Weekend project: Upscale Crates

This weekend, I upgraded a few storage crates. These were a few cheap wooden crates that you can get from Walmart or Michaels or Amazon for $10-15.  I just stained them a darker color and added some corner brackets. Now I use the crates as storage bins for our living room blankets and for my boyfriend’s soccer scarves.

Before:

original-crate

 During:

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Staining wood is super easy. I always use this brand because it dries quickly and the color always ends up perfect. To stain the crates, I recommend using an old rag or an old white t-shirt. Mix the stain, dip the rag into the stain and slowly brush the wood stain onto the crate. For these, I used two coats because I wanted them to be pretty dark. A few words of advice: definitely do this outside, as the smell can be strong. Make sure to put down plenty of paper because it’s easy for the wood stain to drip. If possible, wear disposable gloves! Wood stain will stain your hands for a few days.

After:

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I love the way these turned out! As an added bonus, I used some corner brackets that I found off on Amazon to give these crates a more vintage feel.

crate-corner

What do you think? Any other wood staining tips?

Weekend Project – Kitchen Storage

My boyfriend and I recently moved in together, which has been really exciting because it’s given us an excuse to redo rooms and make his condo less him and more us. My old kitchen had open shelves and a lot of the houses we’ve fallen in love with (via open houses and Fixer Upper episodes) have had open shelves. He remodeled his kitchen before I moved in, and there wasn’t really much opportunity to open up the shelves. One day while sitting around brainstorming what other spaces I could redo, a brilliant idea came to mind: put some cool, industrial style floating shelves on the empty wall near the dining table. I did a quick Pinterest search and sent him an example. He was on board instantly. Now, I have more of a classic, chic style and he has more of an industrial style so it’s been fun [and sometimes a challenge] to mesh our wants together. My preference almost always wins, but this time I figured a more sturdy, wood & iron style, mixed with more classic shelf decor would be perfect. He actually found the ones we decided on, and we love the way they turned out!

Before

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After

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We ended up getting these 36″ wide shelves off of Etsy. Yes, we could have probably gotten something cheaper, or built our own, but we really love the way these turned out. However, I have to warn you, these were not very easy to put up. We thought we could accomplish this during halftime of the KU game…we were wrong. Nonetheless, once we finally finished we were all smiles because this little Saturday project turned out much better than we expected.