Welcome to another fabulous day of my Summer Blog Series: Color my Home! I am so excited to have Emily from The Benson Street on my blog today, showing us how to make this super cute Cobalt Blue Crate Book Case! And she even shows off how she distressed this using something I’ve really been wanting to try!! And I just love how it turned out!
Hey I’m Emily and I blog over at The Benson Street. I love to do quick craft projects, try new recipes and celebrate holidays.
Today I am so excited to share with you a DIY Colorful Crate Book Case. It is a great way to add color to a very neutral room on a budget. This project cost me total of $35.
- 3 wooden crates (I bought mine at Joann’s with 50% coupons I’ve seen them at Michael’s too)
- Spray paint (I used 4 cans of Krylon Oxford Blue Satin finish)
- Distressing Ink Pad (I got a black color)
- Sand paper
Start by painting the crates. It took a couple of coats. I would spray it and then let it dry and spray it again, until it was completely covered.
I love how the blue color turned out, after about 3 or 4 coats.
After the paint has completely dried. Sand the edges to distress each crate. Go to town if you want a lot of distressing or just do a little bit.
Wipe off the dust from the sanding and then rub the distressing pad over each of the crates on all the sides. It really brings out the wood grain in the crates. Allow the ink to dry. I left mine for a couple of hours.
Stack the three crates on top of each other and use colorful books and frames to dress it up. For a sturdier bookcase secure the crates together. I wanted to keep mine flexible so I just stacked them. It seemed pretty stable, but if it were any higher with small children, I would secure it.
The top had some summery green flowers and vases. On the top shelf I put a yellow frame and aqua dish with decorative balls.
In the middle crate I put some fun colorful books with a bookend. In the bottom crate I used faux book and floral arrangement. Each of these elements adds color in a fun way that is super easy.
I love how it finished with the sanding and the black ink pad. It would have been fun with a brown color too.
This cobalt blue color is awesome. I love it!!! It will go perfect in my neutral basement and add lots of color.
Thanks for hanging out with me and my new love (DIY colorful crate bookcase) today. I hope to see you soon over at The Benson Street.
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