Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Crate Tutorial

The past few days have been drizzly, overcast, stay-in kind of days.  I've had no excuse not to get some indoor projects finished.  

I found this crate at a resale shop last summer.  The top and bottom of the crate was in bad shape, but there was something wonderful about its shabbiness.  I've found that you either love that shabbiness or don't understand it.  There's no in-between!

But this had potential!  Shabby cuteness!  I know, cover the top with sheet music!  I learned a few tricks when I did the sheet music dresser.


I haven't figured out why I need to pay twice the money to buy Mod Podge when white glue will do.  I just put some glue in a bowl with a little bit of water and stirred it up.  I used a sponge brush to "paint" on a coat of glue to both the crate top and the back of the sheet music.  My puppy, Rowdy, seems to approve.

I thought about putting casters on the bottom, but at $8 each, I decided there had to be a better idea.  

There was!  Found these cute little legs at Lowe's for less than $2 each!

So I gave them a coat of ASCP Old White, and finished them off with a coat of clear wax and dark wax.

Now if you've never put legs on something before, it's really pretty ease.  When you buy your legs, buy these brackets, too.  They're less than $2 and you just screw them onto the bottom of your project.

The legs already have screws embedded and you just screw them into the bracket.

So what did I end up with?  How 'bout a side table!

That ugly crate cleaned up kinda' nice, huh?

Stay tuned this week for the how-to on the map lamp shade!

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Debbiedoo's said...

CUTE! I love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing with my newbie party. Have fun.

Cristina @ said...

Hi Cindy, I love how it turned out, my favorite's the music sheets on top! I'm following on GFC and Linky, hope you follow too.

Cindy said...

So cute! I love the legs and the sheet music!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

It looks wonderful, Cindy! Very cute. xo, Sherry

Jen Lossing said...

This is so cute. I found you over at Debbies Newbie party. I am your newest follower! Great job!

Kammy's Korner said...

Oh my, that is such a great idea!!!! This is one of the main reasons I host Trash2Treasure, to get all your wonderful inspiration! I've truly been inspired by your link today!!!! Pretty sure I need to get some of those $2 legs!!!

Meg said...

What a great transformation! I'm your newest follower. I would love a return follow and if you joined my little party:

Hope to see you there!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love the feet on it- what a great idea! and rowdy is too cute!!!

Your Craft Book said...

What a great new lease of life for the crate, it has really turned out beautifully and is sure to be a conversation piece, Maureen.

Stephanie said...

Nice job. It looks terrific.

savvycityfarmer said...

cute as can be!!!!

please place my button with the other link parties, perty' please

Heather @ The Junktion said...

This looks amazing!! I love it. Great idea. I have a couple crates sitting around right now that I need to put this to action on.

Good Time Charlie said...

This is so cute! I am going to go look for those legs. Sometimes they can be so expensive. Did you make those little paper covered spheres too? Those are cute!

The Greeley Girls said...

liked what you did. and especially the instructions. i may use down the road.
i'll see things in another light when i'm out. elizabeth
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Jennifer @ The Brilliant Crafty Type said...

Looks awesome! I found 4 short table legs at Goodwill for $4.99 and I have them stored away for the perfect project... when I find it...

Mandy said...

Love how this turned out! Thanks so much for sharing it at Project Queen. I'm your newest Linky Follower. Follow me back , if you like.


Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

You have a great eye for seeing potential! Well done!

Ginger said...

Love this! Featuring YOU today over on my blog! Thanks so much for sharing at {wow me} wednesday,

Ginger @