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Upcycling. You love it, right? Equal parts upgrading and recycling, the art of upcycling promises to breathe new life into those found objects you just aren’t quite sure what to do with. Case in point: a fruit crate I was gifted by some lovely blogger friends while teaching a course in Portland last summer. You might argue that a fruit crate is an odd gift, but to a design blogger? A fruit crate is the mecca of possibility.

Upcycling 101: From Fruit Crate to Toy Chest - Erin Loechner

Still, the aforementioned crate sat dusty in my entryway, begging to be used for more than hat, gloves and scarf storage. And as we started to plan our little one’s nursery (she’s due in July!), the thought hit me: why not transform this fruit crate into a rustic toy chest with a hot pink caster twist? The project was easy peasy and took just a few materials: casters, spray paint, spare wood and the crate itself! Here’s how we pulled it off:

Upcycling 101: From Fruit Crate to Toy Chest - Erin Loechner
Upcycling 101: From Fruit Crate to Toy Chest - Erin Loechner

1. After gathering our materials, we sprayed primer (one coat) and spray-painted (two coats) the casters and let dry overnight.

Upcycling 101: From Fruit Crate to Toy Chest - Erin Loechner

2. Because the wooden base of the crate was thin, we cut thick blocks of wood to swallow the screws from each caster. This ensured a stable, sturdy fit.

Upcycling 101: From Fruit Crate to Toy Chest - Erin Loechner
Upcycling 101: From Fruit Crate to Toy Chest - Erin Loechner

3. We then placed our thick blocks of wood on the inside of the base and pre-drilled our holes in the bottom 4 corners of the crate.

Upcycling 101: From Fruit Crate to Toy Chest - Erin Loechner

4. Lastly, we used lock washers and screwed in each caster.

Super quick and easy, right? Tell me, what’s an object laying around your house that you’d love to re-purpose? I’ve got a list a mile long and would love to hear your’s!


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