And, unless you have spent a fortune on one of those beautiful wood crates, your crates are probably pretty unattractive just like mine. And, if you're like me and have two of those unattractive crates crowded into your bedroom and use one as your nightstand, you're probably pretty unhappy about how unattractive they really are.
Well, I have a solution for you: Art.
No, not artwork--Art. As in the male, furniture-making half of Old Colony Primitives.
I told Art my dilemma, gave him some dimensions and a general idea of what I was after and look what he made for me:
Lovely, pine crate toppers!
Pretty and functional tops for the unattractive but functional crates our girls sleep in
Please ignore my only partially made bed. (I heard on the news recently that not making one's bed may provide some relief for people with allergies. Evidently, the mites that none of us want to think about but all of us have to one degree or another, don't do well in crumpled, unmade beds. It's true! You can read about it here. When I lived in Italy many years ago, I learned to always fold bed linens back toward the foot of the bed to allow the bed to "air" during the day. Those Italian friends of mine were pretty smart, and they sure could cook!)
So, anyway, back to the crate toppers. Aren't they pretty? Would the little antique child's roll top desk that I used to use as a night stand be prettier? Yes, but as long as we need crates because Glenn says no dogs on the bed*, I'm sure glad Art created this pretty solution for me.
* Actually, even if Glenn suddenly decided it was OK to have the girls sleep with us, I probably would keep them sleeping in crates at night. I've read things here and there about crate sleeping being a good thing. But, it's probably like just about everything --whatever works for YOU is the best thing.