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Vintage Wooden Cheese Boxes: Heirloom Home Accents

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Last Updated on January 19, 2024 by Rachel Granholm

Vintage wooden cheese boxes: heirloom home accents are like stories etched in time.

Do you even know what a cheese box is? I hadn’t up until a few years ago when my eye was drawn to one in an antique store. These vintage wooden cheese boxes: heirloom home accents, exude such rich character and patina.

There is something about them that is so raw… maybe it’s the wood or the small nails that hold it together. Or it could be the old, worn logo designs on the sides. Whatever it is that draws me to vintage decor and these storied boxes, I’m going to share with you some simple ways of decorating with vintage cheese boxes!

Brief History of Cheese Boxes

Cheese boxes were originally a tool used for transporting cheeses in branded boxes with lids.

They were first used in 1890 to ship cheese from Europe. These boxes were typically made of maple, ash, or hickory sides which were nailed to pine wood pieces on the top and bottom.

The wood on these vintage decor pieces was usually printed with the name of the farm or factory and the type of cheese. The box helped protect the cheese from flipping over during transport.

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You will find cheese boxes in large circular forms as well as rectangular boxes of varying sizes. Antique cheese boxes vary widely in value depending on the size, brand, factory, etc…

You can find them from as low as $8.00 to upwards of $40 or more. Cheese boxes are pretty easy to find in antique stores and come in a variety of sizes, some showing more wear than others.

Vintage Wooden Cheese Boxes: Heirloom Home Accents

These antique boxes can be used in a variety of practical ways in your home.

Here are some ideas to try:

1. As a place to corral essential oil bottles.

2. As a holder for rolled up cloth napkins in the kitchen.

3. To hold clothespins in the laundry room.

4. Flip it upside down and use it for height to put something on top of in a display.Winter shelf vignette

5. As a caddy to hold lotion or small bottles in the bathroom.

6. An organizer for essential pet items like ear wipes, nail clippers or shampoo.

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7. A larger one could be a pretty centerpiece on a table filled with faux greenery.

8. As a pen holder on a desk.

9. Cheese boxes make a great entry way catchall for keys, mail, or sunglasses!

Closing Tidbits for Vintage Wooden Cheese Boxes: Heirloom Home Accents

Simple and useful, cheese boxes are able to provide you with handy storage solutions. I truly hope that these simple ideas for using vintage wooden cheese boxes: heirloom home accents, encourage you to think outside the box when it comes to decorating your home!

Vintage decor, especially cheese boxes, are clever ways of incorporating raw wood accents into your space. Wooden cheese boxes are minimalistic yet add a touch of interest and character. Be encouraged to find one that speaks to you and make it a part of your story.

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  • I have 2 oblong ones and I use them for my tool box in my kitchen!

  • I have what people tell me is a cheese box. It is 16” across and 51” around. What can I do with this?

    • Rachel Granholm
      January 11, 2024 11:31 am

      Hi, Pam!
      ALL sorts of things! I use mine to hold cloth napkins, holding essential oils, as decor on a shelf, as a riser for shorter decor items, I’ve made a centerpiece using one before…is your’s a circle? You can create a Winter decor piece with it by sticking some birch logs in it with a scarf and some faux stems…it could also be used in a bathroom or kitchen for storage! Hope that gives you some fun ideas!

  • […] can use vessels that you already have for storage, as well. I used this vintage wooden cheese box to hold a set of fall napkins on my dining […]


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