As I’ve stated before, I LOVE thrifting. But, what I haven’t said before is that I love utilizing Craigslist as well! I blog a lot, and follow a lot of interior design blogs. Since I just moved back to the Tampa Bay area I have a blank canvas (new apartment) to play with.
People always ask, “How do you find this stuff? What do you search for?” I literally type in exactly what I want! If I don’t find what I’m looking for, I search for similar things or state it a different way. You have to be careful when using Craigslist, because you never know who your meeting or what they really have. But 9 out of 10 times you’ll be getting the real deal! (& meet some real characters!)
Okay, back to the DIY project. I love wood and I love industrial looking things. I’ve seen crates used for bookcases, tv stands, side tables, etc. So when I knew I was getting a new TV for the holidays (gift to myself) I knew I wanted to make the tv stand I’ve always wanted! So… I started my search on CL (short for Craigslist). I searched for wood crates, and BOOM there they were. A couple in Tampa inherited some 500 military dynamite crates. They had about 30 left and I bought 10 for only $50. I was ecstatic! Then, I got home and opened the boxes, that wasn’t fun.
First, I’m pretty sure my neighbors thought I might be a terrorist, no joke. I was moving 10 military dynamite boxes, I mean, what would you think!? So once, I got all the boxes in my humble (aka tiny) apartment I made space for my new crate tv stand. I open the crates and there they were 4 empty boxes, fit very tightly in the crate. Then I figured out EVERY crate had 4 empty boxes in them. Thats 40 boxes I had to dispose of, not fun.
But, the crates looked amazing! I am stoked to have everything set up and it all looks great. Check out the photos below and don’t be afraid to DO IT YOURSELF.
Before (my old tv stand):
The initial set up:
How I made the tv steady:
Some of the boxes from the crates:
The final product: