DIY Reclaimed Wood Crate

Hi lovely people! It’s time for my Tool Girl Crew and I to break out the power tools and build something! This month’s challenge is to make something out of wood for Fall. My first thought was a sign, but then I decided I needed something for entry way table to add a little something there for Fall.

Here is what I started with:

Before

A 1X6 and a cheap fence picket, both from my curbside fence picket score, and a spindle I salvaged from this weird half chair I found at a thrift store forever ago:

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I finally gave up on coming up with an idea for it and just cut the spindles off  the back of it and called it a day.

Today they found their calling!

Wood crate made from discarded fencing and an old chair spindle. See how easy it is to make here! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

This little crate turned out so cute. I call it a crate because of the bottom…

Wood crate made from discarded fencing and an old chair spindle. See how easy it is to make here! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The sides are made from the 1X6 and the bottom is made from the cheap fencing.

Wood crate made from discarded fencing and an old chair spindle. See how easy it is to make here! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Wood crate made from discarded fencing and an old chair spindle. See how easy it is to make here! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Here’s a pictorial of how this came together:

Wood crate made from discarded fencing and an old chair spindle. See how easy it is to make here! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

  1. Cut the pieces as shown. I used my table saw and miter saw, but you could easily use a jig saw to cut your pieces as well.
  2. Sand surfaces smooth.
  3. Paint. I used Rustoleum’s Eden and Satin White.
  4. Build the sides. I added a bit of wood glue first, then used my nail gun, but regular nails and a hammer work great too.
  5. Add the bottom pieces. I used the cheap fencing for this part. This is how they looked after lightly sanding.
  6. Add handle last, so you can cut it to fit perfectly.

I also decided to age the surfaces a bit to match the handles that were already that way. I used a bit of stain in Dark Walnut and just wiped it on in small sections and wiped it right back off. I also stained what you could see of the pieces on the bottom, outside. I left the inside as is.

Wood crate made from discarded fencing and an old chair spindle. See how easy it is to make here! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The white mini-pumpkins came from Homegoods, but started out orange…

Painting Pumpkins

A little paint in Heirloom white and a spritz of Stone paint for texture (optional) quickly transform them.

Wood crate made from discarded fencing and an old chair spindle. See how easy it is to make here! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

You probably realized by now that I made a green one too!

Wood crate made from discarded fencing and an old chair spindle. See how easy it is to make here! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Wood crate made from discarded fencing and an old chair spindle. See how easy it is to make here! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Think I prefer the white though…

Wood crate made from discarded fencing and an old chair spindle. See how easy it is to make here! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

My friends have been building fun things for Fall too! Visit the links below to see them all. 🙂

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And thanks for all the sweet Birthday wishes on Tuesday!! I also announced my next big DIY project. See it HERE if you missed it. 🙂

UPDATE: After sitting in my booth for several months, the green one got a whole new look, AND sold almost right away! Check it out HERE.

Have a great day!

XO,

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Comments

  1. You kill me with each of your posts… I ‘ve notices that you program them to be on line at 12.00 am ( Spanish Time ) so, I take my break to see the new one¡¡ hahaha.
    This new project is Incredible… I rest without words from the last one . Super cute ( I love the white one, SEND ME ¡¡¡)

    CONGRATS¡¡ XOXO

  2. Can’t go wrong with a wood tote!! Such a fun project and perfect for a fall display. 🙂

  3. Shirley Dunn (England). says:

    Love it! You see a few pieces of wood & knew you could make this beauty! Amazing! Also love the white pumpkins.

  4. The crate is so cute. I don’t have a table saw, do you think a circular saw wiĺl work?

  5. Gosh, these are adorable Christy!!! I love your mind. 🙂 I may have to try this.

  6. I agree with everyone else!! You are incredible. Love the crate!!!

  7. Oh my heck…you always come up with the best stuff! I am totally loving this one for sure. I might have to break out some power tools this weekend!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. LOVE. THESE!

    Plus if you ever want to change colors after a few years, they’re easy to paint and a little distressing can let the original peek through too. I’ve got some picket fence slats in the garage and I think I know their purpose now! Thank you!!

  9. Super as always! I love both the colors… You have crazy vision to use an old chair for this..and I love the chair rung for the handle!

  10. Love it! I thought “how is she going to use that spindle?” SO obvious now. That’s why you give us slow thinkers good ideas. Thanks!

  11. I love these little crates, and especially the colors you chose! So fabulous!

  12. how gorgeous!! i can never have more crates, and these are next!! love how you repurpose those chair parts too! <3

  13. I love this and there are so many uses for it. You are so creative and talented.

  14. Fabulous reuse of old chair spindles Christy! I like the white and the green crate equally. The painted pumpkins are adorable.

  15. Love it!
    Debbie

  16. Thanks for a cute gift idea. As always another great easy peasy project!!

  17. Linda Petersen says:

    These crates are just too cute! Love the white but the green is really nice as well. I love how you spritz the tops of the pumpkins for texture. I’m sorry but I have to “borrow” that tip from now on! 🙂
    XOXO

  18. Love!!! You were so smart to think to use a piece of that chair for the handle. Every single time I see one of your projects I want to make it!

  19. Your crates are to die for. Those handles from the chair are the PERFECT touch! Love that extra detail. Beautiful job.

  20. I love how your crates turned out! Practical and pretty. