Junkers United – Repurposed Milk Crate Stool
If this is your first time visiting from the Junkers United group – welcome! I am so excited to be joining with such a great group of ladies. If you would like to see my past projects that involve "junk", you can visit my upcylced projects or my reclaimed rustic wood DIY projects. And if you are wondering what Junkers United is – it is a group of bloggers sharing what they made with something others might consider “junk”. Today I am sharing a simple and fun project – that conquers one more thing in my garage hoard collections - repurposed milk crate stool. I found this table in our kitchen, with the stool, at an estate sale a few years ago. I had been considering buying it, with two stools from Pottery Barn, but the price kept me from pulling the trigger. I was ecstatic when I found it and brought it home. I have tried several different items here, but I am loving the way this looks. The different heights, the wood material – and I am in love with almost anything galvanized. Now it can be a quick little seat in a pinch in the family room or a step stool – but while it waits, it is as cute as can be. And it was super simple. I started with just a galvanized milk crate that has been in our garage forever. By simply cutting a board to the size of the top and rounding the corners, we drilled right into the top corners. For the style of this stool, I liked it exposed and didn’t try to hide it. Add cross boards to the bottom – for these, drill in from the sides to hold it in place (drilling right through the metal and grabbing the wood). To the boards, casters were added. Both the top piece and bottom cross bars were stained. I loved the writing on the sides, so I used that to create the top.
I used my favorite transfer method – simple print out your words on your printer (I used Beba font) – fill in the back of the letters with the lead of a pencil, tape it in place and trace. The lead will transfer through and the simply fill in with black paint. After it dried, I lightly sanded it and then lightly coated it with a dark wax. Besides the fact that it is galvanized, I think one of the things I love the most is that it is a milk crate. My husband grew up on a dairy farm and his family still runs it. When we were first married, I shied away from filling my house with “farming” things – now, I so get how important that history is and I love to fill my home with things that remind us of the roots of our family. And now that you have seen my project, it is time to see what they rest of the crew has come up with – stop by to see them all!
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