Apple Crates as Storage

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We have a corner in our home between an archway and glass doors - it’s a little too small for standard book cases but a little drab when empty. I decided to experiment with alternative storage solutions, to add storage plus a splash of personality to this corner of our dining room.

The beauty of using apple crates is the ability to arrange them as you please. I have arrange two at right angles into the corner of the room.

The inside of the crates can be lifted with a light dry brush of paint, which highlights the texture of the wood. I used a white chalk paint which I had to hand.

The trick is not to put too much paint on your brush, its a good idea to have a practice on a scrap bit of wood to achieve the effect you are looking for.

I have placed my painted apple crate on top of the first two crates to create storage and a sense of display.

These apple crates add storage and personality to the room. I have added cookery books one side and arty/reference books the other.

The corner of the room is transformed, for very little money I have a corner of my home which feels like me.

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  • SnowKnitty
    on Jan 9, 2020

    Great addition for farmhouse charm!

    Did you make or buy the lantern/candle holder? I adore the rope handle!

  • JO
    on Jan 11, 2020

    I did this in the early 90's with old soda bottle crates !!

    Recently I made doll houses out of old wine wood crates !!

    Every idea goes around each year !!

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