Make a custom modular bookshelf from crates
As my kids get bigger, I realized we needed a solution that could accommodate their growing book collection. These shelves are great because you can find unfinished wooden crates anywhere, and just add a crate when you need more space.
I don't have photos of the process, but it's pretty simple.
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Sand them down. Ugh. Sanding's the worst part, right? My crates were pretty rough when I got them, so started with 80 grit, then 100, then 150. They're not exactly silky smooth; my main goal was to smooth them up enough so the kids wouldn't get splinters on their new bookcase.
Stain. Make sure your crate is clean and free of dust, then stain it your desired color. I used my favorite stain (Rust-oleum Dark Walnut). They've got these nifty half pint cans that are perfect for a small project like this.
Seal. Finish with a coat of polyurethane. I used Satin finish, because I didn't want too much shine.