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Pine Storage Crates~ DIY

'A place for everything and everything in its place' 

My grandmother used to say that all the time.
It was a favorite saying of hers and it truly does make sense.
Everything feels so much more orderly and calm when it is organized.

But honestly, sometimes I am not as organized as I would like to be.
Add to that the fact that my creative brain loves to be surrounded by fabrics
magazines and things that inspire.

Everyone needs a place to put all their treasures things like fabric swatches for a possible project
or old style pinning- meaning clippings from magazines - not to mention those magazines in general. I have stacks of them and am constantly adding to those stacks
with new ones that are filled with inspiration.

I move those stacks around a lot since I am always looking for that something that caught my eye
 and inspired a project that I want to take a closer look at.

My office is a multi purpose type area
it is my office,
my craft area,
my sewing room,
 my inspiration area,
my project area,
my catch all area.
Add to that that it is a small room
so not a lot of space for using larger pieces for storing those bits
and pieces that projects need.

I have my grandmothers china cabinet that does hold a bit of folded fabrics
photo props or stacks of china but I needed something smaller that would hold
things that tend to clutter up my desk area.
Something that was in keeping with the room and its style
and that was easy to move around and use in various places.

Like under my desk holding fabrics & drop cloths

Or in the corner holding those stacks of magazines

Something that was vintage, rustic charming
and would help with storage.

Like simple pine crates.

I love crates. LOVE. 
They are so versatile and easy to use in so many areas.
This one was inspired by some of the vintage ones I have seen in various places.
Made with simple construction out of pine boards and finished with an antiquing wash
to stain it ever so slightly and give it that aged pine look.

I love that they have that vintage industrial vibe and that you can do so much with them.

Best thing about these crates- you can stack them tall for more vertical storage
or on their sides to hold things inside of them
or as I am showing them with the bottoms on the bottom
(did that make sense?)

Perfect for holding nearly anything and everything 

but I also love the idea of being able to just roll them over
to where you want to use it- so I added chunky industrial wheels to one of them
and it might be my favorite. ;)

I love how these turned out and 
  will share a tutorial for how to make one of your own
 as well achieving the 'aged' pine finish in a separate post

What is your favorite way of organizing your space and reining in that clutter?

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  1. Courtney, your office is beautiful! What a lovely place to work and create!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  2. I've been thinking about making some of these. Love the look and the wheels on the bottom is so functional! I'll look forward to your tutorial!

  3. I love the color and simplicity of plain pine in decorating. Lovely.

  4. Love these, Courtney. Can I ask where you got the wheels......Lowes? I'm wanting to add some to both a crate I have and a checkout cupboard I'm using for my next Show.


    1. Hi Kathleen!! Yes, the wheels are from Lowes. They have a few different sizes to choose from too so they should have just what you need for each of your projects. :)

  5. A crate with wheels is a great idea, Courtney! This would make storing those things I keep hidden under my sewing table skirt so much easier to access. Looking forward to your tutorial!

  6. I love your crates with the casters, great idea!

  7. Wheels on everything is the way to go. I'm seriously thinking about putting wheels on all my bookcases so that they are easy to move around!


  8. Me encantan las fotografías, son geniales. Ha estado un regalo el visitar tu bloc, te invito visitar el mio y disfrutes de la fiesta nipona del Hanami, si te gusta espero que si no eres seguidora te hagas ahora.

  9. I'll just say ditto to everything that was said by everyone. I have books and magazines I don't want to part with and that certainly is a clever way to store. I'm looking forward to the tutorials.

  10. I'll just say ditto to everything that was said by everyone. I have books and magazines I don't want to part with and that certainly is a clever way to store. I'm looking forward to the tutorials.

  11. So love crates also!! I have carried one through many moves!! It has been on my daughters wall to hold books or dolls!! Moving again soon, and I am going to paint it and use it on the wall again!! It's probably 25 or so years!! i really love all your projects and your home!! I can't get enough of it!!