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21 ways to use apple crates in your home

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As a designer I am always on the hunt for unique and cost effective items for my projects. There are so many posts and ideas of what to do with apple crates or aka fruit boxes. In this blog I am sharing with you just a small sample of what is possible and some of my favorites!

I've included the original tutorial if available through a link and a designer tip.

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1. Rustic coffee table

This is a great way to save on your budget with your design. @$11 a box crate and a few hardware supplies this table can only cost you $60. And look how nice and unique it looks! It adds a vintage feel to a casual family room, or you could paint the boxes black for a earth rustic feel , bright red for a modern feel, white for a country feel, or even each crate different primary colors for a kids room. I love this idea I think it's worth considering in your design if the style fits.

For tutorial Click HERE. but I do know your handy man can pull this together no problem.

Designer tip: To get it stained this color use vinegar and steel wool soaked and mixed together. Rub it on with a cloth just like staining.

You can find other diy ideas at this website.

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2. Bathroom storage shelves

So many bathrooms do not have enough storage. And there is always that wall above or to the side of the toilet that you just might just want to be more creative than hanging a piece of art. This is a wonderful idea!!! It gives you space for towels and accessories!! It looks modern and rustic at the same time. I think this could fit in most any design, especially casual, modern casual, rustic, vintage, modern, and industrial.

The tutorial for this is :

  1. purchase 2 apple crates at your local craft store or walmart/target.
  2. purchase 1x4 and cut (or have cut at home depot for you) 4 pieces @ the length of the short sid of your crate x2 + 7-10" for the space between) aprox 27"  long (take your mesurements before you have wood cut)
  3. purchase steel wool (at home depot) and white vinegar or apple cider vinegar (colors varrie depending on vinegar) and let steel wool soak over night in vinegar. 
  4. mix and stain boxes and wood pieces with a rag and vinegar stain (of course if you want to buy a stain color you are free to do that) 
  5. nail first 1x4 pieces (2 on either side) on short end with the top back corner of crate lined up with the end of the 1x4 and the bottom back corner lined up with the other end of same 1x4. 
  6. nail other 1x4 2" apart from the first 1x4 you just nailed
  7. purchase at hardware store and attach picture hanging hardware to hold weight of up to 50 lbs. 
  8. measure and mount of desired wall.
  9. decorate with towels, accessories like succulents, tiny art, candles, mason jars with bath salts in them, or a clock, or vintage bath items like classic shaving kit etc.
Photo cred: DIY Crafts & Magazines & MORNING BY MORNING
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Design tip: Use brackets instead of wood.

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3. Entry "mud wall"

A great small space solution. If you want a mudroom but do not have room for one. Do a "mud wall" on the wall nearest your entry door. Place a shoe rack or shelves on the floor for shoes and hang painted apple crates with baskets fit inside for gloves, socks, hats, scarves and more! You can decorate the top of boxes with whimsical art and potted plant or your favorite metallic table top accessory .

Designer tip: Remember group your accents in 3's and at different heights to follow design rules.

Photo cred: My pink life & Apartment Therapy

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4. Guest Room night stand

Oh my this is adorable! It is great in a project that needs to save space and you might want to put a reading chair next to this. is vintage shabby chic or country style.

You can make it on your own with paint, stencil and turned legs.

Designer Tip: It is quite a small table so this is best for a guest room or as a secondary night stand in a secondary room.

Or you can buy it here: ETSY LINK

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Industrial style is super in right now and I love it!!

Design tip: Mix wood and metal to get an in-depth rich look.

See the DIY tutorial HERE

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5. Wall treatment and shelving

A clever way to fill a large empty wall is to build a wall unit out of apple crates. Stack them in a varying landscape and portrait orientation for interesting eye appeal and to create super clever empty square holes. The crates look amazing unfinished also!

Designer Tip: This application would be amazing in an office, library, living room, media room, or teenagers room.

Photo cred: Apartment Therapy

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6. Throw storage box

Baskets have been the go to throw holders for years. But I am loving this new idea! Staining and adding the hardware makes it look like you purchased it from Restoration Hardware (of old) or Potterybarn.

Designer Tip: Choose hardware that matches your rooms design.

Here is the tutorial LINK

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7. Toilet paper storage

This is funky but super clever with the old license plate. It is super simple just screw in through holes.

Designer Tip: shop antique stores for great finds!

Photo cred: Funky Junk Interiors

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8. Bookshelf

I love the asymmetry of this bookcase, it's just so simple yet so complex at the same time.

This is a super DIY that anyone can do!

Designer tip: Fresh grey popped with bold accent colors creates a modern and unique design.

The tutorial is here

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Or you can make a traditional wood stained bookcase that fits into more traditional styles of design. The tutorial is HERE

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9. Room divider & shelving

Sometimes floor plans are too open, and spaces need dividers. Why not get additional storage out of the divider?

Designer tip: Use this unit to act as a pony wall without having to pull any permits.

Photo Cred: original source not found (Pinterest)

10. Dog bed

Our dogs are part of the family too and deserve a space they can call their own. And especially when we are out and they are sleeping waiting for us to come home. A nice touch would be to stencil their name on the front.

Designer tip: Use a washable fabric and make the cover with a zipper. *bonus tip interline the cover with water proof material.

Tutorial is HERE

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11. Desk

This is a great idea for a unique & one of a kind creation. You could paint the crates black and top it with a live edge wood top for a modern and industrial look. You could put glass top on wood or black or white or even grey wash painted crates.

Designer tip: Make the top longer than the picture shown for ore room for your body to move in.

You could even double the depth for a large craft table with storage down below. I really like that idea for my work space! I can just see all my floor plans, materials and fabrics spread out!

Photo cred: Holly Bruce

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12. Custom produce drawers

This is a very unique idea for a kitchen remodel or custom made kitchen.

Designer Tip: Do not, place these produce drawers near the oven because produce needs a cool place to last the longest.

Take a look at some other unusual kitchen cabinet ideas HERE

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13. Laundry room open cabinetry

This is such a sharp look and so functional! I love this black against the white walls and mid tone wood counter top for folding.

Designer Tip: You could stain it in a warm wood tone and paint the walls a dark or mid grey ;OR paint white and paint walls navy blue or aqua. The sky is the limit!

Picture cred: BHG

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14. Kids book shelves

This ladder step arrangement of the crates is a tried and true kid friendly design. I love the cute letters on top each tier to spell out READ. This has a large amount of storage space for all their books crafts and stuffed animals. You could stain the boxes, paint white, blue, red, yellow, any color you want in any variation for kiddos.

Designer tip: screw boxes together and then anchor to the wall. Kids love to climb and hang.

photo cred: Maison de Pax

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15. Bench

I love this bright red painted bench!

Designer tip: A potted plant inside the center crate and shoes or holiday decor in the others flanking it would look amazing! Accented with bright fun pillows covered in outdoor fabric would finish this bench off with style.

Tutorial is here: Operation Home

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Shoe storage ottoman

This is so functional! It is a shoe box and seat combo! This example shows another great color you can paint the crate.

Designer tip: This is a great solution for small space! A loft, an apartment, a bedroom, a entryway in a condo, or even in your garage!

Tutorial HERE

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