He knows how much I love using items for different uses and thought I could do something with it. I was stumped for a few days and thought about it.
Night Light in the Entryway
When I took down the garland, I realized how much I was going to miss that light at night without flipping a switch. My husband brought home this antique milk crate and I decided I wanted it in our entryway, but I was unsure what I was going to do with it.
I knew it definitely needed a good cleaning.
I cleaned it with a microfiber towel and a little bit of Murphy's oil soap. Then I rubbed in cutting board oil I purchased from Amazon to get some oil back into the wood. As you can see it was pretty dried out.
The wood grain started to look a little brighter and I felt like the life was starting to come back to it.
Since I missed the lights from the garland in the entry, I decided to put the strand of lights inside the crate. I plugged it in and loved the light, but it needed something else so I went through my stash...
I found another garland not quite as large as the one that was down our steps I purchased last year after Christmas for $5.00 from Walmart. I wound it into a tight circle.
Then placed it down inside the crate on top of the string of lights. I knew it still needed something though. I tried a few different things (a flower arrangement I had previously made in a flower bucket, but it looked awkward.) I kept working with it and trying different things. Don't be afraid of trying something new. I keep working with items and sometimes I think on it for a few days. I am not afraid of making mistakes, I have gotten some really good ideas making mistakes! LOL
I had this tree I purchased last year from Target for $5.00. Since covid hit, I never made it out this year to see the after Christmas sales which makes me so sad, but I just keep working with what I have around the house.
I am not a designer (lol, I wish!), I have a day job I work everyday. I started a blog in November because covid kind of had me down like so many others. I have been a member of Hometalk for a while... and I had a friend who suggested I get out there and share some of my ideas with others because according to her, I can stretch a dollar... so here I am. Hoping to lift some spirits and stay inspired to continue to work on our home.
What do you think? It will hold me through for the winter I think. I will have to come up with something else for spring. I enjoy decorating, it is my way to decompress after my day job. If I can help just one person get inspired then I think it has been a pretty good day.
- Milk crate (Antique)
- String Lights (Big Lots)
- Garland (Walmart)
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