I was wandering through a local market recently when I spotted slightly battered but fairly unremarkable box stood on it's end propping up an old blue and white washbowl the stall holder was selling. On closer inspection the outside had a good finish with dovetailed joints and all the time worn distressing any vintage lover could possibly want. Bushel boxes and old crates fetch mad prices on eBay and in vintage boutiques so it was fair to expect the price on something similar would be a little rich for my blood, but I was carting it home under my arm for only £5.
Given my ever expanding library of books I'm always running short on shelving or flat surfaces to put them on and the first thing that occurred to me was to pilfer some of my favourite hardbacks from an overstuffed bookcase, turn the box on it's side and rehome them there.
It worked well and I'm so happy with the way it looks, it's funny how often an idea that seems fantastic in your head doesn't translate half as well in reality, this time I wasn't disappointed and I'll be keeping a keen eye for similar finds.