Sunday, October 26, 2014
Weekend Project: Fruit Crate Shelf
Friday afternoon I wandered into Zoe's Store on 14th, a great little thrift store, always full on inspiration, and picked up a simple wooden fruit or veggie crate for $12. (They had a sturdier 25 dollar option, but I thought this ricketier one had more charm).
Since shabby chic is all the rage right now, you can find thousands of ideas for what to do with these crates on Pinterest. I thought to make a shelf out of mine.
Coming to me as is though, meant it needed some work.
I pulled out some old nails, and added some new ones.
Gave it a serious scrubbing (the clear water in the pail was practically mud by the time I was through.
I resisted the temptation to paint it, wanting to salvage the original labeling on top.
And instead gave the inside a coat of a deep mahogany stain (two in one stain and polyurethane sealant).
Added some brackets for easy hanging and threw it up on the wall.
Furnished it with an ikea lantern, and a pair of milk bottles, not to mention some fresh fruit, and there you have it, a quick and easy weekend project in the bag!