How Do You Turn Old Produce Crates Into Beautiful Storage Units?
This would be such a fun DIY project to work on over the weekends. I would personally paint over the crates and apply a layer of protective varnish especially if the crates are wooden. I would then cover the interior with a layer of plastic or any sheet to block out the gaps in between panels. It also depends on what you intend to store inside and if you are storing huge and bulky items, then just a simple coat of paint would suffice.
In considering new ways to create storage, look to your local produce market or grocery store. Often the crates they receive produce in are discarded and you may be able to acquire them free. Since crates are open between the slates, they can provide storage for linens and other items where moisture is a concern. Clean It, Secure It,and Custom It Step 1 Try to get crates that have all the wood intact. Avoid crates that have heavy damage from water or wet produce. Using a soft scrub brush and soapy water, gently clean the crate inside and out. Be careful not to pick up splinters and try to avoid disturbing the wired hinges. Sit the crates in a sunny area until completely dry, turning them occasionally to make sure that each side dries. Step 2 Use a medium grade sand paper to smooth out the wood. This will prevent any items stored inside from being snagged on the rough wood and will prep the wood to accept stain or paint. Use a soft cloth or brush to remove residual dust. Step 3 Stabiliz