DIY Wooden Crate Shoe Rack

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!
I stained 6 basic unfinished wooden crates from Michael's with Dark Walnut stain by Minwax.
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.
I distressed the wood and added a vintage French graphic from The Graphics Fairy.
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.
For all the details on how I did it, please visit my blog.

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  • Laura Siebrecht
    on Apr 11, 2017

    How did you keep the screws from showing, did you apply any wood glue. I am fixing to build this but my crates are two different sizes and smaller than yours. I plan on making one the size of yours but will start with a smaller one first
  • Marivan
    on Aug 18, 2018

    I, too, want to know how you hid the screws....

  • DKW
    on Aug 18, 2018

    What was the cost and the time required to do this project?

    • Cathie Sprouse
      on Aug 18, 2018

      I found the crates at WalMart for $10 each. I looked at several but the ones at WalMart had corner supports that made it sturdier. They were also the lowest price. You'll need wood screws that are 1 1/2 inches. The size depends on the width of the wood used for the crates. I used 4 for each crate and screwed them together from the inside so they didn't show. Since I was using mine for a fish tank I also added corner braces on the back and 2 pieces of wood on top and bottom for added stability. How much it costs depends primarily on how many crates you choose to use. I put mine together in 2 hours using a drill with a screwdriver bit.

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  • Wat21027051
    on Aug 20, 2018

    Love this!! Moving and losing built-in shelving, so this solves my problem. Thank you for sharing!!


  • Coo33031253
    on Aug 20, 2018

    amazing idea.Thanks for sharing

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