Meredith Wouters
Meredith Wouters
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  • Albuquerque, NM

Holiday Crate - Where Organization Meets Decoration


I was looking for a way to keep all my cozy blankets and special Christmas books handy for snuggling up with my kids during the holiday season, without them spreading out all over my living room. This cute little crate turned out to be the perfect solution.
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Follow along to learn how to make your own grain-sack-stripe decorated crate, using a standard crate and some leftover chalk paint and craft paint!
holiday crate where organization meets decoration, chalk paint, christmas decorations, how to, organizing, seasonal holiday decor, storage ideas
First, start with a crate. Nothin' fancy. I got mine at Home Depot, but I just saw virtually the same one last week at Hobby Lobby too.
holiday crate where organization meets decoration, chalk paint, christmas decorations, how to, organizing, seasonal holiday decor, storage ideas
Give it a little sanding, to knock off the shredded wood and splinters.
holiday crate where organization meets decoration, chalk paint, christmas decorations, how to, organizing, seasonal holiday decor, storage ideas
Paint the whole thing with chalk paint. I used DecoArt's Chalky Finish paint in "Primitive" because I had some leftover from another project. Chalk paint is great for this kind of project, because you don't really need to prep the wood, and it covers in only one coat. Allow it to dry completely.
holiday crate where organization meets decoration, chalk paint, christmas decorations, how to, organizing, seasonal holiday decor, storage ideas
Use painters tape to lay out a grain sack pattern. Grain sack comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors, so there's no "right way" to do it.
holiday crate where organization meets decoration, chalk paint, christmas decorations, how to, organizing, seasonal holiday decor, storage ideas
I used some leftover craft paint in a berry red color for the stripes. It took a couple of coats.
holiday crate where organization meets decoration, chalk paint, christmas decorations, how to, organizing, seasonal holiday decor, storage ideas
Once the craft paint is dry, peel off your tape. Be careful to keep the pattern together, so you can easily apply it to the other side of your crate.
holiday crate where organization meets decoration, chalk paint, christmas decorations, how to, organizing, seasonal holiday decor, storage ideas
Use the craft paint to fill in the handle with red.
holiday crate where organization meets decoration, chalk paint, christmas decorations, how to, organizing, seasonal holiday decor, storage ideas
Attach the tape to the other side and repeat the last three steps.
holiday crate where organization meets decoration, chalk paint, christmas decorations, how to, organizing, seasonal holiday decor, storage ideas
I thought it still needed a little something, so I painted the top of each slat, and all around the top edge of the crate.
holiday crate where organization meets decoration, chalk paint, christmas decorations, how to, organizing, seasonal holiday decor, storage ideas
Once all the craft paint is dry, use a cloth or brush to smooth finishing wax (also from DecoArt, in their Chalky Finish line) over the whole project. Then buff gently.
holiday crate where organization meets decoration, chalk paint, christmas decorations, how to, organizing, seasonal holiday decor, storage ideas
My grain sacks stripes look a bit like racing stripes, but I think they'll be OK once I style everything in the Christmas spirit!
holiday crate where organization meets decoration, chalk paint, christmas decorations, how to, organizing, seasonal holiday decor, storage ideas
Voila! Perfect blanket storage, that also works as Christmas decor.
holiday crate where organization meets decoration, chalk paint, christmas decorations, how to, organizing, seasonal holiday decor, storage ideas
Now, for some hot chocolate and snuggly reading!
p.s. This was part of a challenge I did with several other bloggers, so make sure to check out my blog post to see their inspiring crate projects too.
Meredith Wouters

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