I cannot lie. I love to shop. Not like ‘spend loads of cash shopping,’ but shop. Check stuff out, compare products, feel the fabric, turn it over, kick the tires… What I’m not really fond of is frequently returning or replacing items. So I frequently ‘shop‘ my own house or upcycle from a local thrift store. My grandpa upcycled before it was called upcycling. We were always so embarrassed because he’d drive behind the local grocery store and “borrow” their leftover wooden crates and pallets. Who knew 20 years later it’d be trendy to re-purpose commercial goodies, especially the wooden fruit and wine crates. As the eldest grandchild, grandpa once gifted me an Ojai orange crate as my reward for accompanying him in his voyage of crime. This Ojai crate has traveled with me to every house we’ve lived in. It even played the part of my nightstand in college. We are currently using it to store the kids’ arts and crafts supplies. I just recently painted it black and used Mod Podge on the vintage label. The vintage Ojai oranges label was so dry it was just flaking off the wood. The Mod Podge sealed the label onto the wood. Grandpa’s been gone many years now, but he would get the biggest kick out of how popular his coveted wooden crates and pallets are.
Here are some more inspiration crate ideas.
See which ones could work for you in your home.
how great is this foyer wall of brightly colored crates organizing all the family shoes
this magazine storage crate has been white washed & lined how great to store your periodicals
What ways have you upcycled in your home decor? Or do you have any thing in your home that you’d like to reuse? Or are you just like me and you love to shop, but don’t want to spend all your haed earned money on home decor?
This post was written by Christine Navin. Contact Christine at email@example.com
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