For Christmas this last year my mom gave me my gifts in this really rad old 7up soda crate
I knew with that much character I couldn't just let it go to waste holding some junk in the shed
So, after much Googling, Pinteresting and deliberation I decided on an awesome use for it!
We have had this hideously ugly magazine holder in our bathroom for years
I got it for free like so many other things we have in our house that I absolutely hate now.
And I have been in super purging mode lately.
So I needed a replacement before I could ditch it.
So I thought I would enlist my super awesome Daddy-O's help to make my vision come to fruition
|he was all too eager to help me since we haven't seen each other in more than 2 weeks!|
I was going to turn my crate into a magazine holder with a cool cushioned hinged top.
I just got some new rugs and towels for our bathroom in my favorite colors.
(really pretty greens and blues, I tried to find pics from the Target website, but couldn't, ugh
As much as I love Target, I HATE their website!!)
So I wanted the crate to match the new theme
|My dad's super awesome and very old saw that he got from his father-in-law|
|Making his measurements|
|There was a missing plank across the bottom of the crate|
|so we cut this piece to size to fit inside the bottom|
|marking our cuts on the plywood for the lid|
|Perfect fit! (of course!)|
|my dad is a perfectionist when it comes to this type of project so here he is erasing the marks from inside the box|
|we added a strip of plywood to the upper back side of the crate to reinforce where the screws would attach for the hinges|
|We tried to use the hinges this way, but after testing them, we found that it wouldn't work and had to attach them to the back of the crate.|
So I got a foam chair pad from JoAnn's and cut it down to size.
Then I went out to my craft stockpile in the shed and got some polyester 1/4" batting and double layered it.
I got some really beautiful and great quality fabric that matched my bathroom colors perfectly @ JoAnn's too.
I layered the right side down fabric
the 2 layers of batting
The chair foam
and the plywood
I then stretched the bejeebers out of the batting and fabric over the back and stapled it a million times all the way around
(Of course I have no photos of this step because like a doofus I allowed all my batteries to die, camera AND phone, ugh!)
I wanted to be sure that the magazines wouldn't just end up in a messy pile inside the crate so I asked my dad to add the dowels for me,
what's cool too is that we can mark our places in our magazines as you can see
|we drilled holes through the side of the crate and put 1/4' wooden dowels all the way through|
So here's the finished product!
I'm so in love with this project
|we added bumpers to the bottom so it couldn't scuff up the floor and also so it would stay put.|
|how cool is this?!|
I thought about finding a way to make the underside of the lid look more "finished" but I decided it really didn't matter that much and just left it
I may change my mind later, but for now it works for me.
|silly view through the handle hole|
So that's what I did yesterday.
It was so fun to hang out with my dad for the first time in a good while, he is so much fun!
( And really crafty)
Plus it was super refreshing to have a project to work on, it's been a while
and we are already planning to find something else to make together.
Yesterday was a good day.