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From Apples to Storage(s)

Over Christmas weekend (I know, we’re jumping back here), Kim and I took a trip with the folks to downtown Cincy for some coffee and a trip to Historic Findlay Market. We were on a mission for some high quality bacon to make the ultimate mega-BLTs for lunch, but the moment we walked through the door, this rustic apple crate caught our eye immediately. The vendor had been using it for utilitarian transportation, but I asked him if he’d consider selling it. Five bucks later, it was ours.

We’d been looking for something along these lines to store our blakets, board games and the like, since we’ll need to shift some things around once the media wall is complete. This crate was the perfect size and worn out in all the right places, so we knew it would be the perfect contrast to our soon-to-be sleek white built-in. It just needed a few minor improvements to make it’s big debut.

We started by drilling two small holes into the sturdy 1″ x 1″ frame of the crate. To get the proper placement, my lady simply measured 3″ in from each side, eyeballed where she wanted the pilot holes, then x-ed the spot with a black marker.

Using a 2′ length of 1/4″ manilla rope (enough slack to allow for the simple knots to follow), she then threaded through the holes and finished off each end.

Next up, I attached four 1 1/4 inch plate casters to the underside of the crate, being sure to position them so that the screws could find purchase in the thick outer frame and not just the somewhat-flimsy planks. I only ended up using the outer two mounting holes of each plate, since even the small plate footprint was too large for the inner screws to bite into any solid wood. Don’t worry though, they’re still plenty sturdy. We really liked how the brassy finish complimented the worn nature of the wood and the rustic feel of the rope.

And here she is in all her rolling glory. For a total of around $15, we have our stylish rolling storage cube, ready and waiting to dispense warm blankets and those much needed (but admittedly cheesy) board games.

We found the perfect home underneath a table that Kim refinished last year (and all on her own, I might add. Just look at the crafts(wo)manship! For some reason, it just never hit the blog). It’s like they were made for each other. Good work, Henry. Keep holding down the fort.

So there you have it. Easy, functional storage with a vintage feel for around fifteen bones. While Kim was hoping to buy a few more, it was all I could do to keep her at bay while we browsed pies and meats. Although, we’re also thinking those summertime farmer’s markets would be a potential spot to scoop more in a few months. I may not win that game.

Has anyone else used these crates for tucked-away storage in your home? If so, how do you have them on display? Horizontal rows, or maybe you’ve stacked yours vertically? Let’s hear about it.

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture - February 18, 2011 - 9:03 AM

    No crates, Scott – but I love yours and how you and Kim enhanced it! Well done (as usual!)!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d - February 18, 2011 - 9:11 AM

    Love it! It’s perfect storage and fits nicely under the table?! Bonus!ReplyCancel

  • Jacquelin Seybert - February 18, 2011 - 10:03 AM

    Fantastic! I love it when rustic pieces are mixed in with modern pieces! Happy Friday!ReplyCancel

  • RocketGirl - February 18, 2011 - 10:14 AM

    Swell mod job!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - February 18, 2011 - 10:30 AM

    Awesome idea! And well executed. Great job with that table, too.ReplyCancel

  • Sara @ House Bella - February 18, 2011 - 10:52 AM

    I don’t have any of these, but I’m digging their rustic elegance!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - February 18, 2011 - 4:16 PM

    Love it! I’ve been wanting some crates for a while.ReplyCancel

  • ann - February 18, 2011 - 4:19 PM

    I love what you did with the crate. Hopefully you’ll think of the folks when you use it, or think of the fun breakfast that preceeded the market.ReplyCancel

  • Brian - February 18, 2011 - 5:21 PM

    Nicely done! Looks like the crates in the backyard are going to be happy with this idea.ReplyCancel

  • kirsten - February 21, 2011 - 11:46 AM

    Such a clever idea. I have a few crates like this in our basement…looks like I have a fun weekend project now:).ReplyCancel

  • Centsational Girl - August 25, 2011 - 12:29 AM

    Every room needs a tad of rustic just like that! Such amazing texture it adds to the space, bravo!ReplyCancel

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