Today is the last day of my “blog vacation” I have the most awesome friends that have stepped up to help me have some time off to celebrate Jamie’s special day and recuperate from it all.
Today is no exception. My friend Suzanne from Meridian Road writes an awesome blog and she has a great project for you today!
Hi! I’m Suzanne from Meridian Road, and I’m so excited and honored to be Gail’s guest today! I remember the first time I visited My Repurposed Life. I was so impressed with Gail’s skills! She knew what she was doing and it showed. I’ve been following her ever since!
Today I’m going to show you how to build this storage crate.
I needed some storage pieces in a very specific size, and I couldn’t find any. So I decided to build my own.
The front and back of the crate are just unfinished photo frames.
(I decided to use frames because then I wouldn’t have to cut any pieces for the front and back of the crate. I’m scared of my table saw. Plus, they were just the right size.)
I got them at the MallWart, and I think they were less than $5 for both.
The sides are pieces of lattice cut to size. (I’m not scared of my miter saw. Go figure.) I wanted mine 10 1/2 inches long, but you could make yours longer.
You won’t need this flap.
Just pry it off with a screwdriver.
But you might want to save the flaps.
They look like neckties, and Father’s Day is coming up!
This is where the girl part comes in. (As if admitting fear of a table saw were not enough!) I don’t have clamps big enough to hold the slats until wood glue has time to set up. So I just hot glued them in place.
(pay no attention to that piece I didn’t pry off.)
It’s a good idea to check and make sure you have good right angles along the way. I used two slats along each side, and three on the bottom. But you could use more if you wanted to!
For the next step, I took it out to the garage.
I drilled pilot holes, using the smallest drill bit we have. Make sure your bit will go through the side piece into the frame, but make sure it won’t go too far into the wood. Drill straight down; two holes at the end of each slat.
Then tap in some really small brads. You could just skip the brads, but I don’t know how sturdy the crate would be if hot glue were the only thing holding the crate together.
(If you use the brads, don’t skip the pilot holes! You don’t want things to split.)
I also drilled a hole in the bottom center of the front panel for a knob. Rope handles would be cute, too. Or cup pulls. Or it could be left plain.
(You know what else would be cute? Using vintage wood rulers and yardsticks for the slats! Then you could just stain the front and back of the crate.)
Then I painted my crate.
I used some Caribbean blue craft paint for the base coat. No primer. This makes the wood grain swell a little. When the blue paint dried, I dry brushed some flat white house paint over the top. The wood grain showed up really well.
I added this cute knob and the fabric panel in the front. That’s the fun thing about using photo frames for this project. You can change the look any time!
(There are some real imperfections in my crate. I had more than one “GAHH!” moment over that. But you know, if I decided not to do anything unless it turned out perfectly, I’d never do anything. Sometimes cute and functional is enough! And sometimes just cute is enough. But I rarely go for just plain functional. There’s not much fun in that.)
You can find these frames in lots of different sizes, so you could go larger. Practically any size you might need! I think they’d be great for kid’s storage. You could put their photo in the front, or a picture of whatever is supposed to go in the crate. They aren’t expensive to build, either, so they’d be nice as gift basket containers.
Thanks for reading, and thank you, Gail, for letting me come play at your house!
Aww Suzanne! It was great having you over. Thanks so much. I love your picture frame crates!
I’ll be back tomorrow! Did you miss me?
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