Office Re-Do, DIY Part 2 – Fruit Crate Bookcase

And, we’re onto Part 2 of my Office Re-Do with another DIY for you.

Remember those free fruit crates?

Well, I took those fruit crates and turned them into this:

I made custom bookcases for less than $45. Can you believe it?!

Here’s the how-to:

1. Acquire crates. Call your local market, grocery store, or farmer’s market to see if they have any fruit crates that they don’t need. Ours either give them away or throw them out. They just happened to have 6 large crates (I mean large, 3′ x 2′) the day we called and said we could have them. Drive over, load up the truck, drive home, and admire your free crates!

2. Sand, sand, sand. These things were in bad shape. Giant splinters sticking out from everywhere.  And, I got to put my new, birthday sander to the test.  He did a great job!  I’ll keep him around.

3. Prime. We decided we were going to paint these crates instead of stain them. I wanted to add some color to my office. So, in order for the paint to stick to these crates, we primed them. It took a few hours to get in all the nooks and crannies of these crates, but well worth it in the end since it only took one coat of paint!

4. Paint. But, make sure when you open your paint can, you don’t spill on the driveway. Thankfully, it was on the driveway. Aaaannnnnddddd, it’s such a lovely color, I think it spruces up the cement, don’t you?!  I always recommend choosing an obnoxious color, like bright coral. There is nothing better than waking up to a flourescent bookcase!

5. Attach crates together. The crates are pretty heavy, so we were a little concerned with them toppling over, once we added the third crate. So, we braced them together with 2 1 x 4s along the back. We had these lying around the house, so it didn’t cost us any extra for the project. You can also screw each crate into each other. I wanted to be able to move the crates, so only screwing the brace along the back worked for us.

6. Place in room. These were made for my office, to hold books and yarn. Be careful when bringing these huge bookcases into the house because there will be pugs below you. Even if you don’t have pugs, still be aware of the pugs!

7. Begin filling with your treasures. No, not those treasures. These treasures:

So, there you have it. A super cheap, super easy DIY Fruit Crate Bookcase. I hope you enjoy making yours as much {d&k} did. And, if you have any questions throughout your DIY, let me know!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your day,


Office Re-Do, DIY Part 1 – Chevron Striped Dresser

Drumroll please….

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for.  Wait, it’s not?!  Why not?!  You mean, your world doesn’t revolve around my blog?!  Hrmph.

That’s okay.  I forgive you.  I’ll still give you the DIY Dresser Makeover.

How cute is that!? I am in love with it and now I have the chevron bug. I want to paint chevron stripes on everything. This could be dangerous.

Okay, here’s the how-to:

1.  You’ll need to remove the hardware and you may need to sand your dresser.  I did not because I wanted the chippy-paint look.

2.  Make your grid.  You will be basically making a giant grid on the front of the dresser.  You’ll need a measuring tape, pencil, and painter’s tape.  First, you’ll measure the height (top to bottom of painted area) of dresser.  Figure out how many stripes you want.  My dresser measured 30″ high, so I decided 10, 3″ stripes would be perfect.  Next, measure the stripes down each side of the dresser and connect those lines.  Then, measure the width of the dresser (across the painted area).  While measuring, make a mark at the 1/3, 1/2, and 2/3 spots.  Do the same towards the bottom of the dresser.  Then, connect those lines.  The spots where the horizontal and vertical lines cross will be the points of your chevron.  Once you have measured and made your grid, you can begin to tape.

3.  Begin taping.  The taping was the hardest part for me.  You have to remember when to tape inside the lines or on the outside of the lines.  The stripe that will remain the dresser color will always be taped on the inside of the lines.  So, as you can see below, the first set of tape will be painted white and the second set, that is inside the lines, will remain black.  Also, when taping, you need to measure the distance between your set of tape to make sure it is consistent.  My lines were 3″, so once I made the first set of lines, I measured the inside, starting at the beginning, each point, and the end to make sure they were all 3″.  When measuring the tape set of the inside lines, you’ll measure from the outside of each piece of tape.

4. Paint. Now, the hard part is over and you can begin painting. I did one coat and I wanted brush strokes, so I made sure my brush only had a little paint on it and I dabbed most of the paint off on a paper towel. Once you are finished painting, let dry.

5. Remove tape. Once dry, remove the tape. Since I only did one light coat, the stripes were dry after about 10 minutes. Next, put the hardware back on. And, admire your new chevron striped dresser.

I hope you enjoyed my little DIY Chevron Striped Dresser tutorial. Stop back tomorrow for the DIY Fruit Crate Bookcase.

