I DID IT

When pet gear and small items start to stack up, it’s time to get cre­ative. A cab­i­net made from wooden crates solved this do-it-your­selfer’s stor­age prob­lem.

Better Homes & Gardens - - Contents -

Katie Al­berter searched for a set of me­tal lock­ers for the en­try in her Sykesville, MD, home. But what she found was too big, too used, or too in­dus­trial.

Then she re­al­ized how she could get the scaled-down ver­ti­cal stor­age she wanted: by paint­ing raw wood crates and sand­wich­ing them be­tween stained boards. Shelves, doors, and mag­netic latches give the

$60 week­end project fur­ni­ture qual­ity.

For fun, Katie added ran­dom alu­minum house num­bers (about $2 each; home­de­pot .com). “They are such sim­ple ad­di­tions, but give the lock­ers a fin­ished look,” she says.

Turn the page for build­ing in­struc­tions.

Wooden crates (about $12 each from Home De­pot) save build­ing time.

GOOD SPOT FOR BOOKS, SUN­GLASSES, CAPS, AND SUN­SCREEN.

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