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Seed the Deal

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We have seen, drooled over, seed bins at many flea markets over the years.  They were always really long or big enough to be a kitchen island.  Every time we would see one we would try really hard to figure out how it would work, but in the end we would leave empty-handed.  Until while in Austin, TX, we stumbled upon one.  Smaller, check, good shape, check, wouldn’t stick out too far from the wall, check, and reasonable price, check.  After a little happy dance, we seized the deal.

We loaded it up, brought it home, and went to work cleaning it up.

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I cleaned it up using just plain ol’ soap and water, and a shop vac.  (Excuse the HUGE mess in the background, Operation Shed Clean Up is being planned as I write.)  Then I went over the wood with Old English furniture oil in the lighter color.

This bin has an original decal in the lower right corner drawer!  Nothing like a little piece of history still remaining.

Next came the hunt for some vintage looking seed packets that didn’t cost a small fortune.  I finally found some cute vintage looking ones at Lowe’s.

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I just taped each seed packet to the see through window.  I thought about pouring seeds and beans in the front portion like they used to, but then we decided open seeds equals bugs here in the country.  Yuck!

I now use this to hold cake decorating stuff (cupcake Liners, milk bottles, and a few other odds and ends). I love the look in our house, the extra storage, and the old farm country look.  Now we can check that item off our list!  I just have to keep from using it to hold my purse, keys, and mail when I walk in the door.