Numbered Wooden Crates

Do you ever have a storage situation that involves just shoving things behind a closed door and calling it day? No? Me either.


Just kidding! This post is technically re-post. I had actually shared it last year, but the content was lost during the Great Blog Deletion of 2013. Oops! It was one of my favorite organizational updates we did in our last home, so I figured it was a good one to share again.

Previously, our “storage solution” for shoes had been an old laundry basket and a broken down woven basket well beyond their years in use. It always looked like a disheveled mess and obviously needed some help. (The whole closet needed help, but that is another post.)

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I found these great wooden crates at Michael’s and ended up paying less than $8 per crate thanks to some lovely 50% off coupons. Yay for good deals!

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We used Minwax Polyshades (in Antique Walnut I think) to stain each of the crates. My hubby was recruited to do the dirty work, while I took a photo.

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Once everything was dry, I printed out the number 1 through 4 onto cardstock, cut them out, and traced each one onto the front of the crates. Using a small paint brush, I filled in each number with chalk paint.

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Then came the fun part of sorting and purging our shoes. You can see I had a little helper.

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That is Maverick, one of our two golden retrievers that we lost to cancer this past year. I never realized how hard it would be once they were both gone. So many times, I still catch myself watching how I stand up from the couch, because they always loved to lay next to our feet. Or calling them to go up to bed every evening. It’s something I still do or think about most nights. Crazy how these furry guys and girls have such an impact on our lives, even with the simple everyday things.

Ok, back to the project. After I had everyone’s shoes sorted, we put them back into the closet arranged on a custom made shelf for the space.

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It is amazing how much easier it find your own shoes when you don’t have to sort through 3 other people’s loafers.

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So, that’s our shoe storage story. We can’t be the only ones who crave a little organization in the shoe department. How do you store your kicks? Boxes, baskets, bins or something else?


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Your Designs This Time – No. 27

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Welcome to Your Designs This Time – No. 27. If you are new here, we’re so happy you stopped by and to our old friends who have been here before, we are glad you are back!

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The Features

This home-office/craft-room is amazing! Chic California did an awesome job.


The Vintage Peacock transformed this dresser from drab to fab. You should head on over and check out the before picture.


These colorful little animal heads from Delineate Your Dwelling are to die for, but not literally. They are made out of clay. So cute!


Meet The B’s has the perfect idea for a gift for you to take to your next housewarming party! This succulent planter is stunning.


This crock pot carnitas recipe from Cupcakes and Crowbars looks delicious. Mmmm!


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Pick My Seat

Literally. I need your help. I know that’s kind of a weird title, but you will understand it better as you read along. Promise.

You may or may not remember our Revamping the Breakfast Nook post. We are coming along in this room slowly, but surely. The newest addition is this painted, round, oak, pedestal table. (Holy adjectives!) Isn’t she purdy?

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We actually found this table on the side of the road. It was a bit beat up, with a crack in the pedestal that needed repaired, but it came with all of the essential hardware. So, we decided to load it in our Jeep and bring it home.

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After a little TLC in the form of wood glue, sanding, priming and painting, she was as good as new. Here she is all decked out with a little non-traditional fall decor. Looking good!

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The chairs are the same ones we had with our previous table. But we’re now thinking that maybe it’s time to change things up, since we have this nice, “new” table to enjoy. Here are some of the choices we are considering.

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1. If we keep our current chairs, the plan would be to paint them white, like these from Overstock.

2. I really like the clean look of this type of upholstered chair, and the removable cover means that we could keep it clean from the grubby little hands that would be touching it during meals.

3. This chair (technically, the same chair as #2) is slip-covered, so it can also be washed if it gets dirty. The dressed up look is definitely a favorite and would add a bit of relaxed elegance to the breakfast nook.

4. I’ve been toying around with the idea of buying something similar to these chairs. I love their vintage, industrial feel, but I wonder how comfortable they would be.

5. This one borrows its look from the classic bentwood café chair and the curved lines could work well with those of the new table. The sale price is also pretty appealing.

We’d love your input on finding the perfect dining chairs. There are tons of great options out there and these are just a few that we feel could work for us. Which chair is your top pick? Do you have any experiences with the choices listed or recommendations other than these? Let us know!

16 Fantastic Fall and Halloween Ideas

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Mason Jar Ring Pumpkin

Mason Jar Ring Pumpkin

Fall Wreath / Blooming Homestead

Freezer Paper Stenciled Treat Bag

Freezer Paper Stenciled Treat Bag

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Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

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DIY Pumpkins with Realistic Looking Stems / Anderson and Grant

Octonauts Costumes

Octonauts Costumes

Ghoulish Greek Yogurt Eyes / Frenchie

Grateful Art

Grateful Art

Neutral Fall Shelf Decor / Just A Girl and Her Blog

Chalk Cloth Bunting

Chalk Cloth Bunting

Apple Candle Holder

Apple Candle Holder

Pallet Pumpkins / Little House Of Four

Halloween Mantle

Halloween Mantle

Fabric Pumpkin from a Milk Jug / House On The Way

Budget Friendly Glass Hurricanes

Budget Friendly Glass Hurricanes

Free Fall Printable / The Rustic Willow

DIY Teacher Desk Organization Station

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents

Today I will be sharing with you an easy DIY Teacher Desk Organization Station. This adorable school supply holder is made with oodles of recyclables. How awesome is that?

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My supply list for this project was pretty basic. I used an old discarded Melissa and Doug toy tray, ribbon, glue stick, two hand-me-down Mason jars, one small empty can (previously used for tomato paste,) spray paint, several sheets of scrap paper, wooden dowels, and painters tape.

Here’s how I made it.

First, I lightly sanded the toy tray and spray painted it with glossy white paint to give it a much cleaner look.

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Next, I jazzed up two jars with spray paint. I love the look of paint dipped Mason jars and a touch of gold is all I needed to add a bit of glam to this project. I used painters tape and scrap paper to protect the undipped portion from over spray.

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Then, an old empty can of tomato paste took a turn transforming its color to white. (No, it didn’t change its own color. I just spray painted it, but I thought saying it like that was much more exciting. Tada! *Jazz Hands*) I added a piece of ribbon around the middle of the can to give it a little something extra.

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The vase I had just lying around. It was just looking for a purpose and it found one. It holds these adorable homemade “Take a Number” flags. They were assembled using wooden dowels, a glue stick, a marker, and scrap paper. Aren’t they cute?

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Finally, it was time to add all the essential school supplies to the tray and containers. The cost was pretty minimal. Yay! Who doesn’t love that? I had shopped at Office Max for the school supplies and found they had a great deal going on. It is Save $5 off your purchase of $20 or more on select Newell Rubbermaid Brands (PaperMate, Expo Neon Window Markers, Sharpie, Uni-Ball, & Mr. Sketch. While supplies last.) Woo hoo! If you are not part of Office Max/Office Depot’s rewards program yet, you should take advantage of it by clicking here.

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I love how this desk organizational tray turned out. Everything has a place. It would make the perfect teacher gift for back to school time or any other special occasion. The teacher that receives this tray will be the envy of the faculty for sure!

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