After cracking open a bottle of yummy fortified wine recently, we were left with the fancy display crate it came in. It was a really sturdy, well-made box with a nice grain so it seemed such a pity to throw out. I concluded it would make a great flower box of some sort.
Meanwhile, I was clearing out some kitchen cupboards and came across this shot glass set I’d been given many years ago. It was fun at the time, but these days I prefer to savour my drinks (that’s a nice way of saying I just can’t handle shots anymore).
Goodbye, reminder of my partying days, hello cute bud vases!
I borrowed a tin of wood stain from my Dad and set to work. I was initially planning to sand back the timber to get rid of the engraved text, but I decided that I quite liked it. The stain obscures the text so it doesn’t stand out too much, but it’s still readable as a memory of the winery we visited (on the day The Man proposed, no less).
I’d been trying to think of some way to disguise (but obviously not affect the use of) the ugly black speakers on our entertainment unit. I may yet find a more permanent solution to hide them better, but for now this is provides a useful distraction.
Since all the materials I already owned or was able to borrow, all it cost was a couple of dollars for some poppies. Faux, admittedly, but still much prettier than a row of chunky black speakers.