If they’re solid wood, I snag them up and rip the “frill-y” parts off with my table saw. (I didn’t take a before pic…but the top was all cut out like lace)
Rope works awesome for handles. Just drill holes in the sides and tie the rope as shown above.
After sanding the wood a bit I used an MDF board ‘&’ from the craft store and used it as a reverse stencil by spray painting around it. Ebony stain is my favorite lately and a little went a long way with an inexpensive paint brush & using light feather strokes following the grain of the wood.
The inside is the original stain. The edges where the saw cut the scalloped trim off took the stain darker and I like the contrast.
With two kids and a dog – baskets and bins help keep clutter out of sight. Branches are shown here but toys, craft supplies or winter mittens could be stored in there, too.
Un-clutter and Up-cycle….
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