These are so simple and fun! I think they would make great blanket storage, magazine storage or in this case, under the bed storage.
I found something similar at Joann's unfinished which was my inspiration. I then realized that Ana White has a similar plan HERE too.
This is how I did them...
I used 1x10 white pine board from Lowe's for my base and sides. You can use 1x12 but I needed mine a bit smaller to fit my cubbies. I used my miter saw to cut my wood. Home Depot and Lowe's will both cut your wood as well if you don't have a saw.
I used my very favorite wood glue to help assemble my crates.
I put a line of glue down my 18" board which will be my base.
I then used my brad nailer to attach one of my 10.5" sides to my base. You can also use finish nails or a drill and wood screws.
I then did the same thing to the other side of the base which left me with a piece that looked like this.
For my side slats I used 1x4" furring strips from Lowe's. THESE are the furring strips I used.
I love using furring strips because they have a bit of a rounded edge and they seem to have more knots which I feel adds to the shantiness :-)
I cut 6 pieces that were each 18" long... or the same width as your base. To attach my first one I added a bit of glue and used my brad nailer to secure it. You can use finish nails and a hammer here if you need to.
Then I lined up my top piece and attached it the same way.
I add my middle piece last to make sure the spaces are even. I attached it using the same steps.
Then, I flipped it over and attached the other 3 slats the exact same way. How easy it that??
Now I shantied it up a bit. I didn't want to cut handles and I thought adding a knob would be a good solution to them. I drilled a hole in the center of the middle slat.
I decided to stain mine. I love the look of the rough, dark boards against my cream fancy bed. It is a perfect combination in my opinion. I used a dark mahogany stain.
I wanted to add just a bit more to mine so I found these simple frames at the Dollar Tree.
Bleck. I know... But I saw potential! I removed the back and the glass and gave her a little makeover.
Let me introduce you to my very favorite new spray paint color....
Aww... It's perfection!
I gave my little frame two coats and once it was dry, I hot glued it to my crate.
How cute is that?? I kind of love them. And now I only have 10 more to make for my storage beds! :-)
ARCHITECTURAL OFF-WHITE PAINT CODE
For those of you that have emailed me about that off-white paint code, apparently Lowe's also needs this code here...
This is the base code! I have also had lots of emails about it so sorry!
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