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When it comes to hosting family and friends for Thanksgiving make you feel excited or stressed? Or both? Let’s face it I am always excited for family to visit for Thanksgiving, but things can be challenging with organizing the house and making sure it’s as clean and comforting as it can be.
We recently remodeled our guest bathroom, but I was still looking for ways to decorate it before I have guests for Thanksgiving. Whenever I have guests visiting I always like to have everything that they will need easily available to them. For example extra towels, washcloths, and of course toilet paper. That way my home is welcoming, inviting, and comfortable.
To store toilet paper near the toilet, I wanted to make a small apple crate that could fit on the back of the toilet. I had a pallet in my garage that would be perfect to use, however you could also pick up wood at your local Home Depot. Full directions on how to make the apple crate are below.
Preparing Your House for Thanksgiving
For a fun organization piece that is also decorative and lets my guests know where the toilet paper is, I wanted to make an apple crate to go on the back of the toilet. It was so easy to make and my husband said he enjoyed cutting all the wood.
We cut up a pallet that we have had sitting in the garage for awhile. If you do not have a pallet you can also purchase wood at Home Depot.
To start, we cut all the pieces of wood to the desired lengths: 4 – 12 inch long pieces, 4 – 6 inch long pieces, 2 – 11.5 inch long pieces, and 4 – 5.75 inch long triangles that were support boards cut at a 45˚ angle. Next, sand each piece of wood.
To assemble, we used 1 1/4 inch long brads and started with the bottom boards by nailing the triangle pieces into the corners. Then start nailing each side piece. You should put two brads into each corner piece. Work your way around the box. When you add the second row, be sure to leave a small gap between the pieces.
If you would like to stain your apple crate, I recommend using a small chip brush. This allows you to get into all the gaps. Then apply a polyurethane or top coat to your apple crate.
How do you prepare for guests for Thanksgiving?