diy wood crate bookcase

diy wood crate bookcase

i have been pinning projects like this for as long as i’ve been on pinterest and i finally got around to it!  yay for more hours in the day in summer!

diy wood crate bookcase

 last week i shared our new chalkboard wall with you in our playroom/school room/my office/studio space.  its a space that needs to be super functional, and because of that we’ve lost a lot of the “pretty”.  i decided it was time to add that back in!

this wall used to have rain gutter bookshelves.  while i liked how they looked, i didn’t like how they functioned.  i love the look of the chalkboard wall as is, but since this is our school room, it really needed to function as more than a pretty wall displaying our world map.

we need book storage.  and lots of it.  every year our homeschool library expands.  we have never had a great bookshelf system that worked well with books of different subjects, time periods, and reading levels.  they were squeezed into what little space i could find to fit them all together and that just wasn’t working for us.

diy wood crate bookcase

i ordered these great wood crates from and got free shipping on them (free shipping with orders over $45).  our home depot doesn’t carry these crates in store, but even if they did i would probably have ordered them online anyway.  can you imagine trying to get all of these balanced on a huge cart, while my little monkey tried climbing all over them?  no thank you.  i’ll take front door delivery, thank you very much!

while the color of the natural pine is really pretty, i wanted to age the outside of the crates a bit so they would be a nice contrast to the bright colors i was going to be adding.  thankfully, i had a few small pots of minwax stain in my garage that worked great.  i used mostly walnut, mixed in a bit of ebony, and thinned it out a bit with natural.  use what you have, right?

my mom and i spent a few hours late after the kids were sleeping (its been hot here, so the evening hours are much cooler for working), staining the crates.   the process was pretty simple:  we only stained the outsides of the crate since i was painting the insides.  we also did all the edges with the stain.  we didn’t bother staining the under sides (bottoms) of the crate since they would be against the wall and never be seen.  the pine is very porous so we just used inexpensive chip brushes and wiped off the stain quickly with rags before the color set in too dark.  you really can’t mess up unless you just let it sit without wiping it.  other wise its a very forgiving process.

diy wood crate bookcase

 all the colors of paint i used were ones i found in the garage or in my craft paint piles.  i wanted a rainbow of colors, so whatever i didn’t have on hand i made by adjusting existing cans of paint with craft paints.

diy wood crate bookcase

this is a sponsored giveaway post with Proctor & Gamble and The Home Depot.  they are holding a #BountyChallenge and their only prerequisite was to use Bounty to clean up our mess.  good thing, too, because we were messy!

diy wood crate bookcase

 i am not much of a perfectionist when it comes to home projects.  i’m more of a “looks good” girl.  get’er done, you know?  so i knew mistakes would happen and thats no big deal.  i really wanted to be able to see the stained edges of the wood next to the brightly painted interior, so i had to be careful not to paint too heavily at the edges or it would run over.  and it did, but i just slightly wet a Bounty paper towel and wiped the excess paint right off!

diy wood crate bookcase

those little bottles of acrylic paint sure are messy!  i was using up the last of several bottles and had lots of paint splatters through the process.

diy wood crate bookcase

 after we finished painting all the boxes (most needed 2 coats of paint), it was time to play!

diy wood crate bookcase

 while i still had them in the garage it was fun playing with a few ideas of how to configure the boxes to work best as a bookcase.

diy wood crate bookcase

 i needed the boxes to sit both vertically and horizontally to fit the various sizes of our books.

and  i love the contrast of the bright bookcase against the dark chalkboard wall!

diy wood crate bookcase

 i filled in the shelves with all of our school books and thankfully still have room for more.  and then i moved all of the school and art supplies to the top shelves.

i love that this isn’t a fixed set of shelves, mostly because i change my mind a lot.  like i’m not sure how long i’ll be keeping the school supplies up there.  thankfully, the shelves are really sturdy stacked 2 high and weighed down by the weight of the books.  soon enough i’m sure i’ll try out the rainbow order of crates when i get bored of this!

diy wood crate bookcase

do you have a project that has been on your list for so long, but you’ve lacked the motivation to do it?  i am so with you – my list is looong!  well, here’s a little something that should be just the right motivator for you to get that project done and off your list!

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 one winner will receive a $250 gift card from Home Depot and two rolls of Bounty paper towels to clean up the mess.  because you know you’re gonna make a mess!

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linking up my weekly phone pics with jeannett again!  find me on instagram – i’m thepleatedpoppy.


i’ve tried several cleaners and scrubbers on my travertine tile on my shower floor and nothing has worked on the dark build-up.  i finally tried mr. clean magic erasers and they worked perfectly!  its going to take awhile to get them all clean, so i’m doing a few with each shower.  si was helping me out, too.  after some comments, i’ll not have him help with the magic eraser again without gloves, although reviews on the theory of magic erasers being bad for kids were very mixed.  but we’ll definitely stay on the safe side!


a simple string of scrappy fabric makes so much happy!  i have one last batch of patriotic scrappy bunting in the shop.


so much new in the shop!  and more being added today, too!  i think i need more work space…


half of my family was in town, so we got a sitter for the kids after church and spent the afternoon tasting, both beer and wine.  we started at barrel house brewing co.  loved the location and tasting room.


wildhorse winery had a really pretty patio are where we ate our lunch.


aaaand by our 3rd stop, i decided i was really really picky about wine.  it has to be very cold and super sweet, neither of which was served.  so i enjoyed my family and the views.


our weather has been unseasonably warm.  we usually have nice summer weather, but not usually hot.  but we have had what we call hot here, and i have loved it!  we are soaking up the lovely weather each night with dinner out in the back yard, until the ocean breeze picks up and starts to cool us off.  see those roses?  they come off a rose bush in our yard that is probably about 9 feet tall!


it has been project central around here this week, which means daily trips to home depot.  the girls stayed home so i got some time with just this guy.  why are kids so much better on their own?  i love time with just him.


our maui cousins are here for the summer and we have been filling our days with them this week, and loving it!  and nothing says summer like s’mores by the backyard fireplace.  thats on my list of things to finish this summer…  along with 3 pages of other things.  not kidding.


not on my list for the summer: sugar.  but i decided to not use common sense and cheated a few times this week.  too good not to ;)


another fun item for the 4th – posy pins!  i generally wear 2 pinned to my tank, or one on a hat, then move them to a denim jacket for the evening and fire works.


these boxes filled by backyard this week for a fun project.


here’s peek #2 at the project

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and peek #3!  check back soon for the big reveal!