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Wood Crate Update for Craft Storage

Creating a craft space that is my own, a place where I can blog, or read or create...brings me great joy!

Thankfully I have a hubs who appreciates my gifts and is happy when I am!

When I shared my tips for organizing craft supplies by color, I told you that most of the items in my room were repurposed. Today's project, an updated wood crate, is just one example.

Don't throw out baskets and bins, even if they're no longer your style! Repurpose them using paint! That's what I did with these wood crates; now they match my office decor! See more at diy beautify!

Rather than get rid of two pink wood crates from my daughter's nursery, I held on to them and updated them to suit my office space.

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You've probably spotted these wood crates at Target. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the two I had, they just needed an update, which was so easy to do with paint.

Don't throw out baskets and bins, even if they're no longer your style! Repurpose them using paint! That's what I did with these wood crates; now they match my office decor! See more at diy beautify!


Supplies Used

Directions

I wanted to paint the inside of the crates a different color from the outside, and this little trick made it really easy to do.

I slit a kitchen trash bag down the center.

Don't throw out baskets and bins, even if they're no longer your style! Repurpose them using paint! That's what I did with these wood crates; now they match my office decor! See more at diy beautify!

And then I taped the straight edge all the way around the crates, including the narrow top edge.

Don't throw out baskets and bins, even if they're no longer your style! Repurpose them using paint! That's what I did with these wood crates; now they match my office decor! See more at diy beautify!

I took the crates out to my garage and gave the insides two coats of spray paint.

Don't throw out baskets and bins, even if they're no longer your style! Repurpose them using paint! That's what I did with these wood crates; now they match my office decor! See more at diy beautify!

I am in looove with this beachy blue color! I've used it on other projects in my office, including my wood slice clock and the picture frame that I turned into a dry-erase memo board.

I painted the outside of the crates with two coats of the Primitive chalk paint, which is one of my favorite neutral chalk paint colors (sort of beige, sort of gray) and finished with a coat of the clear Creme Wax. If you don't enjoy buffing, this is the wax for you. It can be applied with a brush, and adds a light sheen.

You can find Americana Decor Chalk Paint at Michaels, Home Depot and other craft stores. It's a nice alternative to the pricier brands (think Annie Sloan), and I've never been disappointed with it!

If you're wondering what brand of chalk paint to try, you might enjoy this post I wrote. I, along with some blogger friends, reviewed over 10 brands and included examples of pieces painted.

Okay, back to the painted crates!

Don't throw out baskets and bins, even if they're no longer your style! Repurpose them using paint! That's what I did with these wood crates; now they match my office decor! See more at diy beautify!

I love the little pop of color on the inside!

The last step was adding a little chalkboard tag so I can see at a glance what's inside...because I'm one of those weird people where out of sight truly means out of mind!!

Don't throw out baskets and bins, even if they're no longer your style! Repurpose them using paint! That's what I did with these wood crates; now they match my office decor! See more at diy beautify!

The two bins look great on my large bookshelf, along with all the other bins, baskets and jars that corral my crafting supplies, many of them found at Walmart! I'm much better at staying organized when everything has its place!

Don't throw out baskets and bins, even if they're no longer your style! Repurpose them using paint! That's what I did with these wood crates; now they match my office decor! See more at diy beautify!

Orderly...and pretty. That's a win in my book! If you want to see how I organized my paint supplies (by color) in a hutch I'm using in my office, you can read all about it here.

Don't throw out baskets and bins, even if they're no longer your style! Repurpose them using paint! That's what I did with these wood crates; now they match my office decor! See more at diy beautify!

I'll be sharing the full reveal of my office space soon, including the awesome desk that I found! I hope you're inspired to reuse and repurpose items you may have been thinking of throwing out!

Disclosure: I am proud to be a DecoArt Blogger, and as such, some of the paint supplies for this project were provided by the fabulous gals at DecoArt.


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2 comments:

  1. This turned out really neat. I love the fresh minty color on the inside of the boxes.

    Iris
    The Blue Birdhouse - DIY Blog

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