This past weekend, my photo studio hit an all time mess.
Very typical by the way. After one shoot… it can quickly look like…
Any one of those given walls in the room can become the background, so everything else has to be shoved to the other side to make it work.
And in case you’re curious, the photo is not messed up. That stencil ladder storage rack totally warped on me.
HERE is what it looked like in better days. It did work fabulous! But…
Here’s another idea I made with ladders.
Thing is, whenever I needed the stencils out of the way for photo shoots, the stencil stand was a pain to move.
So, during the cleanup, I just couldn’t put that warped thing back. I wanted to try something new. Something with wheels perhaps… self standing, so I could wheel it right out of that corner.
I had no idea how to build a base… I thought, pallet style maybe?
Until my eyes landed on a broken crate that was bound for the burn pile.
I am honestly am pretty impressed this crazy little brainstorm worked!
How to make this old crate stencil storage trolley
What you’ll need: (contains some Amazon affiliate links below)
4 full swivel casters
closet dowel rod
cordless drill and screws
2. Flipping the base upside down, casters were screwed onto the underside of the base.
I stole the casters from this trunk ottoman. Always repurposing a repurpose here…
3. Flipping the base right side up, the crate was attached to the top of the base, using screws from inside the crate.
3. Two 2x4s were cut to the desired length, then attached to the inside of the crate, as shown.
A level was held against the boards, while screwing the 2x4s into place, to ensure they were straight.
P.S. I had to redo this part twice. The boards were slightly warped which did not help… note the tiny bracket crammed in the crate? It’s helping hold the boards straighter. 🙂
Wouldn’t this be cool in a laundry room? Yikes… I may have to make another.
A little chunk of wood already signed up from THIS junk bulletin board project, was screwed into place. Perfect fit!
You can find the MARKET stencil under Farmers’ Market HERE.
And, to take advantage of the base, it’s now used as a mini shelf, to store stencil brushes inside mason jars.
Inside the crate are rags and water containers. Everything stencil right in one place. On wheels, no less!
And here’s a little photography secret:
I have 2 of every stencil. One stays new for photography reasons, and the other I use for the actual project. Much nicer look for product shots.
Then I cleaned up the tool cabinet cart, sorted the screws by size (again), and ended up with a pretty tidy little stencil \ work corner!
That is an absolute breeze to move wherever desired. Finally!
Now to finish filling the crate stencil trolley. Guess I’d better start collecting more antique wooden hangers…
Very fun project, that can be used so many different ways! How would you use this?
Find other ways I love to ORGANIZE WITH JUNK HERE
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