Apple crates as storage solutions

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We have lived in our home six and a half years We designed the living room to be timeless, so fairly traditionally decorated with neutral colours, old leather sofas, tall book cases packed with books, a wood burner plus a traditional rug.

We decided to update the feel of the room. I was keen to bring in a touch of originality, recycling, something that represented our personality’s.

After much discussion the furniture was rearranged, books sorted and parted with (most went to the Greenhouse Trust a local environmental charity). Our conversations revolved around a cube effect storage solution running below the long window. This gives us the ability to continue to close the curtains.

Thoughts ranged from Ikea to apple crates. Thankfully apple crates won – we played with a layout.DIY Storage solutions - apple crates

 

Then I remembered some wooden shweppes crates given to me by my Grandad (he packed me a tool box when I left home).

Apple crates as DIY Storage solutions

These add a variety of shape and design as well as the sentimental value. Once agreed on layout we then cleaned and sorted the boxes. Some were cleaned and waxed.

wooden crates as storage

Others were lightly brushed with thinned down chalk paint to highlight the texture in the wood.

apple storage painted with chalk paint, DIY storage solutions

The crates are sturdier than envisaged, so there is no need to bolt them together. This gives us flexibility for rearranging as and when the desire take us.

textured wood

We love the finished result.

The room feels spacious (it is a large room), modern and reflects our personality.

 

It’s great to change the look of the room for £50 worth of apple crates (thanks to ebay),

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6 Comments

  1. February 13, 2017 / 8:01 am

    A really good idea and have used for my craft stall display before, as they are also handy to pack stuff into for transport.

  2. February 13, 2017 / 8:08 am

    What a great idea, they look stylish and unique.

  3. February 13, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Amazing project! It looks so beautiful and vintage!

  4. February 14, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    That looks fabulous and I really love those Schweppes crates – they definitely look vintage!

  5. February 14, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    These look great and how lovely to have such versatile storage. It’s nice to have been able to incorporate the boxes from your granddad too.
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