My Fifty-Cent Crate

This is the first in a series of crates I’m building for my Expedit. It’s made from wood from the scrap pile behind our garage, so it cost nothing for the wood. It set me back fifty cents for the handle, which I sprayed with chalkboard paint. I plan to make six, but ideally I would fill all sixteen cubes up. I was totally inspired by Vicki from Made at This Place, with her Chalkboard Produce Crates for her Expedit. Thanks Vicki!

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Fifty cents for the handle. That's it!
Estimated Time Investment
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Type of Wood
Scrap Piine
Finish Used
I used two coats of Early American 230 stain from Minwax, , followed by two coats of Varathane's clear diamond coat in semi-gloss. Each layer was applied with a rag.
Recommended Skill Level



Wed, 11/20/2013 - 01:42

This looks great! I could use some of these in every room! The handle is a great touch, and I like how you did the inside corners - it will be really sturdy! Definitely putting this on my 'to-do' list!

Val Manchuk

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 08:58

Thank you Joanne!

These crates will definitely solve some storage issues! And it doesn't get much better than building on the cheap!