Thursday, April 12, 2012

lilacs and Salvaged Wood Projects


Happy Thursday!

I can never get enough of lilacs when they are in season...I just love them so much!  But, sadly, they do not last long.  I do have a Miss Kim lilac bush that always blooms later than the traditional lilac bushes, so at least I will get a whole new bunch of fragrant blooms again here in a few weeks!!

I am also anxiously waiting for my lily of the valley to bloom! :)



I was inspired recently by all of the painted white fruit crates at Anthropologie.  I wanted to try and make my own version, so I asked my husband for a little help in turning one of our remaining pallets {left over from a shipment from Europe} into this handy little storage box!  

{you can see the table we made out of an old pallet, *HERE*, in my dining room post and the salvaged wood desk we built for my daughter, *HERE*}



Steve pried up the boards off of the pallet and then I sanded the rough wood down a bit and gave them a quick swipe with some white paint.  I kept all of the original nail holes as I love the rustic quality of the wood, and I used minimal paint so as not to hide the wonderful exposed wood grain.


After a few quick cuts {hubby handled that part}, we fired up the nail gun {those things scare the heck out of me but they sure are handy} and were ready to assemble the extremely simple design we chose for this box/tray!!

For a little added interest, I glued one of the vintage French labels I brought back from the Paris flea markets last October onto the front of the box...





I'm so happy with how it turned out, that I think I will make another one in a slightly different shape!

I plan to use this one in the kitchen, but I shot it in my studio for better lighting at that time of day.









...and a little Photoshop fun...


{need help learning how to use Photoshop and textures, visit Kim Klassen, she really does have a wealth of knowledge on her site}


Enjoy your weekend!!  

I am headed to Savannah for 4 days with my best friend this weekend :)

Tracey


55 comments:

Rozmeen said...

Wow Tracey I allways just adore your pictures!! Loved to see you in the JDL. These pictures say SPRING!!!! to me.

xoxo Rozmeen

manon 21 said...

Lilas et Bourgogne c'est parfait...

Belle journée

Manon

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

Gorgeous photos!

Linda at French Hollow said...

Oh my! What beautiful photos and I love your crate. Alas, my lilacs have come and gone due to the early spring and I have not one picture. So happy you shared yours!

Linda

LoeLaLoep said...

I love it! It looks so nice with the flowers and the label. I pinned it, as I hope to make one soon myself ;)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love it, Tracey! What a great idea for a pallet project! Love the way you added the white and the label looks great. Your lilacs look gorgeous ~ I wish I could smell them. My parents had lilac bushes at one time and I remember when I would walk in the house and smell that wonderful smell from the ones my mother cut.

miss flibbertigibbet said...

So pretty! I planted a Miss Kim as well several years ago because i was SO missing the lilacs from the North....not as great a fragrance...but better than NO lilacs!
Blessings, Lorraine

traci said...

beautiful!!! love lilacs. have a wonderful weekend.

Anne said...

How beautiful! I planted a Miss Kim bush last summer, I have high hopes for it!!

xox

Alice said...

I love lilacs too, but our soil is terrible, and the weather too harsh here to grow them.

Repurposing those pallets is a very clever idea. It turned out lovely after your finishing touches.

All Things Chic 2 said...

Love the last pic , it looks old ...Would make a great stencil...
Blessings Lori

Kelly said...

I have a small lilac bush that I planted last year. I love it, and can't wait for it to grow larger so I can start bringing in the blooms. Love your pictures!

Cynthia said...

Love the pictures the lilacs are great and that box is a neat one.

Anne said...

Tracey,
Your lilacs are lovely.Mine are still at the bud stage no blooms yet.Hmmm may have to relocate it.This is the second year and it is not blooming well.Have a fun trip!
Anne

De tout, de rien said...

Such loveliness! Lilacs are amongst my favourite flowers, as they bloom around my birthday. Their smell always makes me happy!

Lovely post. I'm inspired to paint an old wood box I have.

Tricia said...

Oh Tracey, that looks so pretty! I'm waiting for my lilacs to bloom...they're one of my favorite flowers. Enjoy your time in Savannah :)

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

I love how the box turned out Tracey!!!~ And you had me at Lilacs and vintage French Torchon's!!
Thanks for the info about where to go to learn Photoshop textures, I'm getting ready to start learning myself and I love Kim Klassen's textures!
Hope you have an amazing time in Savannah!!
Sincerely,
Melinda

gilda said...

Beautifull photos...^____^
Gilda

PURA VIDA said...

Really just amazing and so beautiful!

Becky C said...

Oh Tracey, your salvaged wood tray turned out perfectly! I love how the rustic wood looks with all your pretty accessories. You two make a great creative team!

Splenderosa said...

