Chalkboard Library Crate {Tutorial}

Chalkboard Library Crate … ♥

I don’t know about you guys…

but we have a serious problem with remembering when our library books are due.

I think our late fees alone might have funded the newly re-modeled portion of our local library … yikes

I stumbled upon this library crate here

…which I thought was the cutest thing…

then found this at a yard sale … perfect!

I just wanted to change mine up a bit …

by using Mod Podge to cover three of the sides with old book pages

First, a few coats of spray paint with Rustoleum 2x’s the Coverage ~ Heirloom White

Then 3 coats of Plaid chalkboard paint on the front panel

I also spray painted the handles and wrapped them in twine

After gluing the book pages on to the sides and back I re-attached the handles

added some details and it was done!

From trash to treasure …

a new library crate to save us some money help us remember!

The burlap rosettes were done in just a few easy steps

and with a few odds & ends I had on hand …

cut a thin strip of burlap, then fold in half

start rolling one end to form the center

continue winding around the middle, twisting the burlap every so often …

add some buttons & trinkets …

(I wrapped some twine around the base of the crate too)

Here’s a before & after … ’cause that’s the best part right??

Any trash -turned treasure projects anyone?

… they are my favorite!

much love ♥


Hi I'm Jaime photo newMy name is Jaime from Raising up Rubies ♥ stay at home mama to 2 girls and wife to a handsome hubby

…my love is for all things crafty and i feel so blessed to have a super cute space to play & create in…


She’s a super talented contributor to Everything Etsy!  You can find out more about Jaime on her blog…Raising Up Rubies.

What kind of fun home decor have you make this summer?



  1. rebecca says

    Do you have any idea what that crate was originally used for? I bought one from a thrift store a while back and have always wondered, (i thought it was a doll crib, but the two poles contradict that theory!)

  2. says

    totally love the burlap flowers – but mine would never look like that. How about a tutorial on that?

    Great project – thanks Jaime!

  3. says

    Fun project…turned out so pretty! I am a thrifting/yard sale freak, so I am always redoing something. I think my family thinks I am a bit nutty…

  4. says

    yay! thanks ladies…
    i’m so glad it inspires you to get your craft on! garage sales are the best aren’t they??

    Rebecca, was wondering the same thing, what it actually was intended for…thinking magazine/book holder?

    thanks Tricia! the flowers are easy girl! as a matter a fact, Kim has a Rosette Necklace tutorial that she just posted about not too long ago, i make mine the same way!

    much love ♥

  5. says

    I’m always looking for new ways to use chalkboard paint and this is the best one I’ve seen in a while. Thank you for sharing. (I tweeted about this too.)

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