Recently my mother-in-law moved a couple of hours away, selling her house that was near us. In the process of cleaning out 20+ years of stuff, she gave me some landscaping lights that I was wanting. She had thrown them in this box that was getting discarded. Wow, can't believe this almost got thrown away. Oh, I gotta say there was some seriously sweet stuff that she got rid of. But, alas, she did not offer any of it to me...sigh.
It is a wooden box from, I don't know how long ago! The box sat in my garage for months cause I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it but new I couldn't throw it out! It was just 2 kool! I debated about using it for a box to hold wood for the fireplace.
One day, I started messing with it first by washing it out (It had sat in her garage for years!) then I told some pickling stain and whitewashed the box. Let it dry. I then bought some of those decorative balls made of branches to stack in the top. It's a pretty big box and didn't want to buy enough to fill the whole thing (being the cheapo that I am) so i filled the box with some foam.
So, it now has a new home on top of a 'knock down' wardrobe that I found at a sale for $25. The top of the wardrobe once looked bland, but now is grand!