I have several Facebook friends in the UK and from them I learned of a bank holiday called Boxing Day. It is the day after Christmas and celebrated in most countries except the United States. But recently, Mr. Menace and I created our own boxing day and I’d like to share with you how to decorate with antique wood boxes.
I have owned these wooden boxes for at least 30 years. They have been moved from house to house and used in my decor over and over. They hold memories. Decorating with heirlooms and personal items is so much more interesting than the mass produced decor items at the big stores. And Martha Stewart agrees in her article Living Room Decorating Ideas Using Keepsakes and Mementos.
|Top: antique fan Middle: Uncle Davy’s pilot log Bottom: antique corbel|
|Top: Daddy’s Big Little Books Middle: Daddy’s tractor and car Bottom: collection of globes|
|Top: Dating memories Middle: Wedding memories Bottom: Birmingham collections|
Each and every one of them is special for it’s unique shape or label or beautiful wood or stamp of origin.
|Detail of several boxes|
|Who cares about blog worthy photos?|
So this time I decided that I wanted them on the wall to use as shelves.
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How to Effectively Use Wood Boxes as Shelves
Then I pieced my design together on the floor. Like a giant puzzle.
Mr. Menace (Dennis the) decided to help me hang them. I guess he didn’t trust me. It sure made it easy for me though so I’m not complaining!
|Mr Menace and his Drill|
Then came the fun part of styling them.
|Tobacco Stick on top|
|Love seat from Alabama Furniture Market – Link at end of blog post.|
This wall is in our Study.
When you break down a task into simple steps, it doesn’t seem so daunting. I find that so often to be the key to getting something done. Instead of letting the WHOLE project overwhelm you, break it down into manageable parts. Even decorating.
This project was done in four easy steps:
- Test Arrangement
I have to wonder, do you ever really finish decorating a house? I hope not. I love this stuff. Maybe I’ll get through in time to start over at the beginning. 🙂