TV stands, in my experience, are two things: 1) weirdly expensive, and 2) unnecessarily ugly. But with a little elbow grease and a little cash (about $50 max), an old wine crate can be transformed into a rustic-chic TV table that’s perfectly suited to the space constraints of a postage stamp-sized NYC apartment. Thanks to the handy wheels, it’ll follow you over to the couch when America’s Next Top Model is on…and if you don’t like having your TV as the focal point of your living room, you can just push it back against the wall once Tyra has sent the latest girl packing.

All you need for your DIY Wine Crate TV Table:

1. An old wine crate (try to beg one from your local vintner, or buy one from Trailer Park Slope)
2. 4 castors and bolts (can be purchased at your local hardware store)
3. Drill, screwdriver, and adjustable wrench
4. Optional: A small container of muriatic acid (again, can be found at your local hardware store)

What to do? It couldn’t be easier. If you want an extra-weathered look, apply the muriatic acid to the castors. Then all you have to do is drill holes and screw on the wheels…and you’re done! You can stain or paint the wood if you like, but I prefer the simplicity of the bare crate.

Jordan Reid can also be found blogging at Ramshackle Glam