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DIY Reclaimed Crates + Bookcase Makeover

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I have a secret love affair going on…actually, it’s probably not all that secret. And my husband fully approves.

I lurrrrrv me some wood grain! On old doors, on tabletops, on walls, ev.ery.where.

So then the day came last week when I stumbled upon these babies at the thrift store for about $1 each…

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…and I instantly had heart eyes. I didn’t have much use for these wooden boxes as they were, but all I had to do was give them the same treatment I gave my DIY herb garden crate from last summer.

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I gave them a good sanding with my mouse sander, and they looked instantly like vintage wine crates.

Then, on a whim, I decided I was ready for a change on our living room bookcase that I originally found on Craigslist.

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Lately, I’ve discovered I like a little bit of drama, as in the high contrast kind. So I grabbed a paint brush and a bottle of Fusion Mineral Soapstone and went at it. Fusion Mineral Paint was so nice to provide me with the paint.

I put two coats on the back of the bookcase, added my freshly sanded thrift store boxes along with lots of greenery, old books, and a few hand-me-down family items, and I ended up with this!

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The dark bookcase backing definitely gave it the oomph it needed.

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The bookcase sort of disappeared on the back wall of our living room before, and now it has really added some interest to that corner.

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And since we’re in the middle of winter, it’s nice having all of this livened up greenery… even if it is all fake.

I grab one or two artificial plants every once in a while at Ikea and HomeGoods, and over the past couple of years, they’ve added up to a pretty big collection.

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Oh, and I found that big wire birdcage at the thrift store for $10 too. Yay! Score!

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So what do you think? Are you a fan of drama? Or have a love affair for wood grain too?

DIY Reclaimed Vintage Crates

Later this week, I’ll have a little sneak peek of the happenings in our master bedroom makeover progress. I cannot WAIT to share!



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  1. Love that paint colour at the back of your bookcase. Your plants don’t look fake! . It’s nice to change things around in January- you have great vision.

    1. Thank you, Shirley! I really like the Ikea ones because they do look fairly real considering how inexpensive they are. I kill any live plant that ever dares to enter our house…black thumbs McGee over here.

  2. Hi Lauren!
    Your bookcase turned out fantastic.The color choice on the interior is genius, it reallys pops and your stacks of vintage books paired with the wooden crates and succulents is perfect. It’s like I’m watching a clip from “Fixer Upper.” lol!! I love it, you are inspiring us all, girlie. Have a blessed day!!!

    1. Oh goodness, Sherri, you just paid me the biggest compliment ever to even think this is similar to Fixer Upper. Thank you! Haha! You are too sweet. Hope you have a blessed day too!

  3. Hey Lauren – love the new look on the bookcase! The paint definitely added the little bit of “drama” that it needed. I love how you styled it with the wooden boxes, books and all of the greenery….not to mention the great birdcage! I’ve seen those boxes at Goodwill before….I think I might need to be on the lookout for them again. Thanks for sharing – always enjoy your thrifty finds and great projects. 🙂

    1. You’re always so sweet, Lanita. Thank you! I think I’ll be snatching them up at my neighborhood thrift store too. 🙂