DIY Numbered Crates

Storage ThumbnailHey friends,

I can’t believe I’m only adding some character to these crates now. I mean,  I bought them in October…of 2013. I know, I’m not sure what’s wrong with me either.

I use them to store a number of things, but mostly to hide away extra blankets and pillows in my living room.

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This is how they looked on my shelf before I finished them. Do they store the things I need them to? Yes. Are they awful? No. But I really wasn’t a fan of leaving them unfinished.

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They were a little rough so I lightly sanded them with my sander and a very fine grit sandpaper.

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Next select your stain. I’m using Minwax Wood Finish in Espresso 273. And be sure to wear gloves! Even though I wore them I still managed to get stain on my arm and now it looks like I have leprosy, lol.

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Apply your stain, let sit for 20 – 30 minutes, and then wipe off the stain that was not absorbed with a cloth. After I wiped off the excess I let them sit for a night before moving onto the next step.

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Now you’re going to want to select the font you want for your numbers and size them. I used the font “Manbow” and you can find my labels here. You’re also going to want a piece of white chalk and a pen or pencil.

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Flip your label over and color over the number with your chalk.

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Place your number where you want (mine was about 1/8″ off the left edge and a 1/2″ overhang on the bottom) and outline your number with your pen.

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The chalk should transfer to the crate and you now have an outline for your number. P.S. Don’t worry about any excess chalk that might’ve transferred. It wipes off with a damp paper towel after you’ve painted. :)

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Now it’s time to paint your numbers! I used the angled brush for the outline and then filled it in with the round brush. Let dry.

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My final step was adding a polycrylic finish. Apply and let dry.

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This is what my bookshelf looks like now! It still serves the purpose I want it to, but they just look so much more stylish!

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What are some creative storage solutions you’ve created in your home?

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28 comments

    • Inside The Fox Den says:

      I know, right?! I’ve seen storage crates like this in stores but were $30 – $40 each. And those were the cheaper ones! When you can DIY, why not?

      XO, Chelc

    • Inside The Fox Den says:

      Oh, Janelle, you’re too sweet! I’m glad you found the tutorial helpful and I’m sure they would look awesome in your space!

      XO, Chelc

    • Inside The Fox Den says:

      Thanks so much, Angela! It was one that I just had on hand but I’m really happy with how they turned out!

      XO, Chelc

  1. Lou Lou Girls says:

    Hello gorgeous! I love seeing your masterpieces.Thank you for bringing such great things to our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm.. Lou Lou Girls

    • Inside The Fox Den says:

      Oh, thank you so much! You girls are so sweet! Love linking up to your party, always seeing such great ideas!

      XO, Chelc

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