Recently we were invited to our son-in-laws parents farm in Alabama for the day and my daughter and daughter-in-law and I did some exploring around the farm. We came across a covered stall in the old barn that was chock-full (and I do mean full) of ammunition crates. My son-in-laws father very eagerly told us we could have as many as we wanted. Ummmm how about the whole barn full? (smile)
I brought home a few. I've found amazing uses for all three of them and think I need a few more!
I had an idea to use one for my Fall decorating but decided it was just a tad bit rustic and splintery for my living room, so I took the mouse sander to it and cleaned it up a bit.
I removed the lid, but left the hardware on the box.
I was really happy with how it cleaned up.
I finished it up by rubbing on a coat of tung oil. I love that stuff. It really brings the life into old wood. I put a burlap runner on my coffee table and plopped the crate on it and got busy.
I totally love how it came out. When I first brought it in, I could tell Eldon was a bit sceptical!
I used a few of my favorite things. Old Readers Digest Condensed Books, an old bottle found on my son's farm, some lavendar sachets from my friend Ann (On Sutton Place), pinecones, leaves and acorns from around our farm.
It was such a fun, easy project with such awesome results.
I've really been focusing on my living room and getting it to look a bit more like home. I've been amazed at how hard its been for me with a brand new house to make it a home.
This was a simple thing that helped a whole lot!
I've been really enjoying my old bottles and have had fun moving them around til I found the perfect home for them on top of my piano.
A few sprigs of fresh Mums from my plants outside and it really brought the color in!
These old jars really fit in our new farmhouse!
The Fall colors on our hilltop were amazing this year and every morning when we got up and looked out the window I was amazed all over again at the beauty.
And the last bit of news; and certainly the BEST news of the month is that my precious parents came from New Mexico for a week. I wish we could've had them longer. But we soaked in every minute and loved every bit of the week.
We had all kinds of family time with all of us together and cooking in my new kitchen was the funnest thing ever! The above picture was snapped with my cell phone, so not the greatest quality but I love the picture with both my girls and my Momma.
Now we have more company flying in next week - one of my dearest friends, her husband and family are coming from Arizona (and Texas) for an ENTIRE WEEK! Having this new house is sure fun!!
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