Hi Friends! Wow it’s been awhile. I am glad to be back on the web blogging. I had a ridiculously crazy holiday season at the shop and at home but it was so wonderful. I hope you all had a great holiday season too!! It feels good to be able to take a deep breath and sit down and show you my latest creation.
I’ve partnered with Crates & Pallet to participate in Home Depots’ Winter Storage Event. I had to create something storage related out of large crates. The hard part was narrowing it down to just one thing. I could have created a book on how to make storage out of crates!!
I chose to use 3 large crates with lids (you can order online at crates & pallet or Home Depot offers them and they are a SPECIAL BUY right now!!) This is what they look like when you get them.
I am going to attempt to make a storage bench for toys. Here we go.
First I took the lids off and attached the three separate boxes together.
I used 1 inch wood screws and my Ryobi 18 Volt Cordless Drill/Driver to do this. I wasn’t shy about using plenty of screws 🙂
After the 3 crates were firmly attached I bought a 1 x 12 x 8 piece of pine (at Home Depot) and cut it to fit the length of the bottom of the crates. This will support the crates and give them a sturdy place to sit on especially since I am making a bench of them too.
I attached the pine board to the bottom of the crates with the same 1″ screws I used earlier. I went in through the inside bottom of the crates and drilled the screws down through the crates into the piece of pine.
I am now ready for to put some legs underneath the pine board. I chose to use legs to raise the bench up off the floor to create even more storage space underneath the bench.
I bought 9″ traditional wood legs and heavy-duty top plates for the legs to screw into.
I ended up using 5 legs and 5 top plates. I need the extra leg in the middle to support the weight if someone were to sit in the middle of the bench. (I tried it out and it bowed a little, so the extra leg was necessary:))
I chose to paint the crates a sage green color and the legs white to match these adorable cushions I scored at Goodwill for a great price. They were perfect for the size of the crates and I didn’t have to get my sewing machine out which always a plus in my book. I like to think I can sew well but I always get a few extra gray hairs by the time I am done with it.
As I was getting some extra storage baskets out the basement for under the bench, guess who made themselves comfortable on the new piece of furniture. I swear he thinks he’s top dog or something!!!
I also had some extra chalk board signs hanging around from my last project, DIY Wall crate storage bins, so I made a quick toy sign and glued that puppy right on the front.
If you know me at all, you would know that I am slightly OCD about organization and I totally push it on my family. So now the kiddo’s know where toys are to go!! Easy peasy. When you are done playing with them go straight back in the toy bench! Double bonus!
There you have it folks. Super cute, easy and multi functional. Add some extra baskets underneath for added storage space too and I can flip the seat cushions for a different look.
I am just tickled pink with how this turned out.
Hope you all have a wonderful week! Next week I am showing you how I transformed an old steamer trunk to its original beauty!
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(This post was sponsored by Crates & Pallet. I received the product in lieu of a post write up. As always, pinions expressed are my own!)