Apple Crates Shelf

3 Materials
2 Days

You may have noticed that I have a tendency to constantly redecorate my apartment. That is why I really like to take my time considering if I want to realize a large project. It is just no fun to work for weeks on something, only to take it apart again a few days later because I dont like it anymore. So for the last two months, I tried to decide, if I want an apple crate shelf, or whether the 1000 variations of this project on the internet have already ruined that idea for me. As you can see, I have given myself the green light and at least since yesterday I didnt regret it.
First I bought twelve apple crates from a farm for my shelf, cleaned them, sanded them...
...and then I amused myself for a few days with painting them (and large parts of myself) white.
Since I knew from the beginning that I wanted to mount at least one apple crate without visible support to the wall, I drew twelve small rectangles and pushed these around on paper until I was satisfied with a result. It would have been just too much trouble to test the form for my shelf with the real crates.
Now I only had to stack the crates, screw the top three crates to the wall and fill all that empty space.
Yes, I know. I've only painted white again! But this time I had a really good reason. I knew that the content of the shelf would be colorful and for colors white is just the most beautiful background!
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  • Marmota Peccable
    on Mar 9, 2016

    Love it! Do you think the crates would support many books' weight?

    • Bassetthound
      on Jan 29, 2017

      Books can bend solid board shelves over time. They might pull the crates apart.

  • Rachel's Trash~2~Treasures
    on Jul 23, 2018

    Why did you only attach the top three? Are the others sorta wedged in there now? This us a great idea for you storage for my boys' room too, but they're climbing hellions. Is this a bad idea? What is your opinion?

    • Ruth
      on Mar 12, 2020

      I had 3 sons and the slats will break when they climb and start growing and get too heavy. My sons are all grown men now, but I understand! Good luck!

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