February 23, 2012

Now That's What I Call a Surprise

My husband came home the other day and told me he had a surprise for me.

Let me tell you how good his surprises can be. When we were dating he told me had a surprise for me. I sat at work the whole day and day dreamed of my surprise. Turns out he and his brother test drove a car that day and got a free baseball cap with a Mazda logo on it.
Are you kidding me??? Yes, he surprised me with a free hat from a car dealership... but looking back I think it was more of a joke (at least that's what I tell myself).

So when he came home and told me he had a surprise I secretly cringed inside. Then he walked through the door with this....

I think this is his best surprise to date!

He was picking up something he bought off of craigslist and the lady gave it to him. It had four stickers on it saying "box is not for sale", which is great because free is so much better. I have no clue what I am going to do with yet but I was thinking of using it next to the fireplace to hold firewood.

Here are some great ideas I have seen....

Carla from Hammers and High Heels used them to hold her shoes! Um, I would love to have her closet & her style.

I could use it in the bathroom to hold extra towels....

Jenn from Pin Cushion Princess used it to hold books. 

My daughter's book collection is out of control. She feels books do not belong on bookshelves but rather scattered all over the floor. Right now I have them all stacked on top of her armoire so this might work! I want to make an open faced bookshelf for the wall  (one day)  and maybe I will have a tutorial for that.

What would you do with an old wooden crate? I would  love to hear your ideas!!!


  1. Love me some old crates..... my wheels are turning and it's not even mine!


  2. I love old crates. Good surprise.

  3. so many fun things you could do with that!! That is fabulous!! can't wait to see how you re-use it ;-)

  4. Helen, thanks for the sweet comment on my blog and following me!!! I am enjoying reading yours and looking at all the great furniture projects. I'm following you too, girl;)

  5. I like the bathroom towels idea, but I like all the ideas! =) New follower, looking forward to more of your fixed-up items! =)

  6. So glad you stopped by after seeing my kitchen on Better After! glad to have found you! That is a fab surprise (much better than that hat)!! I featured Carla's dressing room last month - it's fabulous and that shoe crate is amazing (although mine would be filled with boots and flats)! New follower. GFC is going away for me so if you happen to pop back over, please follow another way. Thanks!

  7. Oh, how fun!! It has so much character. I don't like the idea of putting towels in it...but I would use it for people to throw their shoes into by the front door.

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