Does anyone else scramble to find ways to organize all the crazy after Christmas?? No matter how organized I get our toy room before the holidays, even with donating and throwing away old & underused toys, I still have new Christmas toys sitting in laundry baskets for weeks on end! Since I’m in the middle of a SLOW toyroom makeover, I thought these would be perfect just in time for organizing those new Christmas toys…and some old ones too! This DIY Crate Storage is such a simple project for anyone, and it’s not the only place in my home that I’ve used them! I have an obsession with these crates.
So first, I purchased my crates on sale at Joann’s and then gave them a gorgeous stain with Rustoleum Dark Walnut. It’s not a quick process to stain in all those cracks but isn’t it totally worth it??!!
Then I bought some cheap chalkboard frames from the craft store, painted the frame white and I chose to use actual chalk for now instead of permanent paint marker. That way I can switch up the labels later for different storage or even party & photo props!
My favorite part was deciding to add the wheels. My husband was totally opposed to this idea but I think it just makes them so much easier. The kids can roll them around to help with cleaning, and they don’t scrape all over the floor which can be super annoying to me!
I bought the wheels at Walmart but I spent more on them than I would like. I had a really hard time finding castor wheels at a decent price for this amount that I needed. But I know with a little research I could’ve found them cheaper! I had the husband screw them on for me because I was worried about splitting the wood. He ended up adding small pieces of wood to the bottom insides of the crates just to give the screws something thicker to hold onto. But I’ve seen crates online where people didn’t do this step so you may be ok without!
Aren’t they fabulous and rustic!?? I love them. The kids love them too. They may have been caught on several occasions having a crate race around the house. I wouldn’t be able to resist either.