I came across some old scientific scales at a deceased estate auction a few months back. Not that I needed scales that would measure tiny grams – it was the box that caught my eye. It went for a song, as who uses these old things now?
I sanded back the wood and applied a crackalure glaze to it so that it looks old and interesting. Then I lined the floor with an old map – I liked the way that the patterns and colouring of the map seemed to mirror the crackling of the glaze.
I love things like this as they can really make a display, or create a focal point. This one could work well for shells and coral:
A collection of Victorian and vintage decanters and glassware would also look great pulled together in a neat little cabinet like this, the glass of the cabinet echoing its contents: