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.
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.
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.