Every once in a while we do a project that has us wondering, “why the heck haven’t we tried this before!” and using craft crates to make DIY built-in shelves was one of those projects! I think I said 250 times, “This is so stinkin’ easy!”
This project was part of our coastal bedroom makeover episode we did for “Knock It Off” If you missed the episode a few weeks back, you can check it out here!
We’re big fans of craft crates, we like that they’re cheap, easy to work with, and totally customizable! We picked ours up at Michael’s on sale for just under $10- but, we were kinda bummed though because they were on sale online for seven, but we waited and missed the sale. Dangit!
First, we painted all the crates white. You could use spray paint, but it would get costly, and you could paint by hand, but your arm might fall off… we used a paint sprayer and it made it a quick and easy step!
We use a sprayer similar to this one that we connect to our air compressor. Sometime soon we’ll do a round up of our go-to tools for the show- I know a lot of you have been emailing us about that.
Once the crates were dry, we brought them into the room and stacked them on two bathroom vanities that we had picked up at our local ReStore. We did a combo of vertical and horizontal and left open squares where the wall color could show through.
Once we had them all stacked, we just put a couple nails into the back of each crate, securing it to the wall. It doesn’t get any easier than this people. If you saw the episode you know that I did this project with a 6 month pregnant woman and even she worked it like a boss! If you’ve never tried one of our building projects before, this would be the perfect one to start with!
Finally, so that the crates could go all the way across, we cut a piece of pine, painted it, and rested it on either side, attaching it with a few nails. Then, we could just sit the top row right on top (we also attached them to the wall with nails- we don’t want to be the ones responsible for anyone’s built-ins crushing them in their sleep! Yikes!)
Sorry we don’t have more process pictures, but you could watch the episode (hint, hint) and then see every step in real time! Jess and I were chatting about this project and we think it could have a completely different feel if they were painted black or another color. This room has a coastal vibe, but it could work with a ton of styles!
So, if you’re looking for an inexpensive solution for built-in storage, give craft crates a whirl!
PS- If you think this project is kinda-sorta cool, would you Pin it? Facebook has been killing us and not letting the world see our projects. Thanks for the help- we SO appreciate it! Darn you Facebook! LOL.