I’m in the process of helping friends redesign their basement and it’s been such a fun process seeing the space come together. We’ve done a lot of really cool projects that I can’t wait to reveal but this most recent project was to design a storage piece for under their big screen TV. We needed a long, narrow piece with good storage, to fit a teenagers’ style, that was both rustic and industrial. This rolling cart made from wood crates was the perfect solution.
I did a similar project last year combining wood storage crates and rolling casters. Check that post out here. You can find wood crates everywhere – craft stores like Michael’s or home supply stores like Home Depot. And they’re often on sale. They’re constructed pretty well for an inexpensive crate. But I really love the fact that they’re a little crude and imperfect. In other words, they have potential.
You’ll need the following materials:
• Wood crates – I used 6
• Wood pieces for top and bottom. I bought a piece of 1″ thick common board and had it cut into 2 pieces to fit.
• Four 2″ swivel industrial casters & screws
• Paint and/or stain
• Wood glue
• Sandpaper, electric sander
• Tools: nails, screwdriver, hammer, tape measure, drill
Here’s the how-to on this easy DIY project:
1. Using your wood glue, attach the crates together how you would like them to go. I used 6 crates and did 2 rows of 3.
2. Use clamps (or chip clips!) to hold the crates in place until the glue is dry.
3. I also nailed the crates together for extra support. I put one in each corner wherever 2 crates same together.
4. Attach the top and bottom pieces of wood the same way – with glue and nails. When all the glue is dry, sand the entire piece inside and out. I used an electric sander to make this process much easier and quicker. You’ll need to sand any small areas – such as hard to reach corners and inside the handles – by hand though. Be sure to wipe down the crates when done.
5. I decided to paint the cart with two different finishes. The walls in my friends’ basement are Behr French Silver so I used the same color on the inside of this piece. I wanted a different finish for the outside to create a two-tone effect so I used a water-based, semi-gloss pecan stain for the outside. My friends installed a shiplap accent wall with different shades of stained wood. This wall is so cool and I wanted this rolling cart to work with both this wall and the painted walls. If you opt for this technique, it is definitely more time consuming and you’ll need a little more patience – but I think the effect is almost as cool as their shiplap wall!
6. To do this technique, paint the insides your paint color. I started off using painter’s tape but it didn’t stick very well to the unfinished wood. So I opted to just paint it freehand and be very careful at the edges.
It needed 2 coats and be sure to get the areas inside the handles and between the slats. After the paint was dry, I sanded down any of the unfinished areas where the paint seeped through.
7. Next, I stained the outside, top and bottom with the pecan stain. I added a coat of semi-glass clear to protect the stain too.
8. Once it was dry, I turned the piece over and attached the casters in each of the corners with 0.75″ screws. I drilled a start hole then manually screwed the casters in.
Now you have a unique rolling cart with lots of separated storage – and a really cool color combination.
I staged it so you could see how it would look but I can’t wait to see it set up in my friends’ new basement!
Stay tuned for more on the basement project. Have a great day!
Another awesome and creative project by Lori Greco! Love it! Such a cool storage piece!
Thanks Beth!! You could make one so easily!
Saving to my build projects board, love this! The Wednesday “To Grandma’s House We Go” link party just started over at grandmashousediy.com and I thought you might be interested in joining it, thanks!
Thanks you!! I’ll definitley check it out!
Thank you for sharing with us, this was featured today at the link party!
Yeah!! Thanks Tarah!
I love shelving, but shelving on wheels? Bonus! Great idea!
Thank you – I would put everything on wheels if I could!
Mary Hunnicutt says
What a great idea! I am pinning this for later!
Lori, that’s just beautiful. I love, love, love it!!!! So creative and abSoooooLutely perfect. Really cool. Thank you so much for sharing your creative storage idea at the Sweet Inspiration party.
Thanks Michelle! Loving the link parties!!
Love it! Pinning for my future craft room!
Thanks you and good luck with your craft room!
I love how awesome this turned out, and it’s such an easy piece to build. Thanks for sharing at the Wednesday showcase party. Pinned.
Thanks so much!!
Jeannie Carle says
I love this rolling storage! Doesn’t take up a lot of space and looks nice! AND – I can do this! Nice!
Thanks so much Jeannie! It’s been great storage in an area that needed a narrow piece.