Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summer Bucket List: Crate Seats!

they must be comfy, right?!
This has got to be my favorite project so far! It was also the most frustrating, and required the most store trips! Here are my finished crate seats:

And here are all the steps I took to make them:
1. Get 6 crates at Target
2. Take crates to Home Depot to get plywood cut
3. Have Home Depot tell you they are too flimsy
4. Leave Home Depot in tears
5. Take crates back to Target
6. Get 6 new (sturdier) crates at Walmart
7. Go back to Home Depot, have wood cut down to size, and get staplegun

8. Go to Joann Fabric’s to pick out enough fabric for 6 crates
9. Have your mother fly in and bring foam from Michigan
10. Go to your father-in-laws to borrow a sander
11. Sand down both sides of the wood and all four edges

12. Sand down the corners so they are rounded and fit in the crates better

13. Cut foam to be the same size as the boards

14. Spray boards with spray adhesive

15. Stick foam to board

16. Lay fabric right side down on the floor
17. Center the board on top of the fabric with the foam facing down
18. Staple one side of the fabric to the board

19. Rotate the board and do the opposite side

20. Do the two other two sides

21. Fold over the corners like a present and staple

22. Staple on a ribbon loop for a handle
23. Repeat for two more crates

24. Have staple gun break
25. Go back to Home Depot and get new stapler
26. Finish other three crates.

So let’s see, that’s - 3 Home Depot trips, a Walmart trip, a Joann’s Trip, and two target trips. No wonder it took us three days to finish these! Good thing my mom is a good sport!!!


  1. They are beautiful! Worth all the extra effort, huh? Enjoy!

  2. Wow, you definitely went through a lot to make those crate seats, but the end result was worth it! They look great Rachelle!! :)
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  3. haha! See, THIS is why I have been avoiding this project! I realllly want these but I know it's going to take me a couple of days... and my husband will tease me... and there might be some tears because of a broken stapler, lol!! They turned out great though!
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  4. Your seats look great!! I know what you mean by needing a lot of helping hands. I made these last year and love them! My hubby helped a lot!!

  5. Your directions are cracking me up! Well, it looks totally worth it! They are adorable. :)

  6. Your crate seats look fantastic! I love how yours came out!! Great detailed directions and pictures for those brave enough to attempt! I wanted to make some, but ended up buying some ottomans (ottomen?) at Target... I am not brave enough!

  7. Rachelle,
    Bravo for your perseverence!!! Love the seats!
    An Open Door

  8. These are beautiful. Every project I do takes more hands and more time. I loved your upfront and honest post. LOL

  9. Wow, you did a lot of work! Your crate seats turned out awesome! I still want to do them for my classroom, but I think I'm running out of time!

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