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Repurposed Milk Crate Filled with Puzzles

Milk Crate Refresh and Repurpose

August 27, 2012 Sarah Coggins

While packing up for our move, I’ve come across a number of forgotten items. This red milk crate was one of those. It dated to college days and had been filled with an assortment of papers and books. Once I sorted those out, I was left with an empty crate that I debated donating before realizing I could use it to organize our son’s puzzles in our family room.

Before: Milk Crate

Although we have accents of red in the room, I planned to place the crate under one of the end tables and wanted it to blend versus pop. I saw an idea on Pinterest for sewing a cover and initially thought I would do that. Then a quicker solution came to mind – spray paint. We have several leftover cans in our shed and one with a taupe color was perfect (plus it helped me use up something else – 1 more thing we don’t have to move!).

After: Repurposed Milk Crate

A couple of coats later I had a milk crate that looked almost brand new. It fits perfectly beneath the end table and contains most of our son’s puzzle collection. Now he can still enjoy them and we can clean up quickly.

Repurposed Milk Crate Filled with Puzzles

Have you found a new purpose for an everyday item lately?


  • Staci August 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm
    Super cute! We still use those in my classroom!
  • Melisa - Mommy This & That August 28, 2012 at 9:13 pm
    Love a good milk crate!
  • Janet September 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm
    Excellent! I love spray paint. We've got some of those old crates in the basement from college days, too!
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