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DIY Crate Bench

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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: Medium
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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/

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Aug 28, 2014

    Omg I LOVE this! Amazing piece! I would totally buy this if I saw it out! ;D

  • Polly Zieper
    Polly Zieper Fort Lauderdale, FL
    on Aug 29, 2014

    1. I love your bench!Do you know what the crates cost? 2. Did you consider putting a cushion on it?

    • Operation Home Blog
      Operation Home Blog Fort Worth, TX
      on Aug 29, 2014

      Thanks so much! The crates are $13.99 at Michaels, but if you use one of their 40% off coupons it drops them to around $8. I thought about a cushion, but decided to just stick with the wood for now. That would definitely be a great variation, though! :)

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Aug 29, 2014

    How absolutely adorable!

  • Louise
    Louise
    on Aug 31, 2014

    Terrific idea. And it could be made with just one crate or two for various spaces.

  • Liliana Wells
    Liliana Wells Jackson, GA
    on Aug 31, 2014

    I love the idea. I wish I had more space on my porch. Thanks for sharing.

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