June DIY Challenge Collage

  1. Little Bits Of Home- Trash To Treasure Chair Makeover

  2. Meadow Lake Road-UPcycled metal Paper Organizer

  3. Oh, The Fun- Customized Curtains

  4. Refresh Living- Vintage Sewing Chair Makeover

Happy Monday! So I have had the privilege of joining some pretty awesome ladies in a monthly group challenge. What we’ll be doing is deciding on a topic then each of us will over haul,fabricate,or salvage something. Evry Month It’s so much fun.

This months challenge had to do with upcycling/salvaging thrift store or garage sale finds. Well I thought my little salvaged wood caddy I found in the Parking lot of K-Mart would work Perfect for this. YOu have to make sure you check out everyone elses awesome projects at the top of the page.

I’ve wanted one of these FOREVER, but they’re kind of pricey. So I was living in a wood caddyless world and it wasn’t cool. Then BOOM! I’m in the K-Mart parking Lot and I spot this bad boy just sitting out in the middle of the lot!

crate before

Yeah I know!!! Someone just left this poor guy all alone. He was just waiting for me to come. I’m pretty much a guardian angel at this point. lol. So I brought the crate home and went to town on it!

The how to of it all:

  • I brushed all the dirt and grime off of it then painted it with some white flat trim paint I had. (I purposely painted it roughly to make it look a little more rustic.)

  • I then got a piece of pallet wood I had Left from My DIY Towel Hanger and marked it to make inserts for the caddy. ( I marked them a little longer so they would be snug inside the crate.)

marking inserts

  • I chose to cut three so it would make a sort of H pattern inside the caddy. Also since they’re removable I can make all kinds of different compartments. ( I used a circular saw to cut the three pieces.)


  • After they were cut I painted them and the bottom of the inside of the crate Tropical Oasis, One of my favorite colors.

paint color

  • While everything was drying I went to my computer and made a stencil for the side. I just went through and found a font I liked then printed it off.

  • I used an exacto knife to cut it out. Taped it down with painters tape then painted away.stencil

  • I let everything dry then Hammered the inserts in and we’re done!

You guys it still to this day amazes me what a little bit of paint can do to something. It turned out so perfect! Don’t worry I took plenty of pictures for you 🙂


I just absolutely love it!!


It turned out so great! So many parties will be made easier by this little fella.

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24 Comments on Salvaged Wooden Silverware Caddy- Trash To Treasure Monthly Challenge

  1. Bre @ Average But Inspired
    07/31/2014 at 1:55 AM (2 years ago)

    Stacey, this is ADORABLE and I love that you found the crate in the parking lot!! Amazing. Love it!

    • stacey
      07/31/2014 at 11:51 AM (2 years ago)

      Thank You Bre! I know i couldn’t believe someone just left it. One mans trash is a BLOGGERS DREAM. lol

  2. Erica
    07/31/2014 at 3:48 AM (2 years ago)

    Aww! Stacey, this is SO cute! I’m so glad you rescued that crate from the parking lot – it’s the perfect silverware holder! 🙂

    • stacey
      07/31/2014 at 11:53 AM (2 years ago)

      Thanks Erica! I so love how it turned out.

  3. ang
    07/31/2014 at 8:50 AM (2 years ago)

    What a great project – that Tropical Oasis color is so pretty! Stopping by from Sweet Bella Roos Pin it Thursday and definitely pinning this! 🙂

    • stacey
      07/31/2014 at 11:54 AM (2 years ago)

      Thank you Ang, that color has made it’s way into so many of my projects. Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

    • stacey
      07/31/2014 at 1:36 PM (2 years ago)

      Hey Jennifer, thank you so much for taking time to comment. I linked up to your party thanks for telling me about it!

  4. Carrie @ Kenarry: Ideas for the Home
    08/01/2014 at 12:56 AM (2 years ago)

    I love how this turned out, but your story about how you were the caddy’s guardian angel in that Kmart parking lot made me smile!

  5. Bobbi
    08/01/2014 at 11:13 AM (2 years ago)

    I have one similar, but I wish it had more “compartments” for condiments or salt and pepper. Just holds my silverware and napkins. But I do love it. And I love the stenciling job you did 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sarah
    08/01/2014 at 3:32 PM (2 years ago)

    This is beautiful, I can’t believe you just found it in the parking lot! Maybe I need to find my nearest Kmart and see if the upcycle gods leave me anything good. Lol 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  7. Theresa @DearCreatives
    08/06/2014 at 5:28 AM (2 years ago)

    Your project turned out amazing! Love it. What a find btw!! I have been looking at Valspar paint we are painting our kitchen and cabinets. So many pretty colors. Thanks for sharing your project at the party! Theresa @DearCreatives

  8. Michelle@ Lifes Like That
    08/06/2014 at 6:23 AM (2 years ago)

    So cute! This would look perfect in my home. I especially love the Tropical Oasis colour. Thanks for the great instructions:)

  9. Theresa @DearCreatives
    08/08/2014 at 1:46 AM (2 years ago)

    Your being featured tomorrow! Drop by to see your feature and feel free to linkup again. PS be sure to pick up your featured button. Theresa @DearCreatives

  10. jessica
    08/17/2014 at 5:45 PM (2 years ago)

    you are just so crafty! I love everything you share on your site! Sharing this on stumbled upon as a favorite page!
    Thanks for stopping by the sparkles of inspiration link up party!

  11. Kelly
    09/14/2014 at 2:57 PM (2 years ago)

    Very sweet piece! Lovin the colors 🙂

    • stacey
      09/17/2014 at 7:42 PM (2 years ago)

      Thank YOU!! It’s one of my faves for sure. We use it just about every day.

  12. Leslie @ Oh, the Fun
    06/01/2015 at 8:23 AM (12 months ago)

    Stacey, what a win!! The crate turned is so cute and I love that you chose the word “enjoy” for the word art. Great job!

    • stacey
      06/01/2015 at 9:17 PM (12 months ago)

      Thank you Leslie! So happy you like it.

  13. Jenny @ Refresh Living
    06/01/2015 at 8:30 PM (12 months ago)

    You found it in the parking lot?! That’s awesome! It looks great! I’ve never tried using an exacto knife to cut out a stencil. Is it just on paper?

    • stacey
      06/01/2015 at 9:15 PM (12 months ago)

      I know I couldn’t believe it was there either. Yes it’s just plain computer paper. Before I got my cricut for Christmas that’s all I ever used. It works just fine as long as you don’t use to much paint.

  14. Samantha
    06/03/2015 at 9:48 AM (12 months ago)

    Man, I need to start scouting parking lots! What a great find and I love how you redid it!


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