I’ve been very excited for today- and for good reason! The lovely April from House By Hoff and I have teamed up to bring you a new monthly series- $30 Thursday.
On the first Thursday of every month, we’re going to be sharing a new project that costs $30 or less! Gotta love that, right?
Plus, we’ve created a joint pinterest board where we’ll each pin our $30 Thursday projects. That way it will be super easy for all of you to find a little inspiration to projects that are completely manageable on a budget! Be sure to head over to pinterest and follow the board!
Before I show you my project, let’s meet April!
Now, with that said, here’s my first project!
My inspiration started with these crates from Pottery Barn:
Awesome, right? I loved how versatile they could be and how much storage they could add to my kitchen. The price on the other hand was WAY beyond our budget. $119 for two crates was a little extreme! (They’re no longer available for sale.)
So, I grabbed up my handsome hubby and headed to the garage to start building.
And here’s how we did it- complete with lots of pictures! Luckily we had most of the supplies on hand!
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- 1 Package Cedar Tongue and Groove, we cut them down to our desired size, below (Pine can be used instead.)
- 1/4″ 4′ x 8′ sheet of Underlayment, we used leftover pieces from another project
- 1- 1″ x 2″ Cedar Board, cut to size, below (Pine can be used instead)
- 1/8″ x 12″ x 12″ Birch Plywood
- Table Saw, this is similar to ours
- Miter Saw, this is similar to ours
- 18 Gauge Nail Gun
- 1 1/4″ 18 Gauge Brad Nails
- 3/4″ 18 Gauge Brad Nails
- Air Compressor
- Tri Square
- Tape Measure
- Sandpaper, medium grit
- Chalkboard Spray Paint
- Foam Brush
- Minwax Early American Stain
- Hot Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
First thing, we had to do decide on the size. Pottery Barn’s crates were a whopping 18″ long x 11″ wide x 18″ tall. There was no way that I could make that fit on my counter top- they were too tall! We cut the size down to 18″ long x 11 ” wide x 14″ tall.
To make this project as cheap as possible, we used wood that we already had on hand. However, you could absolutely make this project for $30. Places like Home Depot and Lowes have an entire section dedicated to pre- cut strips just waiting to be used.
Because we had Cedar tongue and groove planks on hand from my DIY sign, that’s what we used. We had to cut off the tongue and groove part.
Then we cut that in half to make it into two strips.
Once we had all the pieces cut, we started cutting the wood blocks for the frame. For that we used 1″ x 2″ cedar boards, which we also had on hand from the sign.
Once he had the “legs” cut down, he started cutting the planks into 18″ and 11″ pieces. We cut enough for 2 crates, so 16 pieces total. 2 on each side.
I started sanding down the splintered edge.
Then Anthony started to figure our how he was going to put the crates together:
To get an exact spacing, we used a piece of the wood, which we cut down, to use as a guide.
He used a square to make sure everything was even.
And then starting nailing the strips to the legs.
With the first strip in place, we used clamps to keep them on the table, put the spacers in place and nailed the second strip to the leg.
We did the same thing to the other side of the crate. Once that was done, we started adding the 18″ strips to the long side.
And repeated that on the other side. Which gave us this:
Once we had the first crate done, I decided it was too tall. With the table saw, we cut the legs off to 3 inches showing on the bottom of the crate.
Before we figured out how to add the bottom, we started making the second crate, which would sit inside the first one. We left a gap on the top of the first strip and the top of the 1″ x 2″ block. See the above picture if that doesn’t make sense.
This is how they stack.
Next, we started installing the base of the crate. To do that, we used the same 1″ x 2″ blocking that we used for the legs. We measured the inside of the legs on each side of the crate and wedged the block between each leg.
We wedged the blocking so that it was flush with the bottom strip and nailed them into place.
For the bottom of the crate, we used the same wood that we used for our plank wall.
We measured the crate, then used the table saw to cut around the blocks in the corners.
After the corners were cut, we pushed the bottom into place.
And nailed the corners.
That baby is solid!
Before I started to stain the crates, I had the hubby cut down some craft wood into strips for the chalkboard labels.
Then I gave them three coats of Chalkboard spray paint.
While I waited for the spray paint to dry, I started staining the crates.
I used Early American by Minwax. Love that color!
Luckily, I only had to do one coat. I let it sit the entire time that I stained the crate. Once I was done, I used a t- shirt towel to soak up the extra stain.
Then, I started on the second crate.
I am beyond thrilled with how the wood absorbed the stain.
And, I was totally shocked to see that the bottom stained the same as the sides and legs. We used a different material, and all wood stains differently. Honestly, I was prepared to line the crates if the bottom didn’t take the stain very well. I totally dodged that bullet.
To get in between the strips, I used a shop towel and wiped in the gaps.
I let them dry overnight.
The next day, I brought them into the house and attached the chalkboard with hot glue. Easy!
Here’s the finished product!
They hold so much fruit and vegetables!
I can’t even begin to describe how much I love these! They turned out awesome and look so ridiculously close to the Pottery Barn version that it’s a little unbelievable!
That, my friends, is a very successful knock off!
The price couldn’t have been better. $119 compared to the $30 we spent is quite the difference- and one that I’ll be proud to display on my kitchen counter! 🙂
Be sure to head over to April’s blog and check out her awesome set of DIY chalkboard table and chairs!
Here’s a sneak peak!
And that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoy our very first $30 Thursday! Thanks for joining us! 🙂
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