Turn New Crates into Rolling Storage-Tutorial

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I am doing a budget friendly family room redo and I needed some storage for the kids toys. It seems, no matter how big our basement playroom, all of the toys and all of the kids end up playing in our family room. It's attached to an eat in kitchen and where the action is at-so I can't really blame them. Do the kids always want to be under your feet at your house too?

I grabbed 4 of these plain wooden crates at Michael's. They were $14.99 regular price, but use a coupon for goodness sake!

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I started by mixing up my favorite natural wood stain. I used this to stain the crates and to weather the new metal brackets I used to attach the crates together. I just paint on the stain and for the metal, I let the brackets and screws soak in the mixture for at least 24 hours.

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I painted one coat on each crate and waited. When you paint the mixture on, it will look pretty light, but don't worry it darkens with time. I haven't tried but I bet if you let the mixture sit for longer you will get an even darker result.

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I bought the wheels at Home Depot and screwed them onto the bottom of 2 crates.

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Then I stacked 2 crates, attached them with the weathered brackets on front and back, and screwed the wheels onto the bottom.

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For the 2 single crates I grabbed 2 wood plaques and spray painted them black. I used jute to tie them to the fronts of the crates. Then, I wrote on them with chalk-it actually wipes off and goes on again and again! Who needs chalkboard paint?

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We have been using the new storage for a few weeks now and everything is holding up well!

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The singles are holding blocks, Legos, and animal figures, our hottest toys of the moment.

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The stacked crates are holding our kids' books and DVD's.

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I am kind of impressed that I made this work. It went smoothly and quickly-I like that almost instant gratification:)

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How do you handle your kid clutter? I made this chalkboard organizer for backpack and lunchbox clutter. I am always looking for new, easy, and inexpensive organizing solutions so please share anything exciting you use in your home!

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Here are 20 other things you can do with wooden crates!

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Comments

  1. This is fantastic! I have the crates, I have the coffee, I have the vinegar, and just need to get the steel wool, wheels, and brackets. Thanks for the great tutorial!!

    • Awesome! It is so easy and since I am not too picky about the color of stain this is always perfect for me. Hope it works out well for ya!

  2. Love it!! I have a thing for wood crates, they look genuinely old, but yours will hold up much better!

  3. fantastic! Pinned. Have a great rest of the week.
    Sarah

  4. Love your crates. I have seen and used the vinegar and steel recipe to age my wood, but would like it darker. Never thought about adding coffee (don’t know why, because I use it to age paper and fabric). Thank you for sharing. I will be adding coffee to my recipe. Pinning!

  5. I love these Kim- definitely have to come up with somewhere to use this idea!!

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