Vintage Wood Box Upcycle

3 Materials
30 Minutes

I wanted to add a little character to this old wood crate. So I used the Roycycled trolly decoupage paper to each side. The results are amazing!

Perfect for toys, dogs toys, dog bed, little blankets or anything else you can think of. It’s fresh and a great addition to your home decor.

A quick video tutorial so you can make yours!

Plain Old vintage box

I have a thing for old wood crates or boxes. Whether it’s cheese boxes, tool boxes, or these crates. This one has very faint details on the ends but very plain on the sides. So I started with this wood crate with beautiful dove tail joints. Just a little cleaning and light sanding to start.

Mod podge

I literally poured the mod podge on the box. The box really soaks it up quick if painted on. So work quickly is key.

Add decoupage paper

Once The mod podge is spread over the box side, add a decoupage paper of your choice. This is a Roycycled paper named Trolley. The colors blended nicely. You don’t have to be picky about the edges matching since you will distress it shortly.


After adding mod podge over the papers, it was time to sand. I used 150 grit and sanded until I achieved the look I was going for. A little distress or a lot. The choice is yours. I chose to do a little more distressing to make it more authentic and rustic feeling for my decor style. After sanding I used mod podge to secure areas that may have lifted or the ends that rolled up.

Finished sanding

Amazing turnout!

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