Like most projects around here, this repurposed wine crate has a story behind it.
It isn’t a sensational story or even a very interesting one. It’s a “lesson learned” kind of story.
Have you ever visited a thrift store, found something that you liked, then argued with yourself about whether or not you should buy it?
That’s how this story starts. I found this gorgeous wine crate at a thrift store for just $6. I loved the solid and sturdy construction, but couldn’t imagine how I might use it.
So I walked on, continued my shopping, and even went back for a second look, but that day I left without a wine crate.
Over the next few days I kept thinking about it. I still didn’t know what I could do with it, but I knew it was a good, solid piece that would make a fantastic project – if I could just come up with one.
I decided to go back and was so excited to see that it was still there! This time I didn’t hesitate but snatched it right up and parted with $6 for the pleasure of bringing it home with me.
A Transformed Wine Crate
Do I need to even mention paint? Nearly every single piece I bring home gets a makeover and the wine crate was no exception.
I stopped into Home Depot one afternoon and grabbed a sample canister of the most lusciously chocolatish paint I could find. Doesn’t that color perfectly remind you of a warm chocolate bar?
After a light sanding, I gave the crate two coats of paint and let it dry while I gathered a few supplies.
I used two rectangle floral foam blocks and cut each of them into 4 pieces,
then hot glued a piece into each of the cubicles.
Finally, I filled them with fall florals – simple!
I just love the little white pumpkins.
I also added a little colored paper filler around the edges to dress it up.
The Moral of the (non-sensational) Story
I’ve mentioned several times that if you find a piece at a yard sale or thrift store that fits your thrift store criterion, you should buy it.
I’m glad the wine crate was still there when I went back, but it hasn’t always worked out that way and I’ve missed some great pieces because of that indecision.
It may not be a wine crate for you, but some other intriguing piece. If it fits your list, bring it home. When you get an idea of what you want to do with it, you’ll be so glad it’s sitting there just waiting for you to put your creative hands on it!
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