This is my first upcycled or repurposed project. I'm not crafty, at all. But I have two big reasons to be crafty: 1) upcycling it's gentler on the environment; it means I didn't have to buy something new which in turn it means no resources were used in order to produce the item I wanted, thus less waste. 2) saves money, enough said. Plus it gives me tremendous pride to have "made" something for my little guy.
Materials used in this project:
|The paint here looks white but it's actually a pale blue|
- Old wooden crate
- Sand paper
- Cloth rag
- Paint brush
- Caster (wheels)
- Wooden decorations
- Wood Paint
Total Cost: about $5.00
Much to my husband's embarrassment, I picked up the crate from the side walk, someone in our neighborhood had put out what looked like old unwanted furniture including this crate. The rest of the materials we already had. The paint was a paint sample we purchased when deciding on a color for the nursery back when we were expecting our son's arrival. But if you need only a little bit of paint these samples are great, they cost about $2.50 for 8 oz. Just make sure it's a no VOC paint (I used Behr's Premium Ultra from Home Depot). The Casters came with a plastic storage unit that we never used for said unit.
|You can see here the little goldfish used for the crate toy box|
The decorations came from Michael's; the letters were unfinished and I painted them with some more paint samples I had laying around. These were used as decorations for my son's first birthday party last May.
|Firts coat being applied|
Sand the crate, until smooth looking carefully for any rough spots or splinters and smooth over with sand paper. Wipe clean with a damp rag cloth. Wait until it'scompletely dry. Paint applying two coats (allow to dry in between coats). Attached the casters with screws and decorate as desired. That's it!
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