Who's ready to get a little more organized!?
Today I wanted to share a quick tutorial with you, for these simple, antiqued (totally Pottery Barn lookin') storage crates that I made for the DIY Blogger house project.
When Daybreak contacted me a few months ago, and asked if I'd be a part of helping design/decorate the DIY Blogger house, the first thing I asked was... "What space would you like me to help with?" There was a long pause and then Aly (the coordinator) said..."Well, you ARE 'the pantry girl', sooooo..."
LOL! I guess there are weirder things to be known for right?
In the end, as you might have read a few posts back, I ended up helping design the dining room and custom hutch as well, with Brian Clark. SO much fun!
But since I AM totally obsessed with pretty/cute organizing, I really WAS excited to take on this little pantry space, and find a few more creative ways to maximize storage in there.
In our pantry at home the two MOST clutter prone items for me were always spice packets and cereal boxes/bags. So to fix this problem I purchased a simple tin box from IKEA, for spice packets and also found a $1 wire basket from our local thrift store to house all of our cereal.
A lot of you loved these ideas, but were having a hard time actually finding the exact same items to use in your own pantries. So I got my wheels turning and started thinking about the vintage DIY crates that we built for extra storage in our new entryway nook. They were SO simple, pretty inexpensive to make, and could be customized to any shape or size.
So I decided that I would use this same technique to build a few custom crates and small boxes for the DIY Blogger house pantry too! You can see our original tutorial for the large vintage looking crates here, with step by step instructions.
The #1 tip I can give you, if you're going to be building these lightweight, customizable crates, is to use the pre-cut wood that you can find on the bottom shelves of your local hardware store. They are AWESOME for projects like this and are already pre-sanded and ready for paint or stain; saving you lots of time!
We've also used these slats in different sizes for lots of other projects, like our backsplash in the kitchen and decorative trim in our girls' rooms. They're fantastic!
We built a couple of different sized crates for the pantry. For the larger one, that we put cereal in, we had to reinforce it with a few triangular shaped posts on each of the four corners. To make those, we just cut a square board down the center. Then we measured how long and wide we wanted our crate, cut the wood to those dimensions, and started building!
The reason you want supports on either side, for the larger boxes, is so that you have something substantial to nail into, and also so the box stays strong and stable when you're lifting and pulling on it.
All we used to construct the boxes were small finishing nails and wood glue.
The whole process is really straight forward. As long as your pieces are all cut correctly, putting a box together is easy as pie! We didn't do any fancy 45 degree angles or nothin'! :)
To make the individual slots for multiple items, we just took some extra wood, cut it to the height and width we needed, used a guide to make sure they were all spaced evenly, and that was it!
Once the boxes were built, I just gave them a quick sanding around the edges, to smooth out any sharp corners, then used RustOleum's Early American wood stain and gave each of the crates a few good coats.
As you can see, I didn't bother filling in any holes, or sanding anything perfectly. But I feel like that's what gives these unique boxes all their character!
The decorative glass knob was purchased at Hobby Lobby for a few dollars.
I love the way these vintage-looking crates turned out, and really do think that they are a great option for helping things stay in their place and organized for a pantry or small closet space. Plus, you can customize them to whatever size, shape and color you need, so no matter what, they'll always match your decor!
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