Once upon a time (about 4 years ago), I went to the most ahhmazing farm country auction, and at that auction, I scored an antique trunk.
Now, I really didn’t personally have any place to put that antique trunk, but it was so cool I couldn’t resist bidding on it, and to my surprise, I won.
As I was getting ready to load it in my van, a young gal approached me and asked if she could buy it off me.
Well, that was going to save me from having to list it in my Etsy shop, and box and ship it when it sold, so I took her up on her offer.
My only requirement was that I wanted to keep this wooden tray insert, and a super cool 1800’s photo of… a man in a coffin.
Kinda creepy, I know, but I found it fascinating.
When we moved to our house in Illinois, I used the wooden tray as a shelf in my entry way, and it looked really great with the backdrop of old dictionary pages I had put on the wall but (forgive the horrible photo below).
When we remodeled the entryway, and all those dictionary pages got covered up with white plank walls, the
dark wooden tray looked out of place, and I didn’t have wall space for it, so it’s been sitting in my bedroom, waiting for a makeover ever since then.
I put my thinking cap on to think of something crazy creative to do with it, but apparently I need a new thinking cap, because not a single crazy, creative idea came to me.
And then I remembered my KISS motto.
So… I painted it white.
Yep, plain old, wonderful white.
No, it isn’t crazy creative, but white has never failed me yet, and it’s becoming my Plan B, whenever I don’t know what to do with something.
I moved it out to my guest room (AKA my She Shed), and isn’t it perfect against the planked walls?!
It isn’t very wide to use as a shelf, so I rounded up some of my antique apothecary bottles, and cut some pretty peonies to put in them.
I love these bottles with the raised letter branding on them, and they are just the right size to hold single flower stems.
I have just a few pale pink irises blooming, so I picked one of them too.
I have company coming for the weekend, so I’m hoping these blooms will hold out until my guest arrives, so she can enjoy them too.
I wish I would have give this antique trunk tray a makeover a long time ago, but I love it now!
Vaya con Dios,
Here’s something I think you’ll love!
White Mail Holder with Key Hook (affiliate link).