DIY Storage Crate with Casters

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I love going to thrift stores and ending up with all kinds of treasures. As someone who grew up in her parent's antique store, I especially enjoy vintage items.

I forget how I ended up with an old crate, but it had been in our home for a while and was used to store things like any other box – that changed today when I decided to add casters and fabric to the crate to turn it into a little rolling library that could also serve as a side table.

By simply turning it on its side and adding casters to the crate would have been pretty simple – but by adding a fabric bottom to the crate it gives it a more finished look.              

You'll need these supplies:

  • wine crate or milk crate
  • 4 casters
  • drill with drill bits the size of casters
  • tape measure
  • fabric
  • cardboard
  • furniture oil spray
  • cloth (I repurposed an old T-shirt)
  • glue spray
  • scissors 
  • pencil

Crate With Casters Tutorial:

  1. Decide if you want to spray paint or just “stain” the crate with furniture spray. I wanted to keep the vintage look of my crate and decided to just give it a darker finish by applying the furniture spray. It's also easier and faster than spray painting the crate.
  2. Drill the four holes for the casters on one side of the crate, and see that the casters will fit, but don't put them on the crate yet.
  3. There are two ways you can go about determing the dimensions of the bottom shelf of your crate. Option 1: Use a tape measure to measure the dimensions of the inside of the crate that you plan to use as the bottom of your shelf.  Option 2: Do what I did and trace the perimeter. Then take into account the thickness of the walls of the crate and reduce the size by that amount.  
  4. Cut out the cardboard and see if it fits the sidewall of the crate. You want the cardboard to to fit the bottom of the crate after taking into account the thickness of the fabric covering. If the cardboard is snug prior to covering with fabric, you will need to trim the width down to make it work. For my particular piece of cardboard, I happened to have some imperfections, so I used to tape create a smooth even surface for covering. 
  5. Place the cardboard piece on the fabric and cut around it, adding about 3 inches to all four sides which will allow for folding and adhering the fabric covering.
  6. Find a well-ventilated area, cover the floor/ground with newspaper in preparation for using your spray adhesive. 
  7. Lay the cardboard down on the fabric (the side that is going to be on the top needs to be facing down) and spray a very thin layer of the glue on the four edges of the cardboard. 
  8. Then fold in the fabric onto the now tacky cardboard to create neat edges and corners. Be certain to only spray glue on the underside, avoiding the top side of the fabric and cardboard altogether because you run the risk of using too much glue resulting in it bleeding through the fabric.  The fabric  will be secure enough and look better by simply gluing down the fabric on the back side alone. 
  9. Now add the casters to the four corners of the crate and the cardboard covered with fabric to the bottom.

                

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That's all! You build yourself a little storage crate that can hold books, magazines, or toys, and it can also serve as a side table.

What would you store in your repurposed crate?

{Inspired by this image. Pictures via Dagmar Bleasdale}

 

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DIY Storage Crate with Casters

Dagmar tackles motherhood, thrifty home decorating, DIY projects, and green and frugal living on her lifestyle blog Dagmar's Home. She loves finding treasures in thrift stores and sells her handmade candles on Dagmar's Home Decor. Connect with her on Twitter (26,000 followers), Facebook, and Pinterest. ... More

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