I have a love for old wooden boxes to use for storage. Old boxes hold our mail, magazines beside each of our sofas, and exercise equipment beside my sofa. The boxes that I have were all given to me by my mom. I’d like a few more and have been looking in antique shops but they are pretty pricey.
I opened my eyes the other day while I was looking around in our basement and realized that there was a hidden treasure in the corner beside an old refrigerator, an old wooden crate full of hand turned table legs. Mr. SP took these from my grandfather’s workshop when we had to clean out my grandparents’ home years ago. Mr. SP took them thinking that he could use them for a project one of these days. My grandfather turned all of these himself. Wonder what he planned to do with them? I know he would be pleased that Mr. SP wanted them and will eventually use them for something.
The turned legs are a treasure but what I was interested in was the box, an old Pepsi crate. It was dirty and very worn but I figured that I still could use it for storage somewhere in my home.
I cleaned the box very well with water, a scrub brush, and some household cleaner. Then I let it dried and thought that maybe I’d rub it with some sort of oil, but I liked how it looked after it dried, so I decided to use it clean, “as is.”
The small amount of time I spent cleaning this box was well worth the effort. I think I’ll look around our basement a bit more. There might be more treasures that are hiding, just waiting for me to open my eyes to find them.
I think that Mr. SP should make two end tables with those cherry legs. Wouldn’t cherry end tables be pretty?