DIY Shadowbox Crate Table

We love to upcycle flea market finds. So for Earth Day, we thought we'd share a fun table we made from a soda crate. It was very easy to make, especially since we left the glass cutting to the pros!
If you don't already have a soda crate, go shopping at the flea market or check out some garage sales. Don't you love a project that starts with a trip to the flea market?!
We measured the opening of our crate and ordered a quarter-inch thick piece of glass from a local glass company. Even with polished edges and cut to fit, our glass top cost less than $10! You might find something like a picture frame with the right size glass, but it's best to use quarter-inch thick glass. And polished edges mean you can easily lift the glass out to change your display!
We lined the inside with foam core and velvet. Then we added little pieces of wood to prop our glass up on.
We topped these little wood supports with rubber feet. For more details about how we did it, check out the complete how-to on our blog.
The screw-on legs came with mounting plates from the hardware store. We painted the legs red to go with the old paint on the crate.
We filled our shadowbox with vintage postcards and other little flea market finds. They just seemed to go so well with the soda crate!
Have you upcycled soda crates before? What did you make? Leave a comment. We'd love to hear more ideas for soda crates!
Cheers,
Jennifer & Kitty

Jennifer & Kitty O'Neil
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  • Jennie Lee Jennie Lee on Apr 23, 2016
    I have one of these--it's even a 7Up one! But every one I've seen has had wooden partitions inside to separate the bottles, and that's always made it harder to re-purpose the crate. Did yours never have partitions, or did you find some way of removing them? I like your finished project! It just occurred to me--you could easily run lights in through the hand-holes; or imagine some kind of toy moving in there!

  • Karen Pullen Karen Pullen on Apr 27, 2016
    I love this! Did you sand or apply any type of clear varnish to the box before repurposing? I have a Coca Cola one and would be worried about splinters. Thanks for sharing!

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