Vintage cheese crates often feature advertising or graphics on the sides, sometimes in vivid colors. Even if the graphics are less than stunning, the boxes display nicely, showing off their aged durability when used as functional decor around the home.
Display your indoor herb garden in vintage cheese crates on a wide windowsill or on a kitchen shelf that receives ample sunlight. Use plant pots small enough to fit inside the crate and line the interior with plastic wrap to catch spilled water; otherwise, the crate may rot. Select cheese crates with bold, vintage graphics or paint them to match an accent color found elsewhere in the room. Small succulent plants or wheat grass grown in small pots set inside a cheese crate form a child's garden for his bedroom. The cheese crate is portable and manageable even for small hands, so he can show off his favorite plant sprouts or take them outdoors for extra sunlight. If you have no indoor plants, use a crate to display several bud vases filled with fresh blooms.
Place one or more cheese crates on a shelf, or on each shelf of a bookcase, interspersed with other unusual vintage finds, such as figural salt and pepper shakers, cookie molds or colorful spice tins. On a large desk, use a cheese crate to display a series of vintage fountain pens or artist's brushes arranged upright in an old jar. Display random other vintage finds, such as a jar full of old marbles or old toy cars, to round out the look.
Spices and Seasonings
Place a vintage cheese crate on a kitchen, dining room or backyard picnic table to hold your salt and pepper shakers, hot sauce or ketchup and mustard at mealtime. Display a crate on the kitchen counter nearest the stove to hold an assortment of your favorite spice jars, ready to season your next cooked meal, or use several cheese crates as an alternative to a spice rack, placing the spices alphabetically in the crates to find them easily. Mount the crates on a side of a kitchen wall cabinet as a makeshift spice rack.
Turn a series of cheese crates into floating wall shelves with inner storage by mounting the bottoms of the crates to the wall. Align each crate horizontally for a wide shelf to display items atop; use two vertically aligned crates to display tall, narrow statues, figurines or empty candlesticks. In a den or man cave, use the crates to display vintage beer bottles or a collection of unusual beer taps. Paint each crate a color that matches the room's decor, if the old wood look doesn't quite fit your style. Secure the crates to wall studs or anchors to ensure they stay put.
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