These wooden crate decorating ideas are perfect for upgrading your home on a budget! Get DIY projects like furniture, organization, shelving, and more.
Are you looking for an inexpensive way to make a piece of furniture? How about a budget friendly project for a special place in your home? I’ve got something you’re going to be excited about, my friends: wooden crate decorating ideas.
With their rustic charm and beautiful simplicity, crates are an easy solution to any room’s need for décor. The possibilities are endless: use them as shelves or bedside tables; display books on them; paint them with bright colors or leave natural for a chic look; anything goes!
Get creative and let this blog post be your guide to decorating your stylish home. Before we jump into the ideas, I wanted to talk a little bit about crates. If you want to skip this section and see the 35 DIY projects, go ahead and scroll down.
Wood Crate Decorating
Decorating a wood crate is easy, but you might have a few questions about where to get them, how to prepare them, and what paint to use. I address all three things below.
Wooden crates are much more readily available than you might think! They’re at craft stores, although typically in limited sizes. Home Depot has them. There are also great sites like Crates & Pallet that offer them in a ton of sizes.
In addition, you’ll find they are often readily available at flea markets, produce markets (ask if they will give you any), and sometimes at natural foods stores. Keep your eyes out on your local Facebook marketplace or ask on Nextdoor as well.
Preparing Your Surface
A wood crate is exactly that – wood! Most of the time it’s unfinished. If your crate is old, you can clean it with some paper towels and water and let it dry. Basically you’re just trying to remove all the dust.
The next step would be to make sure that all the nails and/or staples are secure, and there are no major splinters coming from your crate. That includes new crates as well.
If you see any portion of your crate that is lose, use wood glue to secure it. You can also sand the surface with a medium grit sandpaper to remove any splinters or rough surface. Brush away any dust. Now paint and Mod Podge will stick nicely to the wood.
Paints to Use
You can use just about any type of paint on your crate surface, but you’re probably going to want to stick to either chalk paint, stain, or craft paint. If the wood isn’t absorbing the paint, it might be treated and you might need to sand it. Most acrylic products will work. I personally like FolkArt chalk paint and Martha Stewart multi-surface paint for my projects.
Are you ready to see the wooden crate decorating ideas? Scroll down to get the list!
This is one of my favorite wooden crate decorating ideas, because it's a piece of furniture for under $50! Tara used coupons at Michaels to get four wooden crates and then turned them into a coffee table. Bonus - it's on wheels.
The nice thing about this crate decorating idea is that it's meant to look distressed - so you don't need to be perfect in your paint or Mod Podge application! It's very easy to do and you can use it to store anything.
With only a few minutes and a few supplies, you can make your own wood crate rolling cart. The whole project took Gina 20 minutes, and she was lucky enough to find her crates at a local produce market (great idea!).
What did Christina do when challenged to use wood crates in a project? She came up with this bench decorating idea for her porch! You could use it in a covered area outside or anywhere inside (like a kids' room).
I don’t know about you, but I am always on the hunt for more storage baskets - there's never enough organization options around the house. Sara and Melissa took an unfinished wood crate and modernized it a bit for any room of the house.
This is a perfect home decor piece for an office or home schooling area, made with both large and small wooden crates as well as some pine boards. Jaime gives you the complete tutorial to make one of your own.