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41 Of The Best Ways To Repurpose Old Wooden Crates

I love old wooden crates, whether it’s an old apple crate or a wine crate. They are a cheap and easy way to create some unique rustic looking storage for your home.
Lucky for me, I have a ready supply of old wooden crates from my Aunt. She passes on to me, all her old wine crates.

If you don’t happen to have a wine-loving Aunt, wooden crates can easily be bought. From local thrift and junk shops, or even on eBay or Ikea. These crates can be stained for that vintage look.

Old wooden crates on their own are handy storage, but they can easily be taken to another level with some simple tweaking. This can be as simple as a lick of paint and clever use of stencils.

I’ve used stencils many times before to transfer plain storage into something fun, like with my denim storage boxes.

Stenciling a crate with a sharpie

Decoupaging with paper napkins and fabric are also another easy way to dramatically change the look of the crates. However, I also think that simple stained wooden crates look great as they are in your home. Especially if you have a rustic or industrial vibe to your home styling.

Take your upcycled crates even further by adding castors to the base. This enables the storage to be easily moved from room to room.

Height can be added to the crates by adding legs. One of the easiest ways to do this is to add hairpin legs. Hairpin legs are great as they come in a variety of colors and sizes. From coffee table to console table height.

Many of these wooden wine boxes and crates can be combined to create bookcases, shelving systems, and desks.

41 Unique and Clever Old Wooden Crates Hacks

Here I’ve rounded up the most clever uses for an old wooden crate in your home. There are ideas for small and large crates and wine boxes.

Hopefully, you will find something here to inspire you. If you are looking for upcycled storage ideas then check out these denim storage ideas too.


Old wooden crate upcycles and repurposing ideas

These crate ideas were featured under the letter c in my alphabet of clever upcycle ideas.

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Monday 1st of February 2021

Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos and ideas for reusing boxes. I have a strong feeling that you can find a use for absolutely anything and at the same time, this thing will look as if it was just bought from some famous interior designer. I even find it hard to believe that all this can be done with your own hands without the help of professionals and even at home. It's just amazing. You gave me so many new ideas. Although I have always believed that you need to get rid of the old trash and not really do anything out of it. Now, looking at your work, I understand that I was wrong.

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

Thank you so much, as they say, one mans trash is another's treasure.

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Thursday 21st of January 2021

I too love the versatility of crates! Thanks for sharing so many great ideas. I have pinned this post and also selected it as one of my features for this week. Great job! #HomeMattersParty

Claire Armstrong

Friday 22nd of January 2021

Thank you so much I look forward to seeing the feature.

Jennifer Dynys

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

Wow! That's a lot of inspiration! Thank you for sharing with us at Embracing Home and Family Link party!

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 21st of January 2021

Thank you so much, there are lots of fun things to make with crates.

Tai East

Monday 18th of January 2021

I love them all, but I think 6, 12, 14, 22, 23, 25, and 33 are my favorites! Thanks so much for sharing such awesome and creative ideas!

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Thank you, they are all great but I agree with you about lots of your choices. Especially the large coffee table no.12, they have that same table in my local coffee shop.

Karen Mary

Friday 15th of January 2021

Wow! That's a lot of creative ideas! I especially like the pet bed and the rolling book storage! Thanks for the inspiration!

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 16th of January 2021

Thank you, there are so many things you can make from old crates.