I love projects that don’t cost me a cent, are easy, and end up being so pretty, I’m left wondering why I didn’t make them a long time ago. This is one of those projects! I’ve had this clementine crate for over 3 years now. It was filled with fruit, which I used when I was styling my kitchen for the photos in my kitchen remodel post (seen HERE). It was torture for my kids not to eat the fruit for several days while I was getting all the photos I needed.
I thought I would paint or stain the bare wood parts, but when I tried to remove the paper from the side of the crate, the paper stuck to the glob of glue underneath. At that point, I retired it to the workshop, where it’s been ever since. I spotted it a few days ago, when I was looking for something else, and decided to give it another try. Poor thing…it was time I finally did something with it. Although I loved the cute clementine image, I couldn’t think of a way to allow it to show, without the glue globs showing too, so I decided to give the crate a rustic makeover instead.
First, I stained all the exposed raw wood.
I had 1 board left over from all the other pallet projects I’ve done recently, so that board was cut into 4 pieces, for the 4 sides of the crate. To fit my clementine crate, 2 pieces were cut into 11-1/2″ lengths and 2 were cut into 9″ lengths.
I used my nail gun to attach the 4 pallet pieces into the corner supports.
I can’t believe I waited 3 years to do this, because it only took about 20 minutes to finish, and it looks so rustic and pretty now.
This could be used all over the house – in the bathroom to hold hand towels, in the kitchen to hold utensils in jars, in the pantry for organization, or on the coffee table to hold remote controls. I opted to put a few vintage canning jars in it, because it was a great excuse to by myself some flowers!
I would love to make a few more of them, but lately our Walmart has been selling the clementines in bags instead of the cute little crates. Don’t they realize the crate was a great selling point?!
I can’t believe I got FOUR projects from just ONE pallet! I have another pallet sitting in my basement, and I can’t wait to dream up some ways to use it too.
If you missed any of them, click HERE to see them, and more Salvaged Wood projects!