Wine crates are a popular starting point for DIY projects, and with good reason. They are made of solid wood, have clean lines and are inexpensive.
I have had little luck finding them for free, but most local wine shops will let you buy them for a nominal fee. This project was my boyfriend's invention and fits in well with his sparse, industrial style. Or as he calls it, "hobo chic."
This is how he made it:
He started out with a found wine crate that was about 5" deep and attached it to the wall with screws into drywall anchors at the four corners. In order to create the shelving inside he took a mini crate (another find off the street) and screwed it directly into the first crate.
The crates replaced the existing dark, bulky wall-mounted cabinet, opening up the space and blending well with his aesthetic.
Images: Kim Lucian