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Book smarts: DIY book crate 0

By Julia Dilworth, 24 hours Vancouver

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Kids who love to read aren’t necessarily kids who love to put books away. Although it’s hard to blame the children on this one, because unless they’re neatly organized on a shelf, paperbacks and pop-up works alike are inherently messy.

That’s why when I came across this project from Lori Bernstein of familylovehome.blogspot.com, she had my full book-nerd attention.

Bernstein took the average dollar-store or craft-store crate and transformed her kids’ book pile area into this super chic, user-friendly and even adult-appropriate home for books. Piled in or filed in, any mess is contained in a classy crate that could sit in the kids’ room or by the living room chaise lounge.

You can stain and stencil like Bernstein, or write your own aesthetic ending — the decorating possibilities are limited only to your imagination.

DIY book crate

Materials:

Wooden crate (find at Michaels craft stores or dollar stores), wood stain, stencils, craft paint, casters, sandpaper, polycrylic spray

How to:

  • Sand crate
  • Apply pre-stain wood conditioner, followed by the stain (a little goes a long way) and wipe off excess stain with a rag
  • Line up stencils to space them before painting and paint them in (a stencil brush is recommended)
  • Bernstein filled in the crate’s bottom slats with spare plywood and screwed in four casters
  • She also covered the inside bottom with clear contact paper to protect from splinters
  • Spray crate with clear protective coating

Find the full tutorial at here.

Julia Dilworth is a national DIY columnist and travel, beauty and home decor journalist. You can find her on Twitter @JuliaDilworth, email her at julia.dilworth[at]sunmedia.ca or visit her website juliadilworth.com.

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