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From railroad shipping crate to unique coffee table.

I love it when something ordinary jumps out at me and I instantly see how it can be extraordinary.

Last month I came across something that stopped me in my tracks, (pun intended)… An old Railway Express Agency shipping crate.  It was worn, dried out, beat up, and begging for some true old fashioned TLC.

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Without hesitation I hauled it home, where it has been sitting in the corner of my living room, until last week when I finally decided to move it out into my workshop where I have a line up of projects ready to tackle.  I figure if I added it into the line up, there would be a better chance that I would be inspired to work on it!

I immediately knew what this old crate needed and I got to work.

I started by scrubbing it down and using tack cloth all over to make sure there wasn’t any loose dust or particles before I went to the next step.

Next, I added two coats of clear Zinsser Shellac. 16015-10-1000

I was working in my work shop on a mid 80’s day, so the Shellac dried extremely fast.  I was impressed at the dry time, and it didn’t leave any sticky feeling behind.

I added Shellac to the entire exterior, interior, and lid.  Once the Shellac was dry, it was time to add on the caster wheels.  I picked these wheels up a few years ago and have been waiting to find the right project to use them on.  This was it!

Adding the shellac pulled out all  of the historical characteristics, markings and words.  I love the transformation that shellac does to wood! It is a beautiful process!

I remember during my childhood when my dad would ask me to assist him with projects and it would always make me feel so special to help him, even if it was just handing him nails, I felt so important.  Now, when I work on projects, I try to find a task somewhere during, that my kids can help me with, hoping that when they grow up, they will not only have memories, but will have useful skills that they can use too!

I asked my son R to help me with the caster wheels.  He is usually a little hesitant with projects, but with me showing him an example and putting the first screw in with the hand drill,  he jumped right in and took over.  He is 13 now, and I feel like time is flying by, so I want to be the very best mom possible and teach him all that I know, while he is still here with me!

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Adding caster wheels is not a complicated task!  Don’t let it scare you! Caster wheels come in many different sizes and you can get ones that swivel 360 degrees, or ones that only roll backward and forward in a straight line.  I always get the ones that do a complete swivel, this makes it so much easier when moving things around, especially if it’s something like a coffee table that gets pushed and pulled in all directions by everyone

After he added on the four caster wheels, it was time to add some pulls onto the lid, for easy opening.  This is when my son ran way.  Hah.  I give thanks that he stayed with more for at least a small portion of my project!

The pulls were picked out by my 8 year old daughter. We were looking for something rustic that looked like it had always been a part of this old crate.

Since these pulls had a bit of a bump out on the bottom where it would meet the crate, I ha to measure the size of that bump with the drill bit gauge. (Pictured above on the left). I used that size drill bit to go into the wood just as deep as the bottom of the pull needed to go in, then on the underside of the lid, I drilled in a hole that was one size smaller than the screw for a tight fit.  I didn’t have any pull screws on hand that were the right size, so I made due by placing two washers in between the lid and each screw so it was nice and snug and secure.

One the pulls were installed, it was time to sit back and smile at another project well done and another piece of forgotten furniture brought back to life and rescued!

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This is currently available for purchase as well!  If you are interested, please shoot me an email at endlessacres @ live . com .  Or you can also contact me over on Facebook.

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Junk style bird bath. Endless Acres Farmtiques

 

Yesterday my 5 year old daughter , asked me if I could build her a bird wash.  My automatic response, being a mom who thinks she can do it all 😉 , was ‘Yes I can!”  I said that with no plan in my head.  I told her to go put on her boots, then grabbed her sweet precious hand and we marched on out to the chicken coop which is where I stash all of my random junk and supplies for creating and building.   We  found an old metal stool, a round white enamel bowl, and a rusty old Farmers Union grease can with the top cut off.

We carried them all out, and started placing them together, and sure enough in just a few minutes, we had what looked like a (junky style) bird bath!
She then told me that she thought it should have a sign that says ‘Bird Wash’ so the birds know what it is!  So I grabbed an old board I found in my wood stash, and some red paint, and asked her how much she wanted the bird bath to be, 10 cents, 15 cents, or 25 cents, and her response was “Whatever money is the biggest!”  So, 25 cents for a bird wash it was!  To attach the sign, I simply drilled two holes (one on each end) into the board, placed flexible black wire through the holes and tied it around a stool leg.

Once all assembled, we took a few photos, and placed her new bird wash under the apple tree, next to the rusty red tricycle which serves as the bird feeder with an enamel tray full of bird food that rests on the tricycle, both placed where we can watch the birds eat and enjoy the new bird wash out the kitchen window.

It was so fun to help my daughter bring her idea to life, and show her that with a little bit of creativity, her ideas can come alive, and that each idea can be beautiful in it’s own way, and even better, it doesn’t always have to cost a lot of money!    I think I succeeded in making her happy, except I wasn’t able to put in a scrubber or an engine for the bird bath like she asked for 😉 , but overall , she is happy, and that was my end goal!

She helped me paint on a top coat of poly on the wood sign, and was as proud as can be when she was finished, she stepped back and said “Look mommy, I did that!”

Here is her wonderful idea of a bird wash that we created together, costing us only a few dollars in supplies that we already had,( but $0.00 on the day of building) :

 

junk style bird bath. Endless Acres Farmtiques

 

junk style bird bath. Endless Acres Farmtiques

 

junk style bird bath. Endless Acres Farmtiques

 

junk style bird bath. Endless Acres Farmtiques

 

junk style bird bath. Endless Acres Farmtiques

So tell me everyone, what do you think?  Do you think she likes it?

junk style bird bath. Endless Acres Farmtiques

 

junk style bird bath. Endless Acres Farmtiques

I just love creating spontaneously!  It makes my soul happy and makes me even more satisfied with a spontaneous project when it is something that I created, with my children.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday, make sure that you are following Endless Acres Farmtiques on Facebook to keep up with my latest projects and for a daily dose of inspiration!

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly