As the leaves turn and the weather gets cooler, we begin to put away our cold lemonade and replace it with hot coco and pumpkin flavored sweets. And with fall comes the start of the holidays. Don't fret. There's still time to relax before family and friends arrive. In fact, now is a great time to rethink your kitchen before you welcome guests into your home. Whether your kitchen lacks space or style, we've gathered 5 projects to show you how to get the most out of your kitchen using wooden crates.
1. Maximize Space
A kitchen island can give you the extra food prep space that your kitchen may currently lack. Build a simple frame out of plywood and repurpose crates as drawers. Add casters so you can easily tuck the island away when guest are mingling in the kitchen or keep it out for buffet style gatherings. Visit our Projects Page for instructions on how to build this crate kitchen island.
2. Use What You've Got
Having vegetables out in the open can add warmth to your kitchen without costing a fortune, and you can paint or stain the crate to match any decor. Keeping your produce within reach will also help minimize the mess during the bustle of holiday cooking. Visit our Projects Page for instructions.
3. Add Multipurpose Furniture
If you don't have space to serve cocktails, this crate bar, which also functions as a bookshelf, will be your best friend. Stack crates horizontally and wrap them in reclaimed pallet wood to create a rustic bar that is perfect for entertaining in small spaces. Use our removable X-divided insert to easily store favorite wines on the bottom shelf. You can also add casters and move the bar into another room to get people out of the kitchen while you are still cooking. Visit our Projects Page for instructions.
4. Establish Structure
The key to keeping your kitchen in tiptop shape during the holidays is to establish an organizational system. Designate a spot for everything. This may sound over-the-top, but organizing with crates is an easy way to keep track of what you have and what you need. Not to mention, using wooden crates will add a warmth and rustic feel to your kitchen. Visit our Projects Page for instructions on how to build this crate pantry cabinet by Sawdust to Stitches.
5. Open Up
Open up your kitchen by replacing a few cabinets with open shelving. If you're not into using power tools to install shelves, the look is easily achievable with crates. Paint or stain crates to match your style and stack horizontally for an airy feel. Find out where to purchase our Divided Crate.