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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
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...
We added legs to the bottom board and bolted the crates together with chunky steel bolts...
Then, we attached the crates to the top and bottom boards with wood screws....
...and what was left was a droolworthy bench that makes me swoon every time...
I love the "Industrial-Schoolhouse" feel it evokes, especially up against our brick porch...
...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!
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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