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DIY Wooden Crate Shoe Rack

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I created a cool vintage-looking shoe and boot rack to tame the chaos in my entryway out of unfinished wooden crates. It was easy!
Difficulty: Easy
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I stained 6 basic unfinished wooden crates from Michael's with Dark Walnut stain by Minwax.
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After I stained the crates, I screwed them together and added casters so it would be easy to sweep underneath. I also installed 4 hooks on the side to hold our car keys.
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I distressed the wood and added a vintage French graphic from The Graphics Fairy.
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Order has been restored! Having an organized spot to put everything makes us less inclined to use the area as a dumping ground and it’s definitely a more pleasant sight when we walk in the door.
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For all the details on how I did it, please visit my blog.

To see more: http://www.livefromjulieshouse.com/diy-wooden-crate-shoe-rack/

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  • Joan
    Joan Canada

    Looks great

  • Sheryl
    Sheryl Torrington, WY

    Sooo love it. Will be making one of these very soon. Thank you for such a wonderful idea. I have pinned it.

  • Arlene S. King

    I think I would've added a shelf in the boxes on the left so you could use the space more efficiently. Great looking idea, 'though!

  • Maryjane keefe
    Maryjane keefe Sacramento, CA

    I did a similar thing 46 years ago in college. But I got the real thing from the SF Chinatown merchants who still used the old wooden boxes for produce. With the slatted type I made a book case, with some vertical and some horizontal....I used the

    • Julie Briggs
      Julie Briggs Syracuse, NY

      @Maryjane keefe - I wrote about that in my blog post - I wanted to use REAL vintage crates but couldn't find any when I ready to start to the project. A week after I finished, I found a store with a big stash for just $6 each. ARGH! So frustrating.

  • Sharon Harrison
    Sharon Harrison Licking, MO

    This is a really cute idea and useful too but it is a bit pricey for me! I know how much those wooden crates are especially at Michael's!

    • Julie Briggs
      Julie Briggs Syracuse, NY

      @Sharon Harrison - I did use a coupon, so I paid about $10 for each

  • Cbinproctor

    Fantastic! Great idea, and I also like the hook ideas to keys, maybe the dog leash, etc. really nice. Thanks!

  • JoAnn
    JoAnn Green Valley, AZ

    OMGoodness!! This is amazing! I absolutely love this. The only thing I can see that I would change, is the location of the hooks. I probably will put them on the upper crate. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! The stain is perfect!!

  • Debra McMenamin

    Love projects like this. Looks great and very practical

  • Maryjane keefe
    Maryjane keefe Sacramento, CA

    Julie, Chinatown doesn't have real wooden boxes anymore either...At the time, they were free! You did a great job, by the way!

  • Sharon Harrison
    Sharon Harrison Licking, MO

    Thanks for your reply. We don't live within 100 miles of a Michael's. Walmart has them for $9.97 all the time.

    • Pat Leibe
      Pat Leibe Green Cove Springs, FL

      Home depot carries them

  • Hotheadzmarine.williamson

    Thanks.. will have to go ..pick some up.

  • Pam
    Pam Anderson, IN

    Love this!

  • Marlene Ramirez
    Marlene Ramirez Rockford, IL

    Love this idea I wil have to do this thanks.

  • Deborah Black-harris

    Walmart has them

  • Sharon Harrison
    Sharon Harrison Licking, MO

    Thank you guys for your replies. Home Depot is also over 100miles! You guessed it! We live out in the boon docks!!

  • Diana Deiley
    Diana Deiley Nokomis, FL

    Absolutely love this. Perfect for a lot of uses. And I really like the vintage color. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

  • Starla Neely
    Starla Neely Jeffersonville, IN

    I can't wait to do this. What a lifesaver in the winter.

  • Alice
    Alice Miami, FL

    Home Depot has them tool

  • ThomasMaloney
    ThomasMaloney Australia

    I love how you managed to age the storage crates to look like they are vintage. Thanks for sharing your method!

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G. Jamaica, NY

    Cool!

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