Farmhouse Projects That Multi-Task

Are you a multitasker?  If multitasking was an illness, then I’d have a terminal case of it.  I’m always doing two things at once, and I try to make my farmhouse projects do more than one thing, too.

No lazy projects in my house – they all have to work hard to earn their keep.

Does this rustic shelf look familiar?

Farmhouse Projects That Multi-Task | This rustic DIY drawer can be used as a centerpiece, or hung on a wall as a shelf |

Well, it started out as the prototype for the base of my DIY rustic handled crate.

How to build a farmhouse style rustic pallet wood tote

It was just a dry run to see how to put it together.

I wanted to find a use for it though, so I turned it into a display centerpiece.  I plan to use it on my coffee table that’s waiting for a makeover.  But in the meantime, I found a way to use it in my guest room …

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I used it to hold packs of flowers I’ll be planting soon.

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As if it hadn’t done enough already, I needed a new shelf for my bathroom, and it occurred to me that the drawer would work perfectly.

The only thing I needed to do was add D-ring hangers on the bottom of it and hang it up.

It can hold up to five pint-size mason jars, but I only used three to hold cotton swabs, bath salts, and cotton balls.

More jars would fit on the top of it too.

The jars look so pretty against the backdrop of the rustic wood.

I’ve added these adorable galvanized handled lids to my online shop.  They are also available in red and black.

All three colors are available HERE.

Bathroom storage and organization using mason jars with galvanized lids |

I think if I put my mind to it, I could find even more ways to use it.  And I just may try! 🙂

If you have any more ideas for it, I’d love to hear them.

Please share them in the comments below!

Are there any farmhouse projects you’ve made that can be used more than one way?

Vaya con Dios,

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  1. My husband is a big big fan of rustic decor style. I’ll send your post to him. He would have a busy weekend with this project. haha! Thank you for your sharing.

  2. mare williams says

    Once again, you’ve impressed me with your savvy ideas! And imagine how pretty your cabinet would look with old blue canning jars holding the bathroom items? One more idea, not that you REALLY need mine, would be to add casters to the bottom and use for under-the-bed storage. 🙂 HAPPY ST.PATRICK’S DAY!!

    • That’s funny, Mare – I have quite a few blue mason jars and almost took the photos with them on it, but decided on the smaller jars instead. That’s a great idea to put casters on them – I knew someone else would think of another way to use it! 🙂

  3. You are so inventive, Angie! I love it with the jars. Of course if I had one and hung it, it would be cluttered with all manner of flotsam and jetsam in a matter of days! Achieving a “less is more” decor is just an impossibility for me, it seems. It’s like surfaces suck things to them in my house!

    • Naomi, I am totally guilty of the same thing! My pretty farmhouse shelves that I hung in my kitchen a few months ago are loaded with lots of junk that doesn’t belong on them. I really need to solve that and make them pretty again!

  4. What great uses for a crate! All are very nice! Thanks for sharing@ #HomeMattersParty

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