DIY Crate Bookshelf With Rope + Create With Me Challenge

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Hi guys! Apologies for being a little MIA in terms of new projects this week (I’ve shared a few new members projects though which you can check out here) – still trying to adjust to my new web design and making it perfect for you guys!

Anyways I digress, I’m so excited to announce that me and three other bloggers have gotten together to take part in a monthly Create With Me challenge. The challenge involves making something creative using material voted by our readers! This month you guys voted rope/jute string!

 

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You can scroll down to the end of the post to to view the other bloggers creations. BUT HERES WHAT I DID!! (Yes, I did actually just scream that)

 

DIY Crate Bookshelf

 

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I decided I was going to make a cook book shelf out of crate and use the rope as a kind of barrier so that the books didn’t fall out. Simple and practical. Not a bad idea really…. or so I thought

 

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When I told my husband my plans, he literally laughed in my face for a good minute (or maybe it was longer, I don’t know. I was too busy feeling indignant). ‘WHAT cook books??’ he spluttered between fits of giggles.

 

Funny.

 

The supportiveness of this guy is unreal . Ok so yeah maybe my cooking skills were less than creative and yes maybe I hadn’t physically touched a cook book recipe in like forever , it still was no reason to laugh!

Here’s my logic and what I told him – ‘maybe if my cook books had somewhere to live other than the old box in our spare room I might just take the initiative  to use them one day and cook you a fabulous meal’


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He stopped laughing then . It may have been because he had heard the words fabulous and meal in the same sentence. I guess it’s true what they say…. food really is the way to a mans heart

 

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Materials I used:

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How to:

 

Here is the crate I used – a little dirty I know.

 

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I first sawed half of the front of the crate using our very reliable manual saw (hasn’t let us down yet)

 

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Next I sanded inside and out with my mouse sander.

 

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I then applied the WICKES stain (but again MINIWAX is also a good option) with a cloth this time. I used a paintbrush to stain my pull out pantry that I built a couple of months back and it did not end well!

 

How to make a diy Book shelf from a wooden crate

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I left the stain to dry overnight…although you probably don’t need to leave it that long ..I work at snail pace when my son is around. The struggles of a DIY blogger mum I tell you!

 

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(Yeah my kitten likes to get involved)

 

Next I drilled in 2 holes to the each side of the crate (big enough to fit 8mm rope)

 

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The rope was then threaded through and stuck in place with liquid nail glue (this is my favorite glue for all my woodworking projects – its super strong!. I used it to attach wheels to my DIY sons underbed toy box and door hinges to his mini drop down murphy bed for his teddy. ) Leave glue to dry overnight

 

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I spray painted 4 dome shaped screw heads black and covered over the rough edges of the rope (the same way I had used them to create an industrial shelf for my sons bedroom makeover) Finally I sealed with clear varnish to give it a coat of protection.

 

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The shelf was then placed on the wall with screws and wall plugs (anchors)

 

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How to make a diy Book shelf from a wooden crate

 

How to make a diy Book shelf from a wooden crate

So now that you’ve seen how I’ve conquered this rope challenge, I want to see your jute/rope projects! Share them with me and the other hosts on Facebook or Instagram and use the #createwithmeprojects hashtag! We’ll pick our favorites and feature them across our social media accounts!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR NEXT MONTHS CHALLENGE! EDIT: You voted terra cot flower pots! Check back here next month to see what I make!

AND HERES WHAT THE OTHER BLOGGER DID! Aren’t these projects amazing?? Click on the images to take you directly to each of their blog posts

 

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PASTELS AND MACARONS: Coastal lamp

 

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LITTLE BITS OF HOME: Coastal Rope Vases

 

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LOVE CREATE CELEBRATE: Jute string Lanterns

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Comments

  1. I don’t think I could love a crate more… adding rope it is! LOVE this look!

    I’ve featured you this weekend on DIY Salvaged Junk Projects. Thanks for linking up! 🙂

  2. Love this! I have an old wine crate in the garage without a purpose. This gives me a good idea. With kids, I feel like you always need a place to store books and magazines! Visiting from Remodelaholic. Sharing.

  3. This is a fun project. I could see something similar used in a bath, too. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg Hope to see you again soon!

  4. Love it Medina! It looks fabulous 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for linking up too 🙂 #HomeEtc — Caro x

  5. Okay, all I want to know is- did you cook a fabulous meal for your hubby? Just wondering, haha! I also love my mouse sander!

  6. OK so I enjoyed a laugh too! I love to hear that an AWESOME DIY is not so much into cooking :). Makes me realize I am normal because I am not a DYI gal but I have lots of stuff to do it. My husband would laugh at me too if I told him I was going to sew new lounge cushions…I have the patterns and probably the fabric!

    Your magazine/book rack is fabulous! It is so NOW Farm style inspired and looks simple but when I saw the drill I got chills! I am a bit afraid of tools.

    Thanks for joining our party and so glad to get to know you!

  7. What a cute project! I love the look of the crate with the rope. Pinned.

  8. Haha. Love your husband reaction. We all have cook books that need a home! I love displaying cook books and this is an awesome way to display them! Awesome DIY!

  9. Haha, your cookbook story made me laugh! Love your crate bookshelf! Super cute!!