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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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DIY Inspiration, DIY on a budget, Home Decor Inspiration

Warm Up style board challenge

I was recently sent a fun warm up style board challenge, by Douglas Elliman and their Florida office, to create a style board with how I like to make my home feel warm in the winter months.

I just love this time of year here in Wisconsin. Many people can’t stand the cold and the snow that we get, but there is just something that makes my heart feel so cozy and warm this time of year.

I love introducing warm tones, textures and colors into my home in the winter months.  In the winter around my home, you will find a lot of plaids, faux furs, tribal designs, warm wood tones and warm bright whites, golds and silvers.

I believe that warm wool blankets , and soft faux fur throws and pillows add amazing detail and texture to a space, and in their own way add such a beautiful warmth to a home in the winter months. Also in Wisconsin, they are nice to have around on those really cold evenings when you snuggle by the fire with your hot cocoa.

Using the app ‘Morpholio’ I created a fun warm winter style board for a living room.  I have included the warm white, plaid, and gold tones that I love using during the colder months of the year. Adding a lot of white to a space this time of year, can really add a beautiful fresh and sunny feel.  It can be as simple as buying new pieces, rotating pieces from another space in your home, or throwing a new coat of white paint on an old dresser to freshen it up for the season.  One thing I really like to do, instead of buying new couch pillows for each season, is to buy the basic square shaped couch pillow, and switch out the covers on them seasonally, it saves money, and takes up very minimal storage space when they are not in use.

Another app that I have had a lot of fun with lately for design, is ‘Design Home’.  Design Home is an app which gives you daily and weekly design challenges, for different homes and rooms in those homes. Then your room designs are rated on a 1-5 star scale from other designers, and depending on your score, you can win more design pieces for your style boards.  Below are two of the recent spaces I have designed for the Winter season, using the furniture and decor that was available to me through the app.

In the first design, I added some white faux flowers on the dining room table.  I love using flowers all year round in my home.  In the winter months, I just take out the bright colors and place some faux white, silver or gold flowers in a simplistic vase.

In the second design , I added in a lot of white furniture, a tribal white rug with black accents, and simplistic stone side tables, which keep the space feeling bright and airy even on dark winter evenings.

Winter doesn’t have to always be dark and drab!  Fill your home with decor items, textures and tones that make you feel warm even when the sun goes down early, and the days are short.  Your home is, after all, your home.  I am just here to inspire, and these are examples of things that I love to do in my home!  How do you fill your home with warmth in the Winter months?

Here in Wisconsin last night, we received about 5 inches of fresh, fluffy snow, and the temperatures are well below zero with the windchill.  As I write this I am tucked under my favorite plaid down blanket, sipping my coffee and watching the wind blow the snow off of the trees out my window, and completely happy and content.  You may not enjoy every aspect of winter, but if you want to enjoy it just a little bit more, try some of my tips above to bring warmth and comfort to your home and soul as the days get colder.

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