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Several weeks ago, nine other bloggers and myself decided to take on a challenge. Buy crates from Michael's and create something with them. I decided on a DIY bench, which ultimately ended up as a cheerful addition to our front porch...
Time: 2-3 Hours Cost: $50-100 Difficulty: Moderate
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I purchased the crates from Michael's and the wood I'd need from Lowe's (the exact plan and dimensions are in my blog post). Then, I set about staining the boards and legs and "red-washing" the crates to allow the rustic wood characteristics to shine through. Once that was complete, it was assembly time...
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We added legs to the bottom board and bolted the crates together with chunky steel bolts...
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Then, we attached the crates to the top and bottom boards with wood screws....
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...and what was left was a droolworthy bench that makes me swoon every time...
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I love the "Industrial-Schoolhouse" feel it evokes, especially up against our brick porch...
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...and that pop of color rocks my socks! The thing that I love most, though, is the versatility. Sure, it's fantastic on our porch, but it would also be awesome in a mudroom to store shoes and purses, or in a child's room for toys. The possibilities are endless!
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For more details be sure to check out my blog post! :)
(P.S. The cost of this project can vary depending on Michael's coupons, type of wood used and choice of legs, so I stated a range.) :)

To see more: http://operationhomeblog.com/2014/08/27/the-great-crate-challenge/

  • Danielle Odin
    Danielle Odin Las Vegas, NV

    You just gave me an idea for a piece of furniture I need but cannot afford to pay the high prices. Thank you.

  • Linda
    Linda Roberts, IL

    Looks really good. Done a great job on it. That would really come in handy. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer Elizabeth City, NC

    Your construction is great! Very nice. I did something very much like that with a few different sized crates

  • Jazmin Aguirre
    Jazmin Aguirre Miami, FL

    awesome idea too, I want to know if they are strong enough for you to sit on it?

  • Joann
    Joann Pickerington, OH

    Why didn't you leave these crates upright for additional storage too? You could hinge the wood to the wall - or to another board behind the crates for ease of listing? Hate to see wasted space that could ultimately be great storage space!

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