This big ‘ol black distressed box / crate / trunk with rope handles thing has great bones! It even has a lid attached. I’ve been using it lately for blanket storage in the livingroom under the main picture window. (really, more like a cat bed on top!)
So when it was time to bring out the Christmas tree this year, I decided I’d leave the box and plunk in the tree!
The idea worked great. The stand and everything fit as is. If I hadn’t been so lazy, I would have built a small platform to raise the tree a little higher, however… lazy won.
As I was decorating, the big blank front kept staring at me in the face. It needed something.
I attempted to hang licence plates, festive signs, and other junk relics but one thing kept hitting me. And that was Grit Antique’s kitchen island.
I have loved this island FOREVER! This post is a must-click so you can see the hanging barn doors on the other side. DECADENT.
Anyway, after all my own flops, a stencil came to mind that I knew could somewhat resemble the look. Thank-you for the inspiration Jane!
Who knew your island would ultimately connect to a Christmas tree of all things?!
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To get the lettered look, I used two stencils.
Antiques was partly used, and the lines along the top of Bingo – large was next to give it a little more of a logo appeal.
Being that the box was so naturally distressed, I attempted to mimic the same look with a barely- there approach with the stencil. Antiques could have been even lighter, however I was really happy with how the smaller letters turned out.
Tape the stencil in place, and using a very dry-to-the-touch paint loaded brush, tap on your design.
Stencils used: Antiques and Bingo – Large from HERE
Learn more on how to stencil HERE
Next up, an antique picture frame I had buried in the junk stash was screwed into place onto the crate creating more detail. It worked so perfectly!
And this is why you horde junk, friends.
Instantly, the tree had a theme! It was decorated with rustic branches, wicker garland, snowflake ornaments and of course, a few antiques thrown in for good measure.
As much as I loved the tree in front of the window, pictures just wouldn’t cooperate. Right before I lost my mind, I decided to just move the tree where it would work, even if momentarily for the pictures.
Well… that move proved to be a good one. My entire living room got a new look I’m pretty thrilled with! I’ll be sharing it soon.
Thank-you fussy tree for not cooperating.
The little candles in the clips are real and found at my local deli in town. While I don’t plan to light them, I felt they added a neat old fashioned detail.
After the big tree move, while loving the neutral theme, the room lacked a tiny bit of warmth. So little bits of red are now infused here and there.
Learn how to make the buffalo check and snowflake ornaments HERE
The little Christmas tree in an Antiques crate suits this place perfectly!
Doesn’t it look like a Jack-styled Tree in the Box? I should have attached the grinding knob thing I have to the side. Hah!
Anyway, here it is unlit…
… all lit up…
… and taken in the evening without the red ornaments. Tough call. I like it like this now too! Which way do you like it best?
Oh well… it’s much easier removing a few red ornaments than retaking all those pictures yet again, that is for sure…
Regardless, I think this is my most fav tree setup to date!
What kind of stand are you using this year?