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Alicia W
Alicia W
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  • Middletown, PA

3 Wooden Crates = Cool Locker

13 Materials
$45
2 Days
Easy

I found these wooden crates on sale at Home Depot and knew this would help with organization in our home.
3 wooden crates cool locker
I purchased three crates for this project.
3 wooden crates cool locker
Step 1: Sand
The wood was a little rough so I used medium grit sandpaper over the three crates. Once the crates were sanded, I wiped it clean with a tack cloth.
3 wooden crates cool locker
Step 2: Paint
I painted each crate using Valspar "Honey Vanilla" paint.
After the first coat was dry, I lightly sanded then applied a second coat of paint.
3 wooden crates cool locker
Step 3: Making the Doors
A- I used a piece of 1/4" plywood for the doors
B - I measured the length and width of the crate
C - and marked the plywood
D - I cut on my marks
E - and sanded the edges smooth
F - I painted each door using Valspar "Honey Vanilla" paint, the same color as the crates.
3 wooden crates cool locker
Step 4: Add the Hinges to the Crate
I used 1-1/2" x 1-1/4" hinges.
A - I measured 1" from the top of the crate and made a mark
B - I lined up the hinge with mark and then marked inside the top hole of the hinge
C - I drilled a hole on the mark
D - Using Number 4-40x1/2" machine screws, I attached the hinges to the crate. (I didn't use the screws that came with the hinges because the wood was too thin.
E - I drilled the bottom hole and attached it to the crate
F - I attached a bottom hinge at the bottom of the crate.
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3 wooden crates cool locker
Step 5: Hang the Doors
A - Line the door up to the hinges, mark and drill a hole. Using the machines screws, attach the hinge to the door.
B - I painted the screw heads on the outside of the crate the same color as the crate so they would be less noticeable.
3 wooden crates cool locker
Step 6: Add Door Handle
A - I placed the handle onto painter's tape, sticky side up, so it sticks to the handle
B - then I poked through the tape to mark the holes
C - I found the center of the door and marked it
D - then placed the tape onto the door
E - I drilled holes through the door using the holes in the tape as a guide
F - I attached the handle to the door using screws
3 wooden crates cool locker
Step 7: Add Magnetic Latch
Magnetic latches come in two parts - the magnet and a metal bar.
A - Attach the magnet to the top inside corner of the crate
B - Place the metal bar onto the magnet and add a drop of glue (red circle)
C - Close the door. Reopen the door and the glue will be transferred to the door (red circle)
D - Glue the metal bar to the door. I used Welbond glue.
3 wooden crates cool locker
Step 8: Add Numbers
I used 5" house numbers.
A - I found the middle of the door and made a mark 1" down from the top
B - I drilled a hole on the mark
C - I used the same machine screws as I did on the hinges; however, they were silver so I spray painted them to match the number
D - then I screwed them to the door
3 wooden crates cool locker
Step 9: Making the Wooden Dividers
I wanted to have pieces of wood between each crate for stability and so it looked nicer. I used 1" x 12" pine.
A - I measured the top of the crate
B - and marked the wood with those measurements
C - I cut the wood
D - and sanded it smooth
E - I added quarter round trim to the edge of the board. I used wood glue and brad nails to attach the trim to the board.
F - And stained the entire thing with Minwax "Provincial" stain
I cut four pieces of wood for the tops
3 wooden crates cool locker
Step 10: Assembly
A - I placed one board on the bottom of the first crate
B - and screwed it in place (red circles)
3 wooden crates cool locker
I continued to place the boards between each crate and screw them in place.

For the last crate, I screwed the board from the underside so the screws wouldn't show.
And here it is! It works perfectly to corral things that are always all over our home like my purse or my shoes

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3 wooden crates cool locker
And here it is! It works perfectly to corral things that are always all over our home like my purse or my shoes.
3 wooden crates cool locker
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2 questions
  • Jba2212284
    4 days ago

    The name and manufacturer for that beautiful stunning blue wall color please?

  • Joanne
    Yesterday

    where did you get the numbers?

    • Any hardware or home improvement center will have a variety of house number sizes and styles to choose from, or shop on line.


      Another option is to make them with a Cricut or similar type craft cutter or even stencil the numbers on.

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