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 HoursCost: $50-100Difficulty: 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.) :)

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