I Went Antique Shopping…At My Grandma’s House

Hi friends! I just returned home from a fabulous vacation to Crescent Bar in Eastern Washington. The past few days were spent laying out in the sun, boating, eating way too much food, hanging out with good friends and watching Miss E have a blast in the pool. We had such a wonderful trip but it’s always nice to be home and start working on new projects! On another note, I’m guest posting at Bullfrogs and Bulldogs today, so check it out!

I don’t have any new projects ready for you just yet so I thought I would show off some of the amazing goodies I just received. The other day I was on the phone with my grandma (who just turned 90 I might add) and she mentioned that she was in the middle of a HUGE cleaning spree and was taking loads of things to the dump. I stopped her right there and basically yelled, “WAIIIIIIIIT! Can I PLEEEEASE come over and look through everything before you throw it away?!”

Thankfully, I have the greatest Grandma in the world and she asked what I was interested in so she could set things aside. This was my list: 1) wooden crates or ladders 2) old jars 3) craft supplies 4) tin 5) cool things. Based on my list, here are all of the things she set aside for me. Swoon. Did I tell you how much I love my Grandma?

1. Old apple crates that my Grandma built with her own hands 75 years ago

2. Galvanized Pail

3. Wooden wine crate from 1980’s

4. Antique stool that belonged to my great great grandma (I’m in love)

5. Cedar jewelry box

6. Basket

I would have easily bought all of these pieces at an antique shop and to think that they have been part of my family for so many years makes them so much cooler.

I am in love with these old apple crates. My grandma grew up on an Apple Orchard in Washington and these were the crates she built for her apples. She’s kept them all of these years and I cannot wait to make something with them. I really want to keep the authenticity of the apple crates because there is so much history to them.

This wine box came from a popular winery just up the road from me, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. The box dates back to 1982. I was born in the 80’s so I hope this isn’t considered antique just yet :)

Obsessed doesn’t even come close to how I feel about this stool. The fact that it is my great great grandma’s is so special. Part of me wants to keep it just the way it is and part of me wants to paint it and refinish it. What would you do?

The cedar chest is really well made. I’m planning on giving this little guy a big makeover, my jewelry is in desperate need of organization!

On top of all of the amazing pieces my grandma gave me, I was also lucky enough to snag some beautiful jewelry. How gorgeous how these brooches and pearls?

What what would you do with some of these finds?

I can’t wait to get started :)

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Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. says

    What a lucky girl to have found so many wonderful treasures in your own family, I can’t wait to see what you do with them.. I enjoy your blog and have nominated you for the Versitile Blogger Award. You can check out all of the info on my blog. Congratulations!

  2. says

    Holy score! I LOVE that wine crate! So cool that your grandma just HAD all of these things. I personally would keep that stool as is – I’m sure it’d be super cute in a space for Elle. :)

  3. says

    It’s great to buy new stuff made to look like old stuff and even better to buy “authentic” old stuff, but the very best to get old stuff from the people who originally had it, especially if they are family members. I love that your great grandmother used that stool makes it so fantastic. And those pearls are gorgeous!

  4. says

    Oh no! I hope you don’t paint the stool! One day you’d look at it all painted and wish you could get that cool old finish back. You can’t buy that. And good for you keeping up with your grandmother. It’s a good thing you were on the phone with her before she went to the dump! Nice save. I always think about how many people are trashing the coolest stuff every day thinking it’s garbage. Glad you were able to save some family history and score some cool stuff in the process.

  5. Rita says

    I think I’d keep the stool as is. For me, it would have more meaning that way. Besides, you can always paint it later if you decide to, but once it’s painted, it can’t be restored to its original state.

  6. Tani@Tagana Rose says

    Love the apple crates….they are so gorgeous and well built:) I can’t wait to see what you do with all of the pieces!!

  7. says

    if you havent painted the stool yet… check out the real milk paint company’s web site. they have a burnishing paste, or paste wax you should be able to apply over the chippy paint. It will help hold old finish together but make it feel a little fresher and easier to clean. If you don’t already know about milk paint it’s amazing stuff! Extremely safe for around kiddo’s too. Great blog taryn!


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