Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Farm Treasures: Refinished Apple Crates

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Behind this barn door is such a glorious mess.

Hidden in that mess there are some pretty worn out apple crates from when the farm really harvested from the orchard.

After some hard work, a good scrub, lots of sanding, a little planing and getting Ryan to cut new bottoms from some old wooden siding, we were set. Everybody pitched in.

Now we have the nicest toy storage that I’ve ever seen.

They stack so nicely and even make good forts so I’m banning all plastic tubs from view.

6 sturdy crates of duplo is surely enough for one house.

Oh My Mess! to DIY Pantry P0rn

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Way back in January,  I was inspired to clean up my pantry.  Friends at Well Preserved and Folks Gotta Eat were writing these great posts about overhauling their pantries and finding 10 bags of quinoa, 4 bags of icing sugar and secret stashes of pudding mix.  Well I dove right in, found my share of ridiculous things, like instant chocolate mousse from our trip to Italy 4 years ago and four types of dried basil, and then promptly felt very very pregnant and couldn’t even open the pantry let alone edit and post photos of it.

The great thing that came out of this project is we finally finished organizing the spices and they still look great.

This is such an easy peasy project you can finish in one afternoon. You’ll need a can of chalkboard spray paint and a white pencil crayon (I like the Staedtler Omnichrome ones) and a new box of lids.

2 coats of spray paint and you’re good to go!

The pencil crayon lasts longer than chalk and isn’t messy.  It wipes off if you want it to with a damp cloth.

Ahhh, and doesn’t the calendula look nice?  I think I’ll go brew a pot to celebrate getting this post out of my drafts folder.