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« on: September 12, 2019 10:37:05 AM »

My Mom gave me this old wooden chest that she got for $10 in Alaska sometime in the 1970s. It used to be a stained a brown color, but the stain had worn off in a lot of spots and was generally pretty dodgy. My husband stripped and sanded the old stain, and we discovered that the chest was made of different kinds of woods for different parts of the chest. So, instead of staining it a different color, I just put a white wash over it.



I wanted it to be a kind of tribute to Terry Pratchett's discworld books, as a reference to The Luggage. It doesn't have lots of tiny feet and isn't sapient, but we put some Discworld stickers on it and whenever we visit someplace new we add more stickers to it. Once it's sufficiently covered in stickers I'll probably put a coat of sealer over the top.



It also serves as a plant station. I seem to kill most plants I encounter, except for orchids. I keep my orchids in a glass house and apothecary jar, water them when they're dry, give them plant food every so often, and they seem to be doing well. In the winter, I'll replace the bulb in the lamp with a grow bulb so they stay warm and get some extra sun, since the days are really short here in the winter. The lamp itself is an eBay find; I found similar ones in the local stay and on Wayfair, but they were outside my budget.



And a bonus picture of my cat with the plants and windows.
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2019 11:24:36 AM »

Very cool.
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2019 07:27:39 AM »

Awesome chest andI love the way you did the orchids. They are the only plants besides a cactus that I cant kill.

Where did you get the big glass jar?
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2019 07:29:28 AM »

Awesome chest andI love the way you did the orchids. They are the only plants besides a cactus that I cant kill.

Where did you get the big glass jar?

I got it from a home decorating/gift type store in Savannah, GA when I was in college. So, 2007-2009? Somewhere in there. I've seen some similar ones in Michael's recently, though.
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2019 05:23:42 PM »

Utterly distracted by that comfy looking room. I had to go back to see what you were highlighting there. Looks great!
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2019 07:31:58 AM »

You have added so many nice touches to your house! Now I want to go get a cloche for my orchid. Cheesy
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