7.25.2013

Thrifty Thursday: Decorating with Crates

Another thing I usually always find at the thrift stores are wooden crates.  For some reason I like to hoard them.  It is rare if I see one and don't take it home with me.  Maybe I just like them...I don't know!  But I have had fun using them around my house.  They typically cost between $1-$4.  
So I'm going to show you how I've used some of them to decorate.


 Now keep in mind, at the store they look like this:

Or something like this:



I do have to put a little bit of work into them, but usually paint does the trick!

Above my Kitchen cabinets:


Family room ladder shelf:

I added one to this shelf to fill in some empty space and give it more color:

Master Bathroom:

I placed flowers in mason jars, and stuck them inside this crate:


Boys' Bathroom:


 This one sits on the counter in the boys' bathroom.  I put burlap in the bottom, and then added a bunch of random stuff...I really like this one!

Laundry Room:

I have a lot of "above the cabinet" space in my laundry room, so I keep adding more crates 
to fill in space


Awhile back I was lucky enough to find this guy!  He cost $4.00 at Goodwill!  


There was no way I was going to paint him, but I struggled trying to find a spot for him.  I finally stuck him on the hutch in my kitchen.


So next time you are at Goodwill and see an old crate, snag it like I do! lol

39 comments:

  1. I have a bit of an obsession with crates too! Although, I don't find nearly as many as you've found! Lucky! :) Great ideas, too.
    -Kayla

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    1. Oh good, I'm not the only one! Lol! Thanks ladies!

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  2. You must have an awesome Goodwill. I used to live by an awesome one, but now that I've moved I've had a hard time finding a good thrift store. I go, and find nothing but overpriced things whereas I used to find so many cool things. Frustrating for me, but so glad your hunts are more fruitful!

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    1. I do, a few fabulous ones! Hopefully you find a good one soon!

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  3. Ooo I too love crates. You have put yours to use very creatively! I especially love the one with mason jars and flowers. Thanks for visiting my blog! I just added you to my g+ circles. ~Ann @ Tarnished Royalty

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    1. Thanks so much Ann! Thats one of my fav's too!

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  4. Oh I love, love, love how you use your crates, they are so fun and you create such lovely displays in them. Thanks so much for the visit to my home tour. I was so glad to have you stop by and I really do appreciate your gracious comments. I love that bonnet bench too. It is such a special treasure. Hugs, Marty

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  5. What a great idea! My favorite has got to be how you used it as storage on the bathroom counter. I hope I'll be able to find one in the thrift stores near us.

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  6. I love crates too. Your look so great. I love all of your vignettes.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Bev
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

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  7. I love crates! I have the same tendency, I pick them up whenever I can find them. I have a couple in the garage right now waiting for a makeover. Thanks for the ideas.
    Just found you via The FUn Friday Blog Hop.
    Sarah
    http://www.creativeramblingsblog.com/

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    1. Thanks Sarah! Good to know its not just me! Lol

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  8. I adore crates! I have some fruit crates in my home painted and used as shelves in the craft room, shoe holder, trays for the garden, pland holders and so on! But if I will have the luck to find a vintage crate like the last one in this post.. I surely do not think to paint it! It's amazing!

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  9. Visiting from Six Sisters link party. I'm a thrift store junkie! I love what you have done with these crates. Thanks for the great ideas.

    I'd love to have you share this or any of your amazing posts at our weekly Super Saturday Link Party. It starts Friday's at 6pm, hope we see you there!

    Tracy

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    1. Thanks so much Tracy! I'll definitely link up!

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  10. The goodwill by me very seldom has anything good. Love all the crates and how you used them.

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    1. Oh darn! I hate not finding good stuff! Thanks Tina!

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  11. I just Love crates! It all looks very rustic and cute!! Thanks for sharing on DIY Showcase Sunday!

    Shelly@Minettesmaze

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  12. I am a crate/trug/tool holder/plant holder/etc. nut. We make several different ones, I'm always trolling for ideas of different styles we can make. I use several we've made for so many great uses around our home and out on the porch/deck. Depending on how they're decorated, so many ways to make them more attractive to people. I love looking for ways to make them something people would love/use. Think one could be personally decorated as a gift. Now I just have to find a way to sell them. Been working on ways to get the word out.

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  13. Oh I love crates too! It seems there are a bunch of us from reading the comments. So pretty the way you have incorporated them into your decor to add a pop of color and structure. That Pepsi crate is quite hard to find and valuable! Great find!

    Wishing you (more) blessings!
    Linda at The French Hens Nest

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    1. Yes it does, and its good to know its not just me! Thanks so much Linda!

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  14. I will never look at crates the same. I'll be picking them up wherever I see them.

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  15. I love crates too, but for the life of me, passed up those with junk all over them. Never thought to remove the junk and paint them...duh! I love how you've used yours.

    Deborah

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    1. Haha! They are hard to notice with all the junk! Thanks Deborah!

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  16. Great eye for putting pieces together! Love if you would share this at our Nautical themed party...http://onekriegerchick.com/2013/07/29/make-along-monday-link-up-your-nautical-projects-2/

    Have a Happy Day!
    Ariean

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  17. I love, love, love all of your idea, these are all so cute. I need to find some and use them , such great storage and cute accessories. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  18. Cute! Thanks for linking up at Dorothy Sue and Millie B's too today!
    I hoard these too!!! I love how you decroate them.... You've given me some good ideas!

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  19. I too am a lover of all things crate - but they are hard to find here... Love the way you incorporated them into your decor - especially love the jars and flowers... Found you through Doroty Sue and Millie B's and am now a follower through Bloglovin'...

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  20. I am in love with these crate decorating options!! Head over to my Weekend Beautiful Blog party, would love to have you link up there!
    Shawna :-)

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    1. Thanks SO much Shawna, I'll definitely link up! :)

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  21. I love all the crates!! You have done some wonderful things with them!!
    Jenn

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  22. Hi Therena.... You've been FEATURED on Dorothy Sue and Millie B's too - Clever, Crafty & Creative Link Party... Here's the link: http://dorothysueandmillieb.blogspot.com/2013/08/clever-crafty-creative-linky-party-5.html
    Hope you'll link up again this week! Stop by and grab a button!!!
    Thanks!
    Suzie @ Dorothy Sue and Millie B's too

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