But sometimes it does.
I saw these apple crate shelves on one of the blogs that I regularly follow:
And I thought: that would be perfect for some storage in our dining room. I called 4 orchards in our city and the last one I called had 16 mismatched crates that they were going to throw away. Bryce picked them up the next day - for free! Mine didn't look as pretty as the ones above; they were all different shapes and sizes and shades. So I decided to paint, since we needed more color in our house anyways. Here's the nicest one of the bunch (which we decided to leave as-is - it holds books in our living room):
The process (which I don't have any pictures of) went something like this:
- 2 coats of blue spraypaint on 9 crates (turned out very uneven and some weren't covered sufficiently)
- 2 coats of oil-based primer with a paintbrush (oh my goodness . . . incredibly tedious)
- 2 more coats of blue spraypaint (terrible cramp in my right pointer finger and painful pulled muscles in my forearm)
- Bryce screwed them together
My "blue shelf" (as I fondly call it) holds: cookbooks, mail, extra pens & notepads, a plant, speakers to plug an iTouch or laptop into, 2 baskets from Hobby Lobby and some decor items I had laying around. (FYI: the black & white designs are scrapbook paper in random black frames.) The pictures aren't the best (terrible lighting, I know) but you get the idea. My shelf is accomplishing exactly what we needed for basically just the price of spraypaint: unique storage and a pop of color in our dining room.