crate hoarding beach cottage style

Tue 11th, Nov, 2014

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Hey, how you going beach cottage lovelies?

This is one of the vintage treasure hunting finds I came across lately – please, yes, I do not only need to step away from stripy tops and quilts but also timber crates.

I do have a before pic of it, it’s on my phone though and I’ve just sat down after a busy day, so you know what, you’ll just have to imagine that this was a horrid murky, dirty, grotty and grubby deep bottle green….add to that it wasn’t clean and you’ll get the idea that this wasn’t a crate that your average decorating loving person would give a second glance to when she saw it in a junk shop sad and lonely…

But I can’t walk past or go home without a timber crate if I see one, it’s an occupational hazard to gather them and stash them in the garage, so yup this one came home with me…

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I painted with a grey – this is one of those little pots I was telling you about before that you can pick up from the reject section in the paint shop….often they are mixed up and then brought back or I don’t know I guess people buy too much or they are just not happy with it…keeping an eye out in this section can lead you to some very interesting colours (especially whites, golly there are a million and five hundred and seventy two whites in the paint world) and it’s also really really healthy on your pocket (my husband loves it when I am just so darn thrifty).

It turned out quite nice really, considering it cost me less than a cup of coffee and I shudder to think what a similar item would cost in the coastal boutique up the road, and let’s not even think about if it were sitting on a table in the Frenchy shop ;)

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I was going to use it on the deck to store bits and pieces but once it was done I am now thinking this will be a planter…maybe for hydrangeas, I am still in the novice green finger department with hydrangeas and Sydney – sigh to the humongous and absolutely groaning in flowers hydrangea bushes I inherited in our second house in England…

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Anyhoo I will be off, I have another beauty of a vintage coastal find to show you soon (also currently hiding downstairs), I just have to choose my moment to bring it out…

Yours in timber crates


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11 Responses to “crate hoarding beach cottage style”

  1. Melinda Denton says:

    Hi Sarah, I love your old timber crate and hydrangea will look beautiful in it. I laughed at the bit about “hiding” your treasures too. I was wondering if you had any response to your book club post a little while ago ? I’d be very interested in joining if you are beginning one. Always love your blog, posts and pics Cheers Melinda

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Melinda

      Yes I have decided to start one as didn’t get any invites to join one but lots of people needing one – I am really busy at the moment (although just started a new book last night) and once i have got my head together and organised I will post and Facebook the details…

      thanks x

  2. Mb says:

    Wow Sarah lol…….get outta my head!

    Theres a little vegetable stand we stop at on our way to our little beach cottage…..and off to the side of the building is a mountain of vegetable crates. Hundreds of them….that have been sitting around for ages….dirty….buggy….and gorgeous!

    Well the very charming family said i could take my fill and I’ve been wondering what to do with the few i carted away.

    Voila! Your blog = problem solved! You are just awesome.



  3. shar y says:

    Love it, it is so cute! And, if you get poinsettias over there at Christmas, imagine the red in there!

  4. Selby says:

    Lovely colour & just a great size too not too tiny or more importantly too huge!
    ….. Or is it just me that gets so excited she sometimes gets things home before thinking of the practicalities of wether things will actually fit? hehe;)

  5. Melinda Denton says:

    Thank you Sarah I look forward to hearing all about it have a great day x

  6. Jan Withers says:

    Love these old crates. I was lucky to find two at the local dump recently as I was unloading a pile of stuff so I put them on the ute as they would have been tossed in the pile. I’ll paint them for sure now. I always buy those little sample pots of paint and it’s amazing how far they go. Have had a terrific range of turquoise colours blues and lots of whites. Also agree with Melinda that hydrangeas would look so good.

  7. merilyn says:

    love it hun! nice end bits! … missed this post! cheers m:)X