Repurpose Project: Crate Turned Bookshelf

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Not too many of us have four foot tall old shipping crates just hanging around to repurpose. I’m just guessing here, anyway. But lucky me, I find all kinds of treasures in my grandparents’ house and garage. Like this shipping crate. It was originally used to ship fragile items from Columbia Lighting, according to a stamp on its side.

My grandpa (I call him Poppy) added a couple of shelves for me and voilà. Turned on its side, this shipping crate makes a fun narrow bookshelf.

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This is one sturdy shelf. It’s so heavy; I could barely lift it to try it out in different spots around my house before selecting the perfect location. And, it’s almost as tall as me!

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I love the perfectly imperfect parts about this shelf. “This side up” is handwritten in marker on one side. It also has several stamps from the lighting company where it originated. And all of the wear and tear, adds charm. After all, it’s a shipping crate. It should have some wear!

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The narrow width of this shelf works great in my tiny home. It’s exactly what I needed. What do you think?


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Published in VintageKC Magazine: Winter 2014

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I’m posting this a little late, but here are my latest contributions to VintageKC magazine. I love writing for this magazine. Every issue is packed with vintage fun for today’s home decorator. It’s fresh and full of inspiring home, fashion and DIY project ideas.

For the Winter 2014 issue, I was lucky enough to participate twice. Check it out!

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For this issue, I got to take part in the DIY craft project that’s in every issue. This issue’s challenge was to create a snowflake out of unexpected items. I made a snowflake ornament out of wine corks! I love how the ornament turned out. The naturally varying colors of the corks look lovely. Plus, it’s easy to make!

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I also wrote a piece for the Vintage Recipes section. I interviewed my friend’s grandma who told me her story of learning to bake as a little girl. It turned out really fun. Plus, you can get her recipe for the perfect pie crust!

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Check out the full magazine in the digital edition. You’ll find my pieces on page 38 and page 44.


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How to Style a Bar Cart (Practical but Pretty)

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Besides the convenience of crafting a cocktail on demand, I like having a bar cart because it adds extra storage in a stylish way. The trick is to keep your bar cart from getting messy.

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I see lots of pretty pictures and pins of fabulously styled bar carts. But I need mine to be practical as well as stylish. I use mine to store wine glasses, shot glasses, alcohol bottles and other odds and ends every day. My bar cart isn’t just for looking good in pictures. It adds extra storage space to my already bursting-at-the-seams kitchen.

Here are my tips for styling your bar cart for the everyday.

1. Use a tray

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This simple wooden tray keeps my random assortment of shot glasses, wine glasses and mini liquor bottles looking organized. It corrals everything together, so items stay put.

2. Line up bottles

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Bar carts have to have some booze, right? Well, the trick to keeping all of those bottles from looking messy is to line them up in  neat rows. So simple. But it makes a big difference.

3. Use containers

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Containers, such as mason jars and bowls, are great for storing smaller items on your bar cart. For example, I use a mason jar to keep all my straws in order.

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When it’s not in use, I also use a glass ice bucket to store wine corks.

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That’s all it takes to keep your bar cart looking good every day.

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Do you have a bar cart? How do you style it?



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