I thought it would be fun to make a bookcase for my daughter's room, out of old crates. However, when I started searching on-line, I realized very quickly that they are very expensive. So, I was browsing through my favorite blog sites, and came across a fabulous idea from Erika at Retropolitanhip (http://retropolitanhip.blogspot.com/2010/10/cratesmy-new-love-and-tutorial_19.html). She provided a step-by-step tutorial on how to make crates look vintage-like at a fraction of the cost.
I first went to A.C.Moore and bought 6 inexpensive wooden crates. If you print off a coupon at ACMoore.Com you can get 40% off one item. If you buy one at a time or bring lots of people with you, you can buy these crates for $6.00/piece. Once I had all six, I sanded them all down with my palm sander and starting staining them. For stain, I used Miniwax Wood Stain in DarkWalnut. I applied the stain with a rag as I felt like I had better control over how much I was putting on, as opposed to a paint brush. Then I wiped off the excess. Warning, these crates soak up the stain very quickly.
I decided to stack the crates in a way that would compliment a 5-year-old little girls' room. I didn't even attach the crates together, that way I can reconfigure the bookcase at any time, or when my daughter feels the bookcase is a little too girly.