I love a good repurposing project, how about you? Taking something old and reinventing it for a new purpose gets my creative juices flowing. It also helps to clear out some of the
junk stuff I have accumulated over that last few years. It’s hard for me to pass up a good yard sale find or thrift store score much to my hubby’s dismay. I think even he was pleased with how this repurposed crate turned out.
This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure HERE
This past weekend was a busy one for us here on Pearl Street. Our granddaughter showed her horse at the fair. Isn’t she just the cutest little thing?! And that horse just the biggest thing?!
Then we spent time with some of my husband’s classmates at a local restaurant. Good times had by all, but not a lot of time this weekend for projects. I did manage to get this repurposed crate done though, because it was so easy.
I work across the street and next door to a couple of awesome antique stores in this little town (it makes payday really challenging, let me tell ya) and last fall I purchased an awesome old extra large crate. It had great lettering stamped on it and I had no idea what I was going to use it for, but for the price I couldn’t NOT buy it. It’s kinda like those “
draw sucker you in” end caps at the stores that my husband always accuses me of shopping from, hehehe!
Until just a month ago the crate lived it’s life as a shelf next to our fridge. I had crocks in it and stored my potatoes and such in them.
Then I moved it next to the fireplace after moving the bookshelf that was there to use as pantry storage because I thought my recently REPURPOSED DOOR would fit there (which of course it didn’t…need to learn to measure and not eyeball), but it just didn’t suit me being used as a shelf.
It wasn’t as sturdy as it should be sitting on it’s end like that and well, it just wasn’t pretty that way. I couldn’t see the stamped printing and the finish on it was dulled, it needed a redo badly.
So what did I do with it? Something so simple that I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before.
I added wheels. This is an extra large crate so I decided to use 4 sets of wheels, so eight total to make sure it wouldn’t sag in the middle. BTW, did you know that those packages of wheels don’t come with screws?
Sheesh, that was another hour trying to find just the right ones. After trial and error and a somewhat mismatched bunch I am proud to say that those wheels aren’t coming off and there are no more screws sticking through the inside.
Next I took it out to the garage (the hubby’s man cave), sanded the sides and knocked off the sharp edges. Old crates don’t lend themselves to being sanded very well. Then I applied a coat of lacquer to darken the finish just a tad bit. Once it was dry I brought it back in and put it to good use! After all what good are repurposed items if they aren’t functional as well as pretty?
I am so happy with how this turned out!! We have waaaay too many blankets, so this was a great way to store some of them. I think it would be great for kids toys or wood for the fireplace…who knows where it might end up next.
How would you use this repurposed crate?
Talk to you soon,