Night Light in the Entryway

4 Materials
20 Minutes

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.

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.

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.

Suggested materials:

  • Milk crate  (Antique)
  • String Lights  (Big Lots)
  • Garland  (Walmart)
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  • Mary Davis Patterson
    Mary Davis Patterson
    on Jan 11, 2021

    I will definitely try this. Actually use a shorter one underneath for shoe exchange storage.

  • Maria
    on Jan 17, 2021

    Remove the small Christmas tree and lay it on its’ side inside the crate. Then decorate tree with another string of tiny white lights.

    voila: a crate full of light and pine branches!

    For fun poke in some bunches of red berries, birds and hearts!

    • Vintage Style Gal
      Vintage Style Gal
      on Jan 18, 2021

      Thank you for this suggestion, I love birds! I will have to see what I can find. Thank you for you comment.

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