You guys!! My family and I have been working so hard in our kitchen remodel while trying to keep up with life. (It happens, ya know.) I’m very excited to share with you the latest that we’ve been working on. For today’s post, I’ve had this project in my brain since FOREVER, and to see it finally come to fruition is wonderful. I’m going to show you how I took our boring builder grade kitchen drawers and turned them into faux crate drawers.
For those of you just joining in, I invite you to check out where we started from HERE, and then our last update HERE.
So…my email subscribers got to see this first, but here is how our ceiling looks now.
We love how much more bright and light our kitchen is without the faux beams we had originally. We’ve added recessed lighting to our kitchen, and new fixtures to our laundry, as well as updated our hot wiring mess.
Whomever wired this house is, well…scary! Our panel is a mish-mosh of connections that don’t make sense and my husband has spent his last four weekends in our attic roasting like a turkey fixing it all. That whole thing has eaten up our precious time, but we want to make it right. He even found a live wire just sitting up there – ask him how he knows. ahem.
While he’s doing that, I’ve been up to some repurposed fun. Enter in my kitchen drawers…
Pretty boring, but served a purpose. Ever since I saw this inspirational picture, I knew I was going to replicate it somehow. The only thing I didn’t like about their design was that it was actual crates. That wouldn’t do because I wanted the same storage I had with the four drawers and didn’t want wasted space or to store my perishables next to my oven. Time to get my woodworking grove on! (she does a jig while giggling like a school girl)
I removed the drawers and here is my blank slate.
Sorry for the fuzzy pic, I was in a rush because I do this kind of work while baby girl sleeps. Ha!
We had already built a new drawer face for the top drawer a few years ago, so it didn’t bother me to go ahead and remove the others too. I built new drawer faces out of plywood using my miter saw.
Here’s how they look. Pretty ugly, huh?
Since I am just covering these up, I just used my nailer and wood glue to attach them. If I wanted a finished look, I would use Kreg Jig.
My goal is to achieve a crate look, so in order to do that I needed to create depth. I used a RustOleum Flat Black to paint the drawer fronts and then moved onto adding the wood slats.
A few years ago, a local business that sold stuff right up my alley went out of business and left a humongous pile of “junk” out for the trash. Yours truly had no problem braking and digging through it all. I got a tent, two Christmas tree bags, odds and ends, and the crate on the right. The other crate came from my fellow junking friend who found it during our city-wide cleanup.
I don’t like to destroy anything if it is just fine in original state, so my goal was to not touch the intact one, but use up the one I found that my kids busted up. I liked the darker wood of it for contrast too. It was going to be tricky, but I knew I could do it.
My jigsaw and my Kreg Clamp Trak on my DIY workbench were my best friends through it all. I was so nervous because I only exactly enough wood to make the slats and frame, so I had to be careful.
You can’t imagine how many times I sat in front of my cabinet measuring and making notes, hopping up to make cut, run back in and sit again. I got a good workout!
Once I had made all my cuts, I did a dry run by just nailing them on using upholstery tacks.
After that, my little helper assisted me in gluing the slats to the faux crate drawer fronts.
Since some of the slats already had nail holes that showcased an awesome patina, I wanted to replicate that on the other boards. See how the top has dark stains, and the bottom doesn’t?
To get the effect I was after, I used my flat black paint thinned with a bit of water and brushed it on. Who knew making faux crate drawers could be so fun, right?
Last, the drawers needed pulls. I debated on using a bin pulls, but I really wanted this to look authentic. With much trepidation, I decided to sacrifice another of my antique barn beam pegs. gulp.
Scored these babies for a dollar and have used some of the damaged ones to make my popular Christmas tree toppers. My stash is dwindling, so this will most likely be my last project with them. I’m hoarding the rest. tee hee hee.
I went back to miter saw (that went with my awesome Christmas gift) and cut them to length, then attached them using my drill.
After all was said and done. Here is my final result…
I am in LOVE! Not only are these faux crate drawers are just as I had envisioned, but also better because they are cohesive, functional, and full of a whole lotta character.
