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Wood Crate Bookcase

I am obsessed with getting my home organized. It has been my mission to make sure everything in my house has its designated place. I wanted to find creative and stylish ways to store toys, books, and other items. That’s why I was so excited to find some wood crates on sale. When I bought them, I knew I wanted to make a bookcase I could place in my living room and that would serve as another storage space for my son’s toys.

Supplies I used:

  • 3 Wood Crates (bought at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store)
  • Hammer
  • About 12-15 Common Round Nails (sizes 5/8″ and 1″)
  • Fine Grit Sand Paper (optional)
  • Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue
  • Coffee Grounds Wood Stain (I will explain later in the post)
  • Mod Podge (gloss)

I started by sanding parts of the crates because they had rough spots and splinters. Most of the assembled crates you buy at stores are ready to paint, but some need extra help to smooth the surfaces.DSCF5278 (2)

Under my list of supplies, I stated that I used coffee grounds to stain the wood. It’s a very natural way to add color to wood without using harsh chemicals. The older I get, the more sensitive my skin and nose becomes to a lot of chemicals and fumes, so I was happy to find alternative stains.

I mixed together about 1 1/2 cups of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds (doesn’t matter what kind), and steel wool inside a jar. I sealed it and let it sit for about 24 hours. The stain came out a dark brown color. The more coats you put on the wood, the darker it will become.

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I made sure to cover my work area and put on some plastic gloves because the stain mixture is wet and messy. Then, I rubbed two coats of the stain on the wood crates (let it dry about 2 hours between each coat).

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This is what the crates look like after the stain dries. Such a nice brown color. There were some dried coffee grounds left on the wood, but all I had to do was wipe them off with a towel.

Next, I sealed the wood crates with Mod Podge.

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Finally, I glued and nailed the crates together.

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I love the way this project turned out. The best part was my 4-year-old son trying to help me nail the crates together. He was so excited to touch a real hammer. I’m happy that he got the opportunity to see his mom using tools, and it was an awesome lesson for him to begin learning how to build and make things.

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Chevron Wood Crate

I completed this easy project in just a couple of hours. I love working with wood crates because there are so many ways to decorate them and use them in my house. I found this white wash wood crate at Joann Fabrics and Crafts:

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I was so happy with this crate because it was already an excellent color, and I bought it at 40% off with a coupon!

I’m going with a gray and yellow theme in my living room, so I painted parts of the crate with gray chalk paint.

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I let the paint dry for about two hours. Then, I decorated the crate with marigold chevron washi tape.


Here is the finished crate:

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DIY Rolling Storage Crate

My family of three lives in a townhouse, so I try to keep our small space as organized as possible. We spend a lot of time in the living room, and I wanted to make something that would help keep some of the books, magazines, and toys off the floor. I saw a few rolling crates online that I loved but couldn’t afford to buy, so I decided to make one of my own.

I used the following supplies:

  • 12″ x 9.75″ x 18″ unfinished wood crate
  • 4 caster wheels
  • 16 small screws
  • wood glue
  • 8.5″ wood letter
  • Rust-Oleum Hammered Spray Paint (Gold)
  • Drill


I started off by spray painting the crate and letter.

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I waited a few hours for the letter and crate to dry, then I glued the letter onto the crate with wood glue.


I asked my husband to drill the screws and wheels because he is much better at using power tools than I am.

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Here is the finished crate:






***Crate bought at Michaels with coupon, Letter and Spray Paint bought at Walmart, Wheels bought at