Enjoy your day,

Before and After

Happy Labor Day weekend, friends!  I hope you got to enjoy the weekend, relax a bit, spend time with friends and family, and eat good food.  We did!

We had a ton going on this weekend, one being my office re-do.  Yippee!!

Here’s what I did this weekend:

Painted desk white.  It was black and I just want to brighten it up a bit.

Painted white chevron stripes on my black dresser.  Eep.  So excited for this!

Built 2 bookcases out of the free fruit crates.

Painted bookcases coral.  Yep, that’s right.  Coral!  It’s bright.  It’s fantastic.  So pumped!

Made curtains.  I bought 2 $12 drop cloths from Home Depot and I will be cutting and sewing to make 4 panels and painting a thick black stripe on them.  I’ll have a tutorial for you very soon.  Get excited!



Organize!  This might actually be my favorite part!  I know, I’m a nerd.

So, here are the before pictures:

Bookcases (well, actually just a pile of fruit crates, but use your imagination).



Ok, so I’m not going to show you the after just yet.  We’re building suspense here, people.  But, you should be very excited for the next few posts. Stay tuned.

Enjoy your day,

Dad said to blog, so I am…

My dad, DW, asked me tonight if I had blogged yet today. I felt like I was in high school and he was asking my brother if he’d done his homework. (Because, let’s face it, he’d never ask if I did my homework because I always did my homework).
DW: Did you do your homework yet?
Brother: No, not yet.
DW: Well, what are you waiting for????
So, dad, here you go. (Drumroll please…) Here is today’s blog!!!!

I am a machine. A painting machine. I wanted to get all of the rooms in the new house painted before all of our belongings arrive here on Friday. So far, I am further than I was expecting to be today. Yesterday I painted the dining room and our bedroom and today I painted the kitchen, family room, and spare bedroom #1. Holy cow, that’s 5 of 6 rooms completed in 2 days. So yes, I am a MACHINE! It also helps that I love, love, love painting! It’s like coloring, only bigger!!!! Staying in the lines is a huge plus and the colors are always your favorites. What’s not to love about painting?! Yes, dad, I know you hate painting. (Clearly I did not get this trait from you, along with our disgust for some of the most common vegetables). And no, I will not help you paint the house next year!

Today, along with my fun-filled day of painting, k and I also took the pups to the dog park. This was their first day at a dog park and they loved it! Uma ran the perimeter and then decided to sheepdog a few bigger dogs. This would have been fine except for the nipping at their sides. Turns out, that’s frowned upon at the dog park. So, we had to put the “muzzle of shame” on her. To say she was not happy is an understatement. She went over to the shady part of the park and laid down! She. was. done. So k thought he should go over and apologize for putting her muzzle on. He crouched down and told her he was sorry and she looked away! She wanted nothing to do with him. Ha! What a little princess! A little while later, she got up to join a pack of pups playing and they started to sniff her muzzle of shame. She got embarrassed and went back to the shade. Poor thing. Elvis spent the entire time running from pack to pack, sniffing, jumping, wiggling, running, and more running. He was in heaven. Oskar on the other hand could have cared less that there were dogs there. He spent the entire hour trying to pee on every tree there. I think that was his personal mission for the day. He was the hardest one to try to get to leave. He looked at me, then back at the patch of trees he had yet to pee on and ran off towards the trees. Forget you mom, my squirt gun is full and those trees need watering! I had to pick him up and carry him to the car. Grumpy little weirdo-dog.

Other randomness from today:
* The bedroom doors in the new house don’t latch when closed. The cats think it is hilarious to tap the doors with their paws whenever they walk by and pop the doors open. Drives. Me. Crazy. One minute, all doors are closed, the next, all doors open and pups have free reign of the house. I don’t think so!
* Uma thinks the best kind of foot stool is a cat. Specifically Charlie. Poor Charlie.
* {d}: I LOVE painting!
{k}: Are you high?
{d}: Probably! I’ve painted 5 rooms in 2 days. I think the smell has singed off my nose hairs!

Now, please enjoy some photos…
Here are a few of the pups from the road-trip-across-the-country:

Elvis, laying on top of my yarn while leaning up again k's head rest. Weirdo.

The pooch, using my shoulder as a head rest. Again, weirdo.

Road trips are best when shared with a brother.

k did not tell me I left the house wearing my slippers. Thanks k, thanks. (And I didn't notice until we'd been at the dog park for 10 minutes. Wow.)

Best foot stool evah!

Well, that’s it for my randomness today. Dad, I hope you enjoyed this little post.

Until next time, enjoy your day!