My kitchen used to have a cottage-y feel, and since I’m headed in a different direction, I decided to take my vintage feed sacks I had been saving to make some feedsack purses, and make new curtains too.
Finally, the best part is I use up every bit of only one crate. I even made a cute sign with the remnant and my transfer method for my online shop.
There’s still much to do and you must have vision as the range will be replaced with cabinets when we add gas our cooktop, the counters and sink are coming up soon. And we are working on building a new cabinet for our double wall oven presently. Oh the fun!
I hope you enjoyed my latest addition to our kitchen with my faux crate drawers. I can’t wait to show you the FULL REVEAL HERE.
While you’re at it, pin and share to inspire others to create things like my faux crate drawers! ♥
Also, coming up next week, I have a fun furniture makeover for you with this dresser. It needs a good spankin’, doesn’t it? UPDATE: You can see the makeover – it’s done!
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Mary-the boondocks blog says
What a cool look Larissa. This is awesome. It really does look like you have crates in there without the actual hassle. I’m telling y ou there is no way I would have guessed what was going on underneath. Looking forward to the rest and keep the hubby safe.
I love how it works and that it’s our own style. Thanks for the everlasting love, Mary. 🙂
OMGosh, Larissa. This is adorable! You did a great job, Girl!!
Oh YAY! Thank you for saying so, Catherine. 🙂
I have never commented on your blog,this is a first….you never cease to amaze me with all your creativity! love the look of your drawer fronts…glad to know your husband has it all under control now too! Have a blessed day
Thank you so much, Melinda. I am so glad we are able to fix the mess up in our attic and find potential problems. It is so nice to be back on track…at least I hope! 😉
I’m saying yes, yes and clapping my hands, That is so darn cute I love it. You are so creative and talented, I know I keep telling you this, but it is so true.
You are so lucky to have such a cute little helper, she is adorable.
It looks great. I love that crate look. You are talented
Thanks so much for stopping by and showing me some love, Vanessa. 🙂
Oh my, you took old bones and made them jewels. I love it, love it, love it. I would have never thought of nor been able to create such beauty. Thank you for sharing.
You just made my day, Ivory. Thank you!
Christy@ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says
You are always so creative! Those drawers add a ton of character to that area!
Thank you, Christy. It may be the most fun thing I’ve done in a long time, and we love the texture it has added to our kitchen. 🙂
Larissa, I have signed up to receive your emails twice but have never recived any,thanks
Hi Jo, would you mind emailing me so we can figure you what’s going on? Thanks! [email protected]
Hi there! Just came I via Pinterest (again).
I realize this has been a while, but I thought I’d ask. Have you ever considered ditching the sink curtains and just making a drawer? I did. I will never stick my hand into the back of a dark cupboard, into forgotten items hoarded by some troll again! It’s been a game changer and you have the talent — and tools!
I made my cabinet doors and drawers out of wine crates. I work in a restaurant that serves a lot of wine, have a liquor store near by, eBay has them, and even the vineyards themselves were kind enough to send me wine crate panels! Mostly I like the free ones, but also the ones from vineyards where I like the wine!
Anyway, as always, great job. Love the look.
Yes, we’re not done yet and are going to tweak it to our liking when we finish. We have to rebuild that cabinet as it is rotted out. Time will tell as we are finally back at it. Thanks!
Larissa, there is stuff by Tall Earth (Amazon) which is a nontoxic stuff that changes the chemical make-up of wood, making it impervious to weather and rot. It’s not a sealer, though. It does oxidize the wood, though, as thought you were using vinegar and steel wool. Anyway, I spray this stuff on with a squirt bottle and it soaks in. I’ve made raised garden beds out of lumber that’s already, oh, let’s say “aged” and used this with unbelievable results. 6 years later, my oldest, non-treated lumber bed is still solid as a rock and beautiful. Just a thought.
Then, there’s always paint base for an invisible, matte finish, to where you cannot see you’ve put anything on your wood!
Just a couple of ideas. You’re so creative I wanted to offer you two more tools for your tool box!