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Today’s DIY project will help you with a little bread storage so you can get all those bulky packages off the countertop.
If your kitchen is anything like mine then you don’t have a whole lot of countertop space.
So, let’s get that problem solved!
Most of these items were purchased at Walmart with exception of the crates.
The company I work for in my day job builds these crates so I got these from there.
You can also purchase them on Amazon.
Items you Need for your Bread STorage Crates
The size of the crates I used seem to work very well especially if you buy those long loaves of bread. This size is 17-13/16” x 12-1/2” x 9-1/2”.
Now these are the hangers that I used and fit my situation the best. You may find that another type of hangers would work best for you.
For instance, you could get away with not using the command strips or the wire if your wall has studs where you can just attach the D-Rings by nailing in a nail. Or you could even use anchors.
The location I wanted to put my crates left me with just one stud I could attach to.
I didn’t use anchors because I live in a double wide so my walls are thinner and it makes me nervous to only use anchors in the wall.
So, here are the hangers that I used.
The D-Rings can be purchased at Walmart. You can get them in a pack by themselves or they also have a variety pack where you get the D-Ring, the Wire (below), and another type of hanger.
I used the 30 lb picture wire because that was the least pounds I could find without having to purchase a large kit. The picture wire I purchased was also the Hillman brand at Walmart.
I also used Command Strips from Walmart because these help keep the crates flush to the wall. You just want to make sure you follow the directions on the package and so your strips don’t pull away from the back of the crate.
I am a Pioneer Woman fanatic so I am gradually adding items in colors to match my Pioneer Woman bowls set.
This spray paint from Walmart is Gloss Rich Plum.
220 grit sandpaper
The 220 grit sandpaper does a really good job at getting the rough boards smooth on the pine used on these crates.
nail to hang on wire
Steps to get your bread storage crates wall hung
step 1: sand the rough sides
Rough sides on the outside of the crate wouldn’t be so bad especially if you can turn that side out of sight.
But rough wood on the inside needs to be sanded down so that it doesn’t snap or poke holes in your bread sacks.
step 2: Paint your crates
I forgot to take a photo of the in-process paint but here is one of them finished.
You will notice there is a shelf in the top crate. I had some scrap plywood laying around so I cut a piece to size to fit.
I spray painted the crates and the shelf separately before I stapled the shelf inside the crate.
It took 1-1/2 cans of spray paint in the size shown above the paint these bread storage crates. This includes a light second coat.
step 3: attach your hangers
Attach a D-Ring on each side. Then cut the picture wire at the length that you need to hang and twist around each D-Ring.
Then to keep your crates from lunging forward at the top on the wire attach the Command Strips. Notice I have them with the pull tabs so they don’t stick out under the crate.
TIP: Be sure to follow the directions on the Command Strips and wait the amount of time it says before adding your top crate and bread. I did not heed to the directions and had to redo it.
step 4: Attach YOur bottom crate to the wall
You want to first put the nail in the wall where you plan to hang your bread storage crates. So do this while the backing papers are still on the Command Strips so you don’t accidently attach it to the wall where you don’t plan for it to go.
Now, get your level in a close and easy to reach spot from where the crate will be hung.
Now you are ready to take the backing papers off the Command Strips and carefully place the wire over the nail without letting the crate touch the wall.
Grab your level and place it on top so that you can see where the crate will be level at before pressing it against the wall.
Got it level? Great! Now press to the wall.
Remember to follow the directions on your Command Strip package and hold for the amount of time it says to hold and not add extra weight for the amount of time it says to wait.
Step 5: Add Your top bread storage crate and your bread
Now that you have patiently waited your time you can now set your top crate on top of your bottom crate and add your bread to your brand new bread storage crates!
There ya go! I would love to see your own bread storage crates. Share them with me and I may even use them in a future post featuring your creation.
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