Simple & beautiful. And, for me, I would never purchase a copy of anything. If it isn't original I don't want it. Good job !

Cathi said...

That is absolutely beautiful!

Kelly said...

So simple, yet lovely. I like it!

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

Wow! Love what you do with an old wooden pallet! I definitely hate those nail guns and let my dear hubby handle that!

Wishing you a wonderful time with your friend.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

I love the white wash on your crate...great idea. I am trying to be patient for my lilacs...but it's always closer to May 1st when ours bloom...can't wait! :)

Svenja said...

wow, very pretty as always :)) i also love lilacs, but you are right they dont last long :(
tracey, your pictures always inspire me sooo much !!! thank you!
have a good time with your friend,
hugs, svenja

boomgaard said...

Prachtige foto's, leuk om je te volgen.

Groet, Marieke Nederland

Christelle said...

Que de charme ! Les fleurs ont un joli pouvoir !

Lynda Naranjo said...

I can't wait for our lilacs to bloom! I just wish the season lasted longer. Love what you've made from old wooden pallets! My neighbour has a few that will soon be heading my way ... thanks for the inspiration!

Kathryn J Cain said...

Love the lilacs...and they bring back memories growing up in the Black Hills,we had lavendar lilacs everywhere,my grandmother had bushes in front and backyard. Plus Tiger lilys that bloomed around the same time. Inspired time to take pics of my Jasmine in full bloom and the house smells delisiousyyyyy

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful, Tracey, the box and your photos. I love lilacs, too, especially the pink ones!

Have fun in Savannah, I love it there!

XO,
Jane

Jody and Stan said...

I love how your box turned out. The photoshop and textures looks awesome.


Jody

Jill Elaine said...

That is really beautiful! Makes for great photo shoots - I like it a lot:)

Rachel Pallas said...

sooo pretty Tracey!! xo

Heaven's Walk said...

Love this project, Tracey! It's just beautiful - as are all of your photos. ♥ I just showed my Hubby and he's going to bring a pallet home from the golf course for me so I can make some of these for my booth! Thanks for the inspiration, my friend! Have a great weekend with your buds! :)

xoxo laurie

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love your project--and those lilac blooms are precious!

Lara said...

Wow! The boxs looks really nice and with the lilacs so gorgeous!! Beautiful photos. I just ordered PS Elements 10 and I can't wait to play with it; I'm super excited. I read about all your upcoming globe-trotting plans - how cool is that!! Enjoy!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! I don't know which is my favorite - it's always ALL so lovely {your style, home & decor!}. :) Thank you btw for the JDL Mag and wonderful vintage linen towel - it's always such a treat to get something in the mail from you after I've ordered! :) The little touches in your packaging is always greatly appreciated! :) Wishing you a most lovely weekend!!!


Hugs,
Jessie

Sandi said...

I just love your photos Tracey!! You have the best eye for styling! Amazing!!
Blessings~

Leah C said...

Beautiful photos! Like you, I LOVE lilacs and wish they lasted a little longer:) And I love the box you made...it's really wonderful.
Wishing you safe travels, Tracey; enjoy your time in Savannah!

Liz said...

Beautiful images Tracey! You have a gorgeosu blog.

Teea (Miss Happy) said...

I love your pictures! You're very talented! I have a blog and a facebook page called "My happy place" and I recommended your blog because I love it!
Congrats!

Mystica said...

Just love the pictures.

Sharon said...

I'm sure there's nothing I can say about these images that hasn't already been said. They are all absolutely delightful!!! Just a couple more weeks until we will be seeing the lilacs here in NH.

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Very pretty Tracey...love the label on the box,I can not believe you have lilacs out already..hope you had fun on your weekend away..could use one of those myself! x0

Wild Oak Designs said...

I love the photos! Just plain yummy! The pink and salvaged wood...just perfect....
Nancy
http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

aurore said...

Hello,

I like your blog.
I'm frensh and i live in france in BOURGOGNE ;)

luci wallis said...

My neighbor has two hug bushes right next to our fence, they are beautiful. to bad I am allergic:)
Bristol

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh this is just so pretty!

Lissa said...

I hope you had a fabulous time in Savannah! My lilacs are just about ready to be cut for the house and I can't wait! That crate will be amazing in your kitchen! Love it!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Have fun in Savannah! I love lilacs, I was just given a plant, I need to find out how to care for them :)
Love the pictures as always!XO
Kristin

sharon said...

Beautiful shots, you are such a clever stylist, I love everything you show here!

Melissa Anderson said...

I am so happy I came across your blog, it is absolutely beautiful. Your photos are lovely! I am a new follower and proud of it! Melissa :)

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Love the label! We just returned from the Bourgogne region and my husband soaked the labels off of all of the wine bottles we consumed so I can use them on projects like these. Such a pretty area!

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