DIY Crate Bench

2-3 Hours

Several weeks ago, nine other bloggers and myself decided to take on a challenge. Buy crates from Michael's and create something with them. I decided on a DIY bench, which ultimately ended up as a cheerful addition to our front porch...
I purchased the crates from Michael's and the wood I'd need from Lowe's (the exact plan and dimensions are in my blog post). Then, I set about staining the boards and legs and "red-washing" the crates to allow the rustic wood characteristics to shine through. Once that was complete, it was assembly time...
We added legs to the bottom board and bolted the crates together with chunky steel bolts...
Then, we attached the crates to the top and bottom boards with wood screws....
...and what was left was a droolworthy bench that makes me swoon every time...
I love the "Industrial-Schoolhouse" feel it evokes, especially up against our brick porch...
...and that pop of color rocks my socks! The thing that I love most, though, is the versatility. Sure, it's fantastic on our porch, but it would also be awesome in a mudroom to store shoes and purses, or in a child's room for toys. The possibilities are endless!
For more details be sure to check out my blog post! :)
(P.S. The cost of this project can vary depending on Michael's coupons, type of wood used and choice of legs, so I stated a range.) :)

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


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3 of 5 questions
  • Helen
    on May 14, 2017

    Is that strong enough to use as tv entertainment stand? 50" to 60" tv?
  • Wendy Wagner
    Wendy Wagner
    on May 18, 2017

    I don't remember crates to be very strong, specially to sit on. Don't they bend or wobble some??
    • Buc133469
      on Jun 5, 2018

      I'd be concerned about sitting on it, too, with the simple crates I've purchased from Michaels. However, if they are the same crates, possibly the distribution of the weight over 3 crates may make it work....but then again, I'm no mathematician!

  • Loyce
    on Oct 29, 2018

    As someone else asked too, what is red washing - I’m not up on finishing projects, thank you.

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  • Koko
    on Aug 14, 2019

    This is a Great Idea!

    Tks for sharing ~KO~

  • Robin
    on Apr 13, 2020

    This is amazing~ I can’t wait to do this. I need a bookcase in our new house... exciting!!

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