|Cheesehead wearing a Cheese Hat|
However we do love cheese. I'm particularly partial to sharp cheddar myself. And a few miles down a back road from where my husband grew up can be found Holland's Family Cheese, who were named Grand Champion at the 2013 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest for their aged Gouda cheese. I have personally on frequent occasions sampled their flavorful goudas. My favorites are their Burning Mélange and Basil Pesto. Check out their online store if you'd like to try some for yourself.
You'll be happy to know I am at last getting to the gist of this post. I was walking through my local Goodwill store one day when I stumbled upon, almost literally, an old cheese box. These were, and still are, used for aging certain types of cheese. Well, my Cheesehead brain just couldn't let me walk away from such a find. Also, my husband and his four brothers all worked in a cheese factory through their teen years, so I thought it might be a nice little homage to his past.
I decided to turn the cheese box into a side table. I have it sitting on the back porch.
I added some caster wheels so that it moves around easily and it makes for some nice extra storage. I love the writing and stamps on it and the rusty staples. It definitely is a nod to the popular industrial trend in decorating. For those wondering, no it doesn't smell like cheese. It did smell a bit like musty old wood but I wiped it down with white vinegar and now it smells like pickles. Just kidding. The vinegar smell quickly goes away and it's a great way to rid old furniture and the like of odors.
|"Wisconsin Junior Cheese"|
This is where I'm sitting as I write this post. The cheese box is the perfect size and height for the Ikea Storsele chair and has just enough room for my vintage fan and a place to set down a cool drink. It's the perfect spot for a hot and humid midwestern summer afternoon. The pillow is also from Ikea.
And in case regular readers (if there are any) recall that I have two Storsele chairs, the other one is doing duty in my living room for the time being.