We have a few things left to do to our covered porch before it’s ready for cookouts and company. One of my favorite projects so far gave us some much needed storage and best of all, it was (nearly) free.
I have to admit it, I’m not shy when it comes to asking for free stuff.
You never know when someone is ready to give up something they consider junk.
When the idea struck me to repurpose a crate into a storage table, I drove to four different garden centers before finding the kind soul who gave me a bulb shipping crate in exchange for being sworn to secrecy of my resource.
I’m good with that.
Today, I’m going to show you how easy it is to turn a crate into a side table that doubles as storage.
If you can’t find one at the garden center, check with the grocery stores. You can also find some reasonably priced vintage crates at an antique store.
If all else fails and you can’t find a crate, Lolly Jane shows you how to build a crate yourself in this simple tutorial.
Other than the crate, you’ll need:
- (4) caster wheels
- (2) hinges
- A handle for the lid
- 1/2 inch plywood for the top that overlaps the crate by 1/4 inch on all sides
- Medium grit sandpaper
- A paint brush
- Watered down white latex paint
- Dry Rag and a tack cloth
- Outdoor polyurethane to protect your piece if you plan to use it outside
First, you’ll want to sand the crate and plywood top. Then, wipe it off with a tack cloth to remove the dust.
To give the new wood an aged look, brush on watered-down white paint and let it sit for a couple of minutes before wiping it off with a dry rag.
To make sure you have the ratio of paint to water to your liking, test it out on the bottom of the crate first.
After letting the paint dry a couple of hours, seal the wood with an outdoor polyurethane.
Next, add caster wheels to the bottom of the crate.
Screw in the hinges for the lid.
And you’ve got yourself a super cute side table that doubles as storage.
I’m using our crate on our covered porch to hold gardening supplies.
In the winter, I’ll use it for storing pillows but it would also be the perfect place for keeping the kids’ outside toys.
Who doesn’t need a little extra place to hide the clutter?
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