The Prettiest Little Crate Makeover


Wow I can’t believe August is almost half over, can you?  Where has this month gone?  First there was the unbelievable experience known as Haven, then I had to make up for all the sleep I missed, then I was sick for a few days.  It’s taken me a little while to finish this project and share it with you guys, but it’s a cutie.

The prettiest little crate makeover.  Great for storing magazines or keeping remotes in one place!

When I think of crates, I have visions of rustic wood in earth tones, usually distressed with beautiful vintage charm.  An example is a 100+ year old crate that I added legs to and made into a table (see it HERE).  But this time in the spirit of being different, I decided to go against the typical idea of a crate makeover and make one as pretty as possible.

Before:  The prettiest little crate makeover.  Great for storing magazines or keeping remotes in one place!Instead of long skinny legs like I used for my crate table, I opted for short stumpy legs.  I was thinking of using this crate in the living room either for holding magazines or all the remotes necessary to operate a TV/DVR/DVD entertainment system.

First I sanded the words on the sides so the texture wouldn’t be so obvious, then I painted everything with two coats of white latex paint.

I screwed the plates on the bottom and added the legs.

The prettiest little crate makeover.  Great for storing magazines or keeping remotes in one place!

This is where I had two fails, but I realized it too late:

1.  The screws for the plates were too long, so they poked up through the inside of the crate.  (Oops)

The prettiest little crate makeover.  Great for storing magazines or keeping remotes in one place!

2.  The screws on the legs were too long, so there was a gap that didn’t look very good.  (Double oops)

The prettiest little crate makeover.  Great for storing magazines or keeping remotes in one place!

I had neither of these problems on my last crate project.   Boo.

Even with those issues I didn’t want to just abandon my project, so while I was figuring out solutions I moved on to the next step which included a stencil.  (I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with stencils, I love them but they usually hate me.)  This time I’m happy to say it worked out pretty well!

The prettiest little crate makeover.  Great for storing magazines or keeping remotes in one place!

Then I had to figure out how to fix my problems.

1. For the nails poking through, I bought some 1/4″ foam from the craft store and cut it to size.  I covered it in drop cloth and used another stencil on top.  Then I just slid it inside the crate and now there’s no chance of being poked by screws.

The prettiest little crate makeover.  Great for storing magazines or keeping remotes in one place!

2.  For the gap between the crate and the legs, I got some super pretty girly lace and hot glued it around the bottom of the crate.  It hides the gap really well!

The prettiest little crate makeover.  Great for storing magazines or keeping remotes in one place!

Here are some more After pics because we all love pictures from different angles!

The prettiest little crate makeover.  Great for storing magazines or keeping remotes in one place! The prettiest little crate makeover.  Great for storing magazines or keeping remotes in one place! The prettiest little crate makeover.  Great for storing magazines or keeping remotes in one place!

See, I told you it was the prettiest little crate makeover.  Do you agree, or is it too frilly for you?

Love crates?  Click HERE for 17 Repurposed Crate Ideas from some of the top bloggers!

Jen

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18 Comments on The Prettiest Little Crate Makeover

    • Jen
      August 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks friend! Who would think that a small project would end up being so much work?! 😉

  1. Alli
    August 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautiful! You are so talented.

  2. Kirsten @ One Tough Mother
    August 13, 2013 at 7:50 am (4 years ago)

    Jen, you are so amazing! You have such a great eye for things – love this little crate! Great job 🙂
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  3. Cindy Eikenberg
    August 14, 2013 at 5:55 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Jen! I am totally in love with this crate and absolutely adore how you transformed this! Just beautiful! I am sharing on my FB page today – thank you so much for sharing and have a fantastic day!
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    • Jen
      August 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you Jenna! I didn’t even realize that the blues matched until after I finished the project! 😉

  4. Liz @ Infuse With Liz
    August 15, 2013 at 8:47 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi- visiting from Ivy and Elephants. Your crate is adorable. You finished it off real cute.
    I wonder if a dremel could cut the tips of the screws off inside the crate?

  5. Mel
    August 17, 2013 at 1:54 am (4 years ago)

    Thats so pretty and girly, I really like this crate makeover, I would totally fill it with my yarn or quilt projects by my chair! I love the stencil you used too.

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    • Jen
      August 18, 2013 at 10:09 pm (4 years ago)

      OOH, I didn’t even think of it holding yarn- great idea Mel!

  6. Susan
    August 19, 2013 at 9:40 am (4 years ago)

    I love rustic looking crates, too. But this pretty little crate looks perfect in your living room. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

    • Jen
      August 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you! I just stopped by your party and linked it up! 😉

  7. Linda @ Mixed Kreations
    September 16, 2013 at 5:09 pm (4 years ago)

    What a great makeover! Love your crate, it turned out so pretty. I like how you added the lace around the bottom. Makes a really cute magazine holder. I think it would make a cute bed for a small pet too! Thanks for sharing this cute project. Pinning!
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