I immediately recognized that it could be great as something---I just wasn't sure what. My first thought was planter. My first step was to cover it in marine polyureathane, a necessity no matter that the end product:
I liked the idea of planter, but i didn't really need one. But I started toying with the idea of a raised planter...but how to raise it easily, cheaply, and quickly. When I started playing with options, I realized that the crate would be a great table--the high sides meant that I can stack paper plates and plastic cups for parties without worrying about wind or clumsy guests. Thinking about guests and buffets made me think of tray tables---I happened to have some extra ones and realized that they would make terrific X-shaped bases (especially after a hit of color from spray paint left over from another project):
|Salvaged crates, spray paint, and tray tables make an outdoor buffet.|
A few accessories, and voila: a goodlooking and hardworking addition to our party patio.