Monday, April 29, 2013

Vintage Crate Turned Desktop Paper Organizer

Today I'm sharing a vintage crate project with you. 
I love vintage crates, don't you? 
This crate was an estate sale find. I'm not sure why I couldn't just let this old girl stay a plain-old crate. But... I just couldn't. I guess I figured she'd been a crate long enough.
Now it was her time to shine!

Here she is before (almost before anyway! lol). I realized after I'd started painting that I forgot a before picture. Again! So I quickly snapped this one to show you.
I used Virginia Chestnut on the outside of the crate.
Its such a wonderful, rich brown!
I also waxed it with dark aging wax to make it an even deeper shade.
For the inside, Barcelona Orange with a coat of Johnston Daffodil over that, brushed every which way so you can see the strokes. And only lightly coated in some spots, so the Orange would show through.
I painted the edges with (are you ready for it...?) Santa Fe Turquoise.
Sorry, can't help it. I just love these colors together.
I guess lots of other people must like them too, judging by the response to our
I then applied clear wax over all of that.
Eric then made some cleats and shelves so this little gal could hold papers on the desktop.
We gave her three shelves, all of which got the same paint treatment as the rest of the original crate.
This old gal is just the perfect size to hold regular size paper and a few pretty accessories too!
I'll be talking about the little goodies in these pics this week too, so be sure to stop back by. :) 
I'm so glad I decided to give this crate a new life as a pretty office organizer.
She fits the bill just perfectly!
See that little box there on the right of the crate in the pic above? That's my cool new ruler box. It's got sentimental value for me. If you missed the post, you can check it out here.

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  1. So cute, and the colors are so cool!

  2. I come here just to see what you have painted turquoise and orange so please do not stop. Love the organizer. It is pretty and practical!

    1. That's funny Donna! I'm glad you like it, because i can't seem to stop myself. :)

  3. Now following on Bloglovin'! I forgot to add that.

  4. I would love for you to share this and link up to my TGIF Link Party! Who knows, you just might be featured next week!


  5. Adorable!!!! I'm a sucker for furniture redos!!!! New follower!!!!


  6. This is so cute! I absolutely love this shade of blue... it's one of my favourites!

    Wishing you a lovely week!

  7. I love this! What a great idea!!

  8. This is so gorgeous, I love it! I'm always looking at crates like that and trying to figure out what I could do with them. Now I have an idea!

  9. I really need to do this and have just the perfect crate! Love the idea! I found you through the Blog Hop today :)

  10. What a great idea! I love old crates ;) I’d love it if you could link this up to our party, Give Me The Goods Monday! {1 party, 5 blogs}
    Have a great week!
    Jamie @

  11. Your crate is really neat. I like how you dolled it up with paint. It's always neat to see people use something in a new way. I'm never that creative. :)

  12. What a neat idea!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  13. Too cute! Thank you for linking up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!


  14. Love that turquoise! Great makeover! Thanks for linking up to Give Me The Goods Monday! We love having you party with us! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  15. I love the colors you picked! Thanks for sharing at Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Fluster Buster

  16. thanks for sharing it on pin it mondays....i have to definitely pin it! it turned out great

    claudia @

  17. So cute and that color is so perfectly retro. I'm visiting from the SHOW-licious Craft Showcase. Very pinworthy.

  18. You are one creative girl and I always love your color choices. Thanks for sharing at the Cabin's BUDGET DECORATING PARTY.

  19. You did great!!! I love the color choices as it really makes that ol' girl shine! And the shelves? the icing on the cake! Good for you that you have a handy dandy husband to help out!! Thanks for sharing..

  20. I love this idea, and the color is fabulous, so Springy!!

  21. This is a wonderful weekend project and perfect to keep printer paper in. I have a new crate which I bought at Home Depot. I'm sure it would work the same way. Thanks for sharing and how to make it. Linda

  22. Denise,
    This is so cute. I love the colors. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly

  23. LOVE THIS!!! What a great re-purpose / DIY idea. Thanks for sharing.

  24. What a great project..well done!

  25. This is inspired Denise! I hate those stacking plastic paper files. This has so much more character. Thanks for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesday. Have a great week!


  26. as awesome creation!!!! LOVE it! hugs...

  27. What a great idea! I love the color! x

  28. Love this crate! I made a doll bed from a crate, last year. Thanks for joining my link party! Hope to see you again soon!


  29. This is gorgeous.. and I just love the color! I featured you on the Pink Hippo Party @
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  30. Those colors do look good together and the crate is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing with Transformed Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  31. Very cute and great repurpose idea :o)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  32. Yup, it's a great color combination. Love crates and this is a fun idea! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  33. I love that you gave new life to the crate! Isn't it funny how we always refer to our projects as "she" or "him". They seem to take on a life of their own! :)

    You should link this up at DIY Maynia - this week's challenge was thrift store/garage sale projects! :)

  34. What a great idea! Thank you for linking up with Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  35. Such a cute idea! Lvoe it~ Thanks for linking up last week on Made in a Day!

  36. I really love the color you chose for this crate! What a fun idea. You are so creative :) Thank you for linking up with me @ Great Idea Thursday's! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  37. How creative! Terrific transformation! Love the color!
    I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

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