Distressed wood crates are a very popular home decor items. Rustic home decor is a big trend and wood crates are a perfect accent for a rustic farmhouse style. You you can buy them at most home decorating stores for between $25-$50. However, to help you save money on home decorating I will show you how I built my own DIY distressed wood crate for less than $15.
Using simple materials that you may have laying around your house or can buy inexpensively at a hardware store, you can create a rustic distressed wood crate.
Here’s what you will need:
Materials & Tools
- 1 – 1″x4″x8′ furring strip
- 1 – 1″x6″x8′ lumber
- A nail gun with 1-1/2 nails
- Miter Saw
- Tape measure
- Wood stain of your choice. You can make your own stain too, learn how in my post: How To Repurpose a Tin Can Into a * Beautiful Wood Strip Vase.
- Chalk paint in a color you love. You can also make your own chalk paint. Learn how in my post: How to Make & Use DIY * Chalk Paint to Makeover Furniture.
- A Rag or Socks
Wood Crate Building Steps
Step One – Cut the Lumber to Size
Here is your cut list for this DIY crate:
- 2 – 1″x4″x13″
- 1 – 1″x6″x14-1/2
- 2 – 1″x4″x
Using a miter or hand saw cut the lumber. Remember to measure twice cut once. Nothing is worse than having to go buy more lumber because you didn’t measure right. Believe me I’ve been there!
Step Two – Assemble the Wood Crate
Using a nail gun, if you are looking to buy you should check out my DIY Tool Resource page for recommendations, nail the cut pieces together.
Step Three – Stain the Wood Crate
Stain the wood crate using an old rag or sock. Apply stain evenly and then wipe excess off. Let dry until surface is not tacky to the touch. Wait at least an hour.
Step Four – Chalk Paint the Sides (Optional)
This is optional because you may prefer just the stained look. However, I thought it would look nice to mix stain with chalk paint. So I painted the sides of my DIY wood crate to add color. Once the chalk paint was dry, I used sand paper to distress the edges and corners.
Step Five – No. 4 Transfer (Optional)
Because I was going for the vintage wood crate look, I transferred some text onto the sides. This can be done a number of ways, but my preferred way is the Wax Paper Transfer Method. This is an inexpensive and easy way to transfer texts or images onto almost anything.
Step Six – Style & Accessorize
The final step is to style your wood crate with fun and interesting home accessories. Get creative and use items that fit your style. In my case, I used Dollar Store vases, thrift store decorative balls, play sand, candles, and shells to create a beach inspired centerpiece for our dining room table.
Have fun with this step and don’t be afraid to play around with a couple arrangements. Tweak until it looks just right. Sometimes I will continue tweaking for a few days until I feel good about the styling. So don’t worry if this takes you a day or two.
Wood Crates are Fantastic
Wood crates are fantastic for home decorating. They have so many uses and add so much style to a room. Before buying a wood crate at a store, save yourself some money and try this DIY wood crate project. You will not be disappointed with the results.