I think I could use this idea on the left wall as you come in the front door. Paint the crates a combo of colors like the the colors on the walls in the parlor and living room, with orange and aqua (the laid back beach shade).
I love repurposing old furniture. There are some great ideas here...like the planters, the small drawer used to hold the jars and the bench. But some of them are not my taste - but they could appeal to someone else!