Crate Storage Unit

6 Materials
2 Hours

If you're in need of storage but don't want to go out and buy a cheap, plastic cabinet or drop a bunch of money on a nice storage cabinet, here is a great solution! This crate storage unit is both functional and a piece of unique, rustic decor. I love the way it turned out!
For this project, I used 3 wooden crates, 3 wire baskets, danish oil, wood stain, wood glue, and some screws.
STEP 1: Cover Your Crates in Danish Oil The first thing you'll want to do for this project is apply a thick coat of Danish oil to your crates with a sponge brush. I originally tried with a paint brush, and I liked the way the sponge brush moved the oil better, so I switched.

Once you apply all sides of your crates with the oil, you'll want to wipe the oil off with a clean rag.
STEP 2: Glue Your Crates Together Once the oil is dry, apply wood glue to ONE END of TWO of your crates, using a wooden stick. You will be pressing your crates together, so try not to use too much wood, or you'll end up with a gloppy mess.
Next, stack your crates on top of each other. I had some clamps handy so I clamped my crates together to hold them in place while I did the next step. If you don't have clamps, you might want to connect one crate at a time.
STEP 3: Screw Your Crates Together While your crates are stacked, drill screws on the bottom of each crate (except the very bottom one, of course). *Note: when you see the crates stacked, you'll want to drill the screws on the bottom (underneath) side so you can't see the screws.
*FAIL ALERT! You don't want to have your screw go completely in until the drill stops, because you'll experience cracking like this! You need only to drill the screw until it is flush with the crate, and no more.
Here is how the bottoms of your crates should look from underneath. Check out those perfectly flush screws!
STEP 4: Clean off Excess Glue Next, take a rag and wipe off any wood glue that seeped through between the crates. You'll want to get rid of it before it dries, or it could ruin the clean, finished look of your organizer.
STEP 5: Stain Your Crates The next step is optional. I fell in love with the copper-colored wire baskets I picked up from JoAnn's but once I put the Danish oil on the crates, I wasn't happy with the way the wood color looked with the baskets. I decided to try an experiment and applied weathered gray wood stain over the Danish oil (once the oil had dried).
I applied the stain with a rag...
...then wiped it off with another rag.
Gorgeous, right? And you haven't even seen how easy this is to do, yet. Let's just say your cluttered entryway is about to be very grateful.
I'm so very happy with how this storage unit came out! I live in a small, two bedroom house so extra storage space is always helpful. I hope you enjoy it too!

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  • Rosetta
    on Jun 29, 2018

    Contractor put a blue stain on our deck when we were not home. We don’t like it. How can we cover it with a stain ? Or with paint? It’s the deck for a new hot tub

    • Angela Line McGrew
      on Jul 6, 2018

      Tell him you don't like it that color and you want it changed... is what I'd do you paid for it to be done right...

  • Rkafer
    on Jul 1, 2018

    Awesome project, I never would have thought of attaching it to the wall, that’s a great idea! I made something similar when we couldn’t find a nightstand the right height for my daughters bed only had stacked them horizontally, and tied them together with a rope.string in a pattern of sorts. I did have to go back at them twice to sand them smooth as the crates come rough, yours look smoother, may I ask where you got them?

  • Lorill Armstrong
    on Jul 3, 2018

    what size screws did u use?

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  • Linda Abate
    on Sep 1, 2018

    WOW, what a great way to store just about anything. I can see this being used inside a pantry cabinet or a laundry room, etc. Great thing about this unit is that you can paint it to match the rest of the decor or stain it. One could also add feet to it and use it in a corner, etc. Love your idea.

  • Brenda
    on Nov 16, 2018

    What a great idea! If I may offer one small bit of advice on how to avoid cracking the wood when screwing them together...predrill the wood where the screws will be attached. I love this idea and will definitely be copying it. Thank you!

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