I was cleaning my garage over the weekend and spotted a few wooden crates that had been sitting there for a long time. I thought to myself this can be used better than just letting it sit here.
And sure enough, I thought of the idea of turning these ignored wooden crates into my entryway showpiece. With just a little bit of work, I was able to transform this into a stylish storage unit to put near my door’s entryway. Now, I’m using it to put some plants and decor items on it and every time I walk past it, it makes me so happy. In this article, I’m just going to show you the entire process.
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Materials Needed for this DIY Entryway Project
- A wooden crate (medium-sized)
- Sandpaper (medium grit)
- Wood stain or paint (color of your choice)
- Clear varnish or sealant (optional)
- Cushion or fabric (for seating, optional)
- Decorative items (like small plants, photo frames, etc.)
Entryway Transformation – Step-by-Step Guide
We’re turning a basic wooden crate into something pretty awesome for your entryway. Let’s dive in!
1. Picking and Prepping Your Crate
First up, grab a sturdy wooden crate that fits well in your entry space. Give it a good clean to get rid of any dirt or old cobwebs – trust me, there’s always some!
2. Sanding Time
Now, let’s smooth things out. Grab some medium-grit sandpaper and sand down the crate. We’re talking about getting rid of splinters and preparing it for a new look. After sanding, wipe it to get rid of the dust.
3. Staining or Painting
Here’s where it gets colorful. Pick a stain or paint that goes with your entryway vibe. Paint it evenly and let it dry. Sometimes, a second coat really makes the color pop, so go for it if needed.
4. Sealing the Deal (Optional)
If your entryway is a busy spot, consider sealing the crate with some clear varnish. It adds durability and keeps it looking good for longer.
5. Adding a Cushion (Optional)
Fancy a seat? Put a cushion on top. Choose a fabric that vibes with your space, secure it onto some sturdy foam, and plop it on your crate.
6. Decorating and Accessorizing
Now, place your crate where it feels right in your entryway. It’s great for keeping shoes, umbrellas, or whatever you need handy. Jazz it up with some small plants, frames, or anything that says ‘you’.
7. Admire Your Handiwork
Finally, take a step back and enjoy the view. You’ve just added a unique, stylish, and super-functional piece to your entryway.
And that’s a wrap! You’ve got yourself a fab new addition to your home, and hey, you made it yourself! If you’re feeling extra creative, do check out my other project on turning a door into a coffee table.
Wrapping Up This DIY Entryway Project
And there you have it. Your entryway storage solution. You’ve just turned a useless simple crate into a stylish gem for your entryway.
Every time you walk past it, you’ll get that awesome ‘I made this‘ feeling, just like I do. So, enjoy your new creation and the personalized touch it adds to your home. Here’s to many more DIY adventures!