A raw wooden shelf is one of my favorite décor elements to have in a home. I love the natural, lived-in feeling it brings about, and that you can create a little vignette on top with whatever little trinkets you choose. Today I have a trick for creating a wooden shelf without using shelf brackets of any kind – just use a wooden crate! I always see tons of wooden crates at flea markets, and they can also be found online, as well. Here are some ways you can use crates as shelves.
You can secure your crate right onto the wall using a drill and four screws, like so:
Suddenly you have two shelves to play with – the inside of the crate, and right on top! Make a little setup with some of your favorite items. On display here is a vintage beer can as a flower vase, an antique camera, and some twine. Simple yet interesting!
Here’s a similar setup for the bathroom, with some perfume, lotion, and a pretty soap dispenser on display. I also wrapped two glass jars with birch bark and filled them with cotton balls and cotton swabs. A little eucalyptus on top and the setup is complete!
Another way to use a crate as a shelf is with a few stacked on top of one another, or with one just placed on a counter as-is. They’re great for decorating an outdoor space, too!
There you have it, the instant wooden shelf. :)
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