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.
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.
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.
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)
2. The screws on the legs were too long, so there was a gap that didn’t look very good. (Double oops)
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!
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.
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!
Here are some more After pics because we all love pictures from different angles!
See, I told you it was the prettiest little crate makeover. Do you agree, or is it too frilly for you?
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