I should too.

    1. Lol Stacy! I do have an old box elsewhere in my house. The craftsmanship is amazing.

  7. I love old boxes and collect them to use for storing anything from toys, magazines and just about everything. I find I can display things like yarn that I would normally put away. That way I always know what I have on hand. Besides I love old things. I didn't know about the oil, that will be handy to know. So far my friend has given me all the boxes I have and they were always finished nice. So thanks

    1. Great ideas, Janice. Lucky you to have such a nice friend!

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