1951 Woman's Day Re-purposing Wood Crates

February 06, 2013
I recently picked up a copy of Woman's Day magazine from 1951. 

I was surprised to find an article, complete with how-to instructions, on re-purposing humble packing crates. Of course it wasn't called re-purposing in 1951, rather making Early American Adaptations or Brand New Antiques

So if any of you creative types have run out of new ideas for pallets, here are some new "old" ideas:

I wonder if Early American will ever come back in style?

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  1. Wow, that is way too cool. I do think they were in desperate need of some chalk paint though! :)

  2. I give Early American another five years before it's back. That flower stand that looks like scales looks very familiar.

  3. Absolutely it will come back! Fruitwood stain will be all the rage again and WE can give young bloggers tips on how to strip all that chalk paint and milk paint off their wood pieces. :)

  4. 1951? Wow! I never knew women were into building things/crafting then..but then it was post WWII, so that makes sense. Neat article.

  5. What a fun article to find! Paint everything white and call it shabby chic!! Hugs, Linda

  6. Like Tracy, I was gonna say that all that was missing was the chalk paint. Fun to see all the great ideas there. Some of those were pretty cool!

  7. So fun Carlene. Loved all the ideas! I wonder too, but history does have a way of repeating itself. Sometimes with a twist. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. Mid century repurposing at its finest. They sure had the right idea, but now we'd all be painting them. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.


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