Flip a Standard Shelf Into an Industrial Crate-styled Beauty!

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3 Hours

I had just visited my son's place, noting he didn't have a place for folded clothing inside his closet. Instead, everything sat on the floor in one big heap. Hmm... I love problem solving projects, so I made a mental note to check my junk stash once I got home to see if I could create a fix.

Opening my garage door, I was met with this standard and very grubby shelf I had picked off the curb awhile back, and thought... would this suffice?

Finding it to be a perfect fit, it was time to figure out a way to make it sing...

Wait until you see how industrially cool it looks now!

PS: I want it back...

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This standard shelving is easy to find most anywhere.

The shelf was taken apart, washed down with soapy water, then lightly sanded to clean it up.

Since the shelf had a somewhat rustic appearance, I decided to stencil it up 'shipping crate style.'

Stencil source:

Shipping Crate Stamps HERE from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

With a very dry-to-the-touch paint loaded stencil brush, random images were stenciled onto the shelves in black paint so they appeared to have been made from a cut up shipping crate.

The legs of the shelves were then painted in black to off-set the crate stamps.

Can you visualize it already?!

The shelving unit was then re-assembled, then coated with a layer of hemp oil for an added layer of protection, while enhancing the wood and giving the paint more lustre.

NOW it was ready to take on the world with its new look!

Careful consideration for the stencil placement was made to ensure each crate stamp would be seen the right way up, and in places the clothing wouldn't likely cover all the time.

It sure has a cool vibe, doesn't it?!

Since I was running it to my son's place in under an hour, I quickly staged it outdoors as an entertainment side table which is equally cool! I mean, what can't it become?!

Then into the truck it went!

What a difference! This shelf now looks so industrially stylish, pretty enough to use in (my) living room!

And yes, it worked fabulous in my son's closet! Let's just hope it is actually getting covered with clothes now and then... we can hope.

How would you put this shelf to use in your own home?

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  • DN DN on Mar 16, 2020

    I cannot find this type of shelf anywhere. I know yours was found discarded. Any suggestions? BTW it is very cool 😎!

  • Sandra Sandra on Mar 22, 2020

    Very nice work!!

    I would definately put that to good use in my living room as a plant shelf!! Or a kitty play area.

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  • Bek Bek on Mar 17, 2021

    Oh, this came just in time! I'm planning to redecorate (on a seriously small budget) my office in a "world travel" theme. I can see the stencils you used finding a LOT of homes in it!

  • Marjorie Marjorie on Mar 16, 2022

    You made something that was so plain, beautiful! WOW!