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How Would You . . .

For this week's How Would You, I'd like you to look at this rather humble Red Cross Pine Chest ($750). How would you integrate it in your home? Would you paint it? Refinish it? Leave it as is to reflect its history? What would you store inside it? What room do you see it in?

Tell me by commenting below!

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Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 9 years
This is a really great piece. I'd definitely leave it as is. Beautiful!
lukal lukal 9 years
This could be a jammin' first aid kit. It would look good in a bath area, if you have the space. I would never refinish this lovely old chest. I like it as it is.
pastel pastel 9 years
I'd paper it in maps and then stain the maps with paint and use it as a dining table and store dishes and things inside it which I'd line with silk.
stoopeed stoopeed 9 years
I'd put guest essentials (towels, soap, lotion, air freshener, just-in-case toothbrush etc.) and keep it by the bed in the guest room.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
I don't think I'd change a thing about it. I'd probably use it as a side table next to a low sofa or chair. I could also see using it for storage near an entry. Also love the idea of using it in the bathroom for towels.
Ellenora Ellenora 9 years
I would either leave the wood as is or stain it to match other woods in the house. I would probably store throw blankets in there because they tend to be thin and place it in front of the foot board in the bedroom. You could probably put some subdividers in the box and use it to separate craft items. You could use it as a storage bin for Barbies and other toys--human and pet alike. There's a lot you could do. I don't think it should just be used to store medicine because it's a Red Cross chest or it's respectful. Using vintage is a way of rethinking how it can be used, not just for the purpose it was used for.
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
I would leave it as is. The Red Cross is a great bold graphic. In addition to a bathroom, I think it could look great in a living room, office, kitchen or entryway. Personally I'd place it with some modern clean lined items for a pop of contrast. Stored inside? The obvious - first aid kit items. Or really anything small and similarly themed that you need infrequent access to.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
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RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
That quite a price tag for an unfinished box.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
never mind, I see the dimensions now.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I definitely would not paint it. Like the others I would use it in the bathroom. I'd store medicines in it or small hand towels/wash cloths. I also see it as an accessory in a den or family room maybe with dvd's or cd's in it, or remotes, a small blanket etc.. just basic storage really. Do we know the dimensions of this box by the way?
Mintie Mintie 9 years
I love antique and repurposed items... So, I wouldn't change it. And I think I'd put it in the bathroom...probably not store much in it as it doesn't seem a convenient storage solution...
melody20 melody20 9 years
wow, first comment! ^^
melody20 melody20 9 years
I´d store medications on it. Probably would leave it in the bathroom´s closet. But i think i wouldn´t buy it... If i´d use it anyway else i´d think of soldiers losing their legs or even their lifes. Wouldn´t like to paint it either, cuz i think it wouldn´t be respectful.
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