This is the very first project I did for this house. Before a single bit of paint was on the walls, when red carpet was still a horrifying reality, when the musty stench of dust and rot hung in the air and clung to your clothes. While plumbers, electricians, AC guys, and various other pickup truck owning individuals were crawling all over the house running wire, installing things, and shouting good natured insults at one another, the little girls and I sat safely out of way in the sunshine, staining crates.
While boots pounded up and down the stairs, and the grind of saws and drills shrieked through the air, I was having a fine time splashing stain on my jeans, and day dreaming about white walls, painted brick, pretty counter tops, and a work room full of delightful things with a pretty spot to sit, read and plan. I hung my little shelves, the very first cheerful looking thing in the entire house. They seemed to wink at me and smile…
…and every time I’d trudge past with yet another mop bucket full of black, dirty water, or an arm load of rubbish to haul to the dump…I’d smile back at them.
Things are much nicer looking around here these days, but these crates are still my secret favorite. They remind me if I use what I have, and do what I can, than the result will always be beautiful. Some would have said it was foolishness to be wasting time on a shelves when there was piles of work to be done before anything could really look better. I don’t see it that way, if one small wall can be done, than the next one can also be done, and then another after that, but you have to start somewhere…a small improvement can sometimes be more meaningful that a large one!
I found these crates at Home Depot, but I haven’t seen them there since. I wish I would have bought the whole pallet of them! I stained them, screwed brackets on them, and hung them. Easy as easy can be. They are providing “cabinet” storage in my guest bathroom over the commode. A humble job, a humble beginning, and weirdly, my little source of encouragement…you just never know what you are going to get out of a DIY project do you?!
Zechariah 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things?
P.S. These crate shelves first appeared on January 13,2013, in a post from my old blog. They are still topping the charts for views!
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