Thursday, August 7, 2008

All Boxed Up

Isn't it interesting how you can find yourself drawn to certain objects, but you're not exactly sure why. I am naturally drawn to all sorts of containers---things that contain other things. I like suitcases, picnic baskets, bowls, vases, regular baskets, trays, trunks, and old wooden boxes. My husband usually just rolls his eyes when he sees me migrating toward these things. But he's a patient man, and usually puts up with my quirkiness. He doesn't, however, understand why I buy old, beat up, wooden boxes. His argument is, "We can build one better than that." My reply is, "Yes, we can. But we usually don't." Plus, I think, because someone has built an item with their own two hands, it should be appreciated not just for it's looks, but for the energy that it took to create it. So occasionally, my husband loses the argument and the old, beat up wooden box comes home with me.
Well, you know what happens when you're drawn to certain items? Before you know it, you've got yourself a collection! This is my collection of old, beat up wooden boxes.
Right about now you're thinking to yourself, "I think I'm on her husband's side of the argument", aren't you? But remember, my philosophy:
Anything Can Be Transformed With a Coat of Paint
and a Little Creativity!

And here's the proof---
I'm going to display my old, beat up wooden boxes on my husband's side of the bed. They'll be great for containing some of his things. I think he'll be happy that he lost the "Why buy an old, beat up wooden box?" argument.

12 comments:

Darlene said...

Doesn't he know by now that YOU can always make someting GREAT out of the treasures you find???? Isn't it sweet you made over those just for him.......that is a great idea for stashing stuff in and as always I LOVE them!!!!

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Joy! I am on your side definitely!!! I too love boxes, they are the most practical decorating item and soooo many decorating possibilities on the box itself! These are some really nice ones you have. I have an old style chest/trunk that looks like a coffin to me so I am planning on doing something decorative to it just not sure what, when and if I will ever make up my mind!!!lol Like what you did with yours. Have a great night - Jeannette

linda said...

Great idea for the use of the old boxes...they look wonderful! I sooo wish I was creative and crafty! I have to admit though, I'm learning alot from you wonderful, talented women! Now I just have to put some of it to use.

Nicole said...

You have seriously got the best ideas. I'm mad at myself now, I picked up the cutest box at a yard sale and then I sold it too my sister. Husbands just don't have the vision like we women do, but eventually they get it when the project is finished.

Bettsi said...

Oh, that's cute, Joy! If he doesn't like it, you can always threaten to store Thing 1, Thing 2 AND Thing 3 in them!

Chris said...

Are you kidding me? Right now I'm thinking, "WHERE did she get those great boxes??". I love them! They're awesome!

Susie Harris said...

I gotta give to you girl.... You are creative. Wooden boxes! im still searching for a mint tray...Have a great one my friend!

Kacey Randolph said...

Oh how I wish I had your brain for just one hour! I LOVE suitcases too and have some really cool vintage ones from Europe...but no place to put them. I'm going to keep thinking and thinking and hopefully my "design block" will lift soon! :o) Great job. Oh and I LOVE the mint containers. So jealous of your thrift store finds! Yeah you! Great job!

Susie Harris said...

Joy.. I loved your song! it did get a smile out of me!

Rachel said...

love your blog!!! just added it to my list :)

Tausha said...

I have seen those a lot and never thought of something to do with them! Love the idea. Thanks for sharing.
I am thinking that I will look for some and paint them pink and brown so 8 can have a place to store all of her crap where I can't see it!

Annie said...

I just found your blog today, and have spent the last hour or so going through your old posts. You are on talented lady! I haven't been this giddy since I found Nester's blog! I am definitely putting you on my blogroll. Thanks so much for sharing your great ideas, and inspiring so many!

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