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Repurposed Crate, Just Add Wheels

I love a good repurposing project, how about you?  Taking something old and reinventing it for a new purpose gets my creative juices flowing.  It also helps to clear out some of the junk stuff I have accumulated over that last few years.  It’s hard for me to pass up a good yard sale find or thrift store score much to my hubby’s dismay.  I think even he was pleased with how this repurposed crate turned out.

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Easy repurposing project using a vintage crate turned rolling storage by just adding wheels.

 

This past weekend was a busy one for us here on Pearl Street.  Our granddaughter showed her horse at the fair.  Isn’t she just the cutest little thing?!  And that horse just the biggest thing?!

Easy repurposing project using a vintage crate turned rolling storage by just adding wheels.

Then we spent time with some of my husband’s classmates at a local restaurant.  Good times had by all, but not a lot of time this weekend for projects.  I did manage to get this repurposed crate done though, because it was so easy.

I work across the street and next door to a couple of awesome antique stores in this little town (it makes payday really challenging, let me tell ya) and last fall I purchased an awesome old extra large crate. It had great lettering stamped on it and I had no idea what I was going to use it for, but for the price I couldn’t NOT buy it.  It’s kinda like those “draw sucker you in” end caps at the stores that my husband always accuses me of shopping from, hehehe!

Until just a month ago the crate lived it’s life as a shelf next to our fridge.  I had crocks in it and stored my potatoes and such in them.

Then I moved it next to the fireplace after moving the bookshelf that was there to use as pantry storage because I thought my recently REPURPOSED DOOR would fit there (which of course it didn’t…need to learn to measure and not eyeball), but it just didn’t suit me being used as a shelf.

It wasn’t as sturdy as it should be sitting on it’s end like that and well, it just wasn’t pretty that way.  I couldn’t see the stamped printing and the finish on it was dulled, it needed a redo badly.

So what did I do with it?  Something so simple that I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before.

Easy repurposing project using a vintage crate turned rolling storage by just adding wheels.

I added wheels.  This is an extra large crate so I decided to use 4 sets of wheels, so eight total to make sure it wouldn’t sag in the middle.  BTW, did you know that those packages of wheels don’t come with screws?

Sheesh, that was another hour trying to find just the right ones.  After trial and error and a somewhat mismatched bunch I am proud to say that those wheels aren’t coming off and there are no more screws sticking through the inside.

Easy repurposing project using a vintage crate turned rolling storage by just adding wheels.

Easy repurposing project using a vintage crate turned rolling storage by just adding wheels.

Next I took it out to the garage (the hubby’s man cave), sanded the sides and knocked off the sharp edges. Old crates don’t lend themselves to being sanded very well.  Then I applied a coat of lacquer to darken the finish just a tad bit.  Once it was dry I brought it back in and put it to good use!  After all what good are repurposed items if they aren’t functional as well as pretty?

Easy repurposing project using a vintage crate turned rolling storage by just adding wheels.

I am so happy with how this turned out!!  We have waaaay too many blankets, so this was a great way to store some of them.  I think it would be great for kids toys or wood for the fireplace…who knows where it might end up next.

How would you use this repurposed crate?

For more easy repurposing projects check out my Wash Tub Planter  and Space Saving DIY Side Tables

Talk to you soon,

Susanne


 

 

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17 Comments

  1. Susanne, this is way too cute!! I have never seen a crate that big, so that was a good find!! I love what you did with it. My mind is already churning out ideas for it. Since it has so much storage, I think I would put a top on it and use it for a foot rest/coffee table (if it’s not tall enough, I know we could figure out how to make it taller, haha)! Great find!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thanks Melony! I have a ton of old windows and thought about making hinged lids for it, but the hubby said the grandkids or the cat would probably bust them, lol!! I see it someday with an upholstered lid for sure!! Great minds think alike 🙂

  2. It looks great. Where did you get such a large crate?

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thank you Dara!! I picked it up at a great antique store next to where I work my 9-5, they made me a heck of a deal 🙂

  3. oh my word, your granddaughter is so adorable!!! Seriously, you do not look like a grandmother! You should do a post on skin care and how to stay young!!!
    & the crate!! What a great idea!! I LOVE it!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Awwww, you are so sweet!! Thank you 🙂 That is a good idea for a post…hmmmmm, I composing it in my head as I type 😉

  4. Really a great piece. While I know it is too pretty to hide, I would love to have something like this to slide under my bed~

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thank you Debbie, I bet you could customize one to go under your bed 😉

  5. Suzanne, what a great idea for making the huge box more functional. Why don’t wheel packs come with screws? Thank you for sharing at Your Inspired Design link Party. We are happy to have you.

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thank you Carol!! I was excited to join the party 🙂 It doesn’t make sense that they don’t come with screws, does it…lol!!

  6. That’s pretty genius! I can’t improve on how you are using it! BUT….my cats would be using those exposed blankets for a bed.

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Hi Florence! I am surprised our yellow tabby Thomas hasn’t tried it out, or maybe he has and I haven’t seen him do it 😉

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thanks Rachael!!! I am still contemplating a lid 🙂

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