Boy howdy, it's been a while! There has been so much going on around here the past couple of weeks. We've decided to put our house on the market, which means lots of preparation and tending to little projects that we've been putting off. I've been a cleaning, patching and painting machine, and in the midst of all of that, our oldest daughter had a birthday...with not one, but two parties! Along with listing the house, came the push to finally take and post photos of our place. If you'd like to take a peek around, you can do that by clicking on the new, Our House page. I'm continually adding more photos as I tidy rooms and snap more pics.
For today though, I want to share with you just a few of the ways I use wooden crates around my house. While all of mine are vintage ones that I've found while thrifting, I want you to know that you can achieve a very similar look by using brand new ones purchased at the store. And because I'm now a bonafide Home Depot affiliate, I will share with you that they carry wooden crates in a variety of sizes. Their Large Wood Crate runs only $11.67. You can choose to have it shipped to your home, or to the store where you can pick up for free. Also, if you visit the page through this link, you can scroll through the thumbnail images and watch some videos on even more ways to use them!
One of the things I had to have in this house was a wood burning fireplace. I just love the smell. There is something so comforting about it. Maybe it's because for the first 10 years of my life, our house, aka "The Barn" was solely heated by a wood stove. I'm not certain, but I do know that I love it. Bringing in armloads of wood can be quite messy though, so I enlisted the help of this old wood crate to help keep things in order. If you buy new, and decide to use a wood crate for a firebox, think about adding some stain, and stenciling on some lettering. Then give it a light sanding so that it looks aged.
Another way I use wooden crates in our home decor is to flip them on end and use them as small side tables. Typically you want your nightstand to be close to the same height as your bed, so this one definitely falls a little short, but how cute would it be with some legs added to the bottom for a little extra height? I'm thinking these 4" Wood Tapered Legs would be just about perfect for my crate.
Whatcha think? They are only $2.48 each. I'd say that would make for a very unique and inexpensive side table. Oh, and tape off the wood, then spray paint the metal part gold! Looks like I've got a new project on the radar. PS-I also love that I can stack my books inside!
Ok, so I realize that not everyone has a freakishly large dog in their life. But, for those of you that do, have you ever considered elevated food bowls? I looked into buying some for a while before I decided to make my own. They were pricey, not that attractive, and didn't seem to have very big bowls. I mean, the whole reason I'm elevating the food is because my dog is ginormous, hence, he eats A LOT! Those small bowls just weren't going to cut it. So for this project, you'll need a wooden crate, a bowl with a lip, and a jigsaw to cut a hole that your bowl will nestle into.
*If the bottom of your crate is not solid, you'll have to cut a piece of wood to fit the top of your crate and cut your hole in that. You'll also want to add a couple of small chunks of wood to the underside to help keep it from sliding around.
Do you have kids? Are you constantly searching for one missing shoe right as it's time to be walking out the door? Well sister, I can relate. My girls were always misplacing shoes, leaving them strewn about the house, and frantically searching for that one shoe as I yelled at them while I walked out the front door. So, I decided to take control of the problem and placed a wooden "shoe box" right by the back door. I was lucky enough to find one that had a divider in the middle. Now each daughter has her own little cubby in the shoe box. No more searching for shoes at the last minute, no more fighting over whose are whose, and no more answering the dreaded, "Have you seen my pink Nike?" questions. Which makes me, one happy and less stressed out Mama!
How about you...how do use crates in your home? Do you prefer rustic or freshly painted? Please share you thoughts and ideas in the comments.
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