Rustic crate bookcase

by brae  

Of course, I can never fit all the items I want into any particular build, so things get pushed out and saved for later.  One item that I love for The Artist's Studio is the unique rustic cabinet.

But, I've had this image in mind for the Studio all along, so out the cabinet must go!  :\

image from Recaptured Charm

Could I have made nine identical crates?  Yes, but why do that when Minimum World offers perfectly suitable ones already made?  :D  I bought these for $2 each instead of trying to make a bunch of identical crates, which would have taken days.  With the angled front wall, I thought an offset stack would look best.

A set of nine in straight columns is not as interesting, and twelve (as shown in the original photo) wouldn't fit in the allotted space without crowding the daybed.

For reference, here's a narrow configuration in the main living area.  Again, the full stack of twelve would not have fit.

With the rustic cabinet in its original place, it's just too crowded in my opinion.

I stained the crates with two washes of grey, black and brown.

Already much better.

Once dry, I sanded them as needed.  There was slopped glue around many of the seams, but that was easily masked by stuffing the shelves full.  :D  I put my wheat back penny in the bottom row for size reference.

I'll make some additional items appropriate for a studio, but I love the way they look so far with some minis I had on hand.

In fact, many of these items will have to stay...they just look so completely at home.


Comment from: Susan [Visitor]
Gorgeous "shelf stuffing"!!!!
12/27/12 @ 19:27
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
Eeee! I saw your email for this earlier, in between moments of feeling yucky, and... exactly what i was thinking! They look GORG! (Sickness makes me a tad lazy &#59;) ) Love how they look filled. Yes. A lot of it should stay, stay, stay. :D
12/27/12 @ 21:11
Comment from: Elga [Visitor]
I ABSOLUTELY love the crates, they fit in much better than the cabinet and seems just right for a young artist. Hope I am right in amusing your artist is still young, the giraffe and pig makes me think of beloved childhood toys that didn't make it to the give away pile.
12/27/12 @ 23:05
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
That is wicked cool!!!
12/28/12 @ 03:51
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
You've chosen the perfect configuration for them and what a great way of displaying those little items that never seem to find a home anywhere else. The lantern looks great sitting in front too.
12/28/12 @ 04:42
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
I often have trouble putting things in their proper perspective because the photos are so big. I'm so glad you put that penny there because it helps. It's mind boggling how small everything is. I love those shelves to pieces. They could not be better organized. That little giraffe and that little pig stole my heart!
12/28/12 @ 09:18
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
This is beautiful! I left you a note about the furniture on the pic over at the forum. :)
12/28/12 @ 10:38
Comment from: Angie Martin Hall [Visitor]
Love these! Love the color of the crates, too. Reminds me of something I saw in the Restoration Hardware catalog. Also, thanks for the link to Minimum World. I would have never found that without you!
12/28/12 @ 11:56
Comment from: Q [Visitor]  
I love the original rustic cabinet, but do agree on your choice to remove it's bulk in favour of the super cool crate stacking. shelves, they look fantastic and the minis do all look very at home there.
12/28/12 @ 13:57
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>
12/29/12 @ 06:21
Comment from: The Shopping Sherpa [Visitor]
I've had a similar picture tucked away for ever waiting for the moment when I felt like making a pile of identical beer crates out of popsicle sticks. Well done for finding a source of ready made (and well priced) alternatives. They look perfect!
12/29/12 @ 16:13
Comment from: studioseven [Visitor]
So expertly executed...inspiration to miniature realization is fabulous.
12/29/12 @ 22:31
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you, thank you!!! :>>
12/31/12 @ 08:02
Comment from: Rose Fávero [Visitor]
Olá, obrigada por seguir meu blog. Vim visitar sua página e adorei seu trabalho! É perfeito, nem sei se as peças são grandes ou pequenas, de tão lindas, que capricho!!! Parabéns!!! Se precisar de alguma coisa que eu faço, é só falar, podemos trocar. Obrigada Feliz ano novo!! Rose
01/01/13 @ 07:18
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you, Rose! :D
02/25/13 @ 12:29

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