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soda crate shelves

for months now, i’ve been on the search for some colorful vintage soda crates in good condition. i’ve searched auctions, ebay, gumtree (like craigslist), thrift stores, and every local vintage shop – but yet i’ve never stumbled upon that exact vision. during a recent visit to (my favorite shop that has it all) rock n rustic, i finally picked up a few teal soda crates. my plan was to repurpose them into some living room wall shelving.


after two hours of styling and restyling the crates, i finally decided on the motif below. a little old and a little new. visual elements and practical storage.

– the new(ish): dreamcatcher, milk bottle, magnifying glass, skeleton keys, travel books
– the old: french spools, letterpress blocks, folding ruler (my grandparents), bird in a frame, pocket dictionary and bookmark (my grandmother’s)… and of course the F.C. Grubb crates which must be at least 48 years old (the web tells me that the company changed their name in 1965).

i’m pretty thrilled with the finished product.


o.p.p. – ‘book’ shelves

last night i was chatting via google video with one of my best crafty buds from back home (a few years back, we took a screenprinting class, bought all the tools, talked about starting a biz… but then lost interest and moved onto something else).

*from real simple ‘book shelves, literally’

during our chat, she reminded me about the great home decor magazine – real simple (their slogan: life made easier, every day). so tonight when searching for good projects on the scene, i decided to check out the real simple website and stumbled upon this one – the literal meaning for a ‘book’ shelf.

i love the color and creativity that this can add to any old wall. plus, it’s a great way to showcase the lovely covers that often get hidden amongst the clutter.

i’ve now officially moved this to my ‘to-do list’ for when i move out of the modern white walled condo that i currently rent. No nails or screws allowed, the only mounting that’s not banned… every college kid’s best friend (and it stops there) the double sided sticky 3M poster tape. no joke.

found @ real simple
what: book shelves, literally
where: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/home-improvement/create-book-shelves-00000000035586/index.html

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