Easy recyclable home decor ideas you can do yourself using vintage wooden crates

The saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure", has been around for a long time. Recyclable…
Easy recyclable home decor ideas you can do yourself using vintage wooden crates
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The saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, has been around for a long time. Recyclable home decor ideas that are easily created yourself are just a stone’s throw away if you know what to look for. The materials are all around us. We just have to open our eyes and see them for what they are. So, the next time you’re thinking about clearing the garage, basement, or attic in a cleaning frenzy, stand back and take stock of what you have before you throw it away. You never know what treasures you have before you until you see them for what they really are:

Old, wooden crates can be used for a variety of great recyclable home decor ideas. Their markings and scars lend them character that many people try and replicate on newer furniture through distressing. If the distressed or slightly rustic look is something that appeals to you, consider some of these simple projects that can be jazzed up with brass hardware and corner fittings for a more polished look.

Pet supplies have become a multi-billion-dollar industry over the years. Here’s a simple recyclable home decor idea for larger breeds of dogs that is seen frequently in pet catalogs catering to folks with designer dreams for man’s best friend. Vintage crates that were originally used for soda or beer bottles are just the right size for this project. First, you’ll need to have two stainless steel bowls of the appropriate size for your pet’s needs with a lip or rim on them. Next, measure the diameter of the bowls just underneath the rim keeping your tape flush to the sides of the bowls. The rim is going to overlap the wood and hold it securely in place once your project is finished. Now, flip the crate over and using your measurements trace two evenly spaced circles onto the wood. You may want to use templates. Using a jigsaw, cut out the holes and then pop the bowls into place. Now you’ve got yourself an attractive, raised doggie-dining station that would have otherwise cost you between $50 and $100 or more.

Here’s another use for vintage crates for easy recyclable home decor ideas. Larger crates like old, wooden wine boxes work best for these projects. Stack these crates on their sides and ends to configure a shelving unit of the height and width you need for the space you’re trying to fill, and then secure them together with metal fasteners to ensure stability. Determine which boxes you might want to add additional shelves to, one inch-thick plywood can be installed with fasteners, and stained or coated with polyurethane for a finished look, or leave the wood raw for a more rustic appearance, and you’re done.

End tables and coffee tables made from wooden crates are recyclable home decor ideas that are super easy to create with a minimum of effort by simply standing a tall, wooden crate on its end. By stacking two smaller crates you can use them as night stands or as end tables with a storage space. To add shelves to them, screw in strips of wood or metal fasteners for shelves to rest on, and then paint or finish them with stain and/or sealer, and you’re good to go. You can also easily use them for a coffee table by placing them back to back a few feet apart and placing a sheet of glass cut to size across the tops of them.