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before & after: vintage crate + plant display stand

by Kate Pruitt


Sarah’s beach cottage has had its fair share of chic salvaged furniture over the years: we featured Sarah’s chalkboard fridge last fall and her polka dot desk makeover a little over a month ago. Today she tackles a simple old wooden crate and gives it her signature laid-back beachy style. Great work, Sarah! — Kate

Time: 30 minutes

Cost: $15

Basic Steps: First, clean and disinfect the box. Then mix water-based paint with water to a milk-like consistency. Wash the paint onto the box with a paintbrush and allow to dry. Then tape the stencil to the box with masking tape and stencil onto the box with pencil. Last, fill in the stencil numbers with the pencil.

I would advise people to keep their eyes open for old wooden crates and boxes in flea markets and elsewhere, as they can be easily cleaned up and up-cycled without too much of effort. This is also a rewarding project if you are not particularly  “crafty” but want the satisfaction of saving something from the landfill . . . the only skill you really need is the ability to color-in and keep a steady hand when stenciling, and even if you haven’t got that, your mistakes can easily be erased! — Sarah

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CLICK HERE to see Alicia’s crate display stand after the jump!

I love old wooden crates, and when I saw this project from Alicia and her husband, Demetrious, I was instantly inspired to make my own version of this vertical planter display. The piece cleverly allows for lots of storage without taking up much floor space. It looks great with plants, but it could hold a number of things beautifully. Great job, Alicia and Demetrious!

Time: 10–12 hours

Cost: $86

Basic Steps: First, my husband Demetrious took all of the crates and measured how the stacking would work and how far up on the stand he wanted them to go. He drilled a hole in the bottom crate so that it would rest on the pole and be the only stationary crate. He then welded the brackets onto the pole and attached the crates to them. This allows the crates to move around so the piece is totally adjustable! He made the top drawer out of old barn wood to finish the look, and then sanded the base. We are putting it in our store to use as a fun display piece for scarves and accessories, but it would make an amazing end table or office storage unit — really, the possibilities are endless!

My advice is to take your time and measure, measure measure before you cut or make any final changes. Use your imagination to make pieces that you have never seen before come to life. It’s so fun! — Alicia

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