I really thought things would slow down after Thanksgiving. Painting furniture had been put on hold for the winter months since I didn’t think I’d be able to sand pieces down outside or prep and paint them in my garage.
I had planned to focus more on a few indoor projects this winter. Like making a new line of sidelight window curtains, working on a line of wood signs and wood table runners I’ve had in the back of my mind for the past few months, and obtaining a few more freelance writing projects.
I’d also like to complete some home improvement projects in my own home that I’ve been putting of – there are walls and woodwork that need painting, furniture that needs refinishing, and artwork that needs to be designed.
Yet I found myself helping out the accounting firm I used to work for a few hours a week, attending workshops, and getting ready for Christmas. C’este La Vie! (My Canandian college roommate would be proud of me for that one!)
Okay. Back on track here.
A few months ago I brought home this very rough-looking wood box. It was covered in dirt and grease and who knows what else. But ladies… it was a wood box! The uses were unlimited!!!
So I sanded it down and painted it red with the intention that I’d write some adorable Christmas phrase on the side and it would be used on someone’s front porch filled with a logs or a small tree.
This painted box sat on my kitchen floor for days as I labored over the perfect holiday phrase. My kids even piped in with multiple suggestions, but none seemed just right. You see, I wanted someone to be able to use the box for purposes other than Christmas decorating.
Wouldn’t it make the perfect toy box or family game night box – just tuck it under a coffee table for easy access and quick cleanup.
I kept asking the kids what I could write on the box to make it appear multi-functional. Then one day, they all decided I should just write “The Box”; and so it was…
THE BOX is currently being used under our Christmas Tree in place of a tree skirt. It was sort of a happy accident as I tucked it out of the way there when I was cleaning up.
I actually prefer it over a tree skirt. No more shaking pine needles off fabric or repositioning. Aaaaahh… love it.
You may be thinking that tree should actually be INSIDE the box; but I intend to put presents in there once I get to wrapping them. Setting the box just in front and slightly under the tree hides the tree base and now can still hold gifts.
Once the holidays are over, THE BOX may be used to hold video games or board games, in front of the fireplace to hold a few logs, or even as a centerpiece on my dining room room table.
What would you use The Box for in your home?
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