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Friday, August 12, 2011

Beach Cottage Crate {Thrifty Finds}

Here we are a week later and I am just finishing up some projects from my garage sale goodies last weekend.  I had planned on building a cubby style shelf for our master bathroom to go over the jacuzzi tub.  I was going to use this to hold towels and such since we had taken down the chrome towel rack.

I sorta kept putting off the project since I knew it would be a bit of a time investment for me.  I'm not the most experience carpenter and the process usually involves a lot of frustration, learning, and calls to my dad.  So... when I stumbled onto this little gem I had a lightbulb moment. The crate had the look that would work with our beach cottage/boat house feel master bath.

Yep, spider webs and lots of dust!

Once I got it home I realized one corner was damaged.
A little Gorilla Glue, wood putty, and joint compound fixed
it right up.  Sanding and paint.. you'd never know!

I used a sampler of returned paint I picked up from the HD
for .50 cents.

Here she is cleaned up with a coat of gray.

And now for a top coat of white.  The idea is that I will
sand it down so that I can see the gray through the white.

I drew on my letters.  The first night we met hubby and I were at
this lake.  Yes... we were high school sweethearts and this was the
cool place to hang out!

Here's the letters all painted.  Yep, you guessed it 112090 is
the date we my sweets and I met. We're a little sappy... you'll
just have to deal with it!

And here it is after I sanded it down.
You know when you think I project is going to go a certain way and it just doesn't?  Well this was one of those times!  I was so sure that I'd be able to just sand it down and get nice soft hints of gray.  But when I began to sand I would go straight through to the dark brown.  yuck.  No gray to be seen.  There wasn't much I could do at this point though... so I just went with it.  When you are working with found items it's best to be flexible!

And here it is attached under my window by the jacuzzi.   

Amazing what a bit of paint can do!
I love it now and am so happy I found something that not only was cheaper than buying my own supplies to build a shelf... but it saved me loads of time as well!  Total cost for this project: 
Crate- $1.00
gray paint- $.50
white paint- already owned
Total- $1.50

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  1. I love it! Love the cost, love the look, and love the decor you've finished it with. You'll enjoy this crate for a long time. Oh! And love the lettering, how fun to also have a memory attached! Thanks for sharing at the linky party.


  2. Visiting from T&J! That turned out perfect!

  3. I sooooo LOVE this idea...looks outstanding!!!
    I’m having an awesome GIVEAWAY…hop over and enter…hurry it ends at midnight 8/14! Also would love to have you join me at my weekly NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY PARTY.


  4. I think it turned out awesome!! Love the use of the crate!! Fun!!

    I would love it if you added this to our "Strut Your Stuff Sunday" link party!! And of course any other projects you'd like to share!! :) We appreciate it! Thanks for sharing!


  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! I'm a beachy gal so this is a perfect idea! Now off to the thrift stores Monday!!

  6. Very nice! I am totally digging this!!

  7. I loved this ideas so much I featured you on Over the Big Moon today!


    Thanks for the great idea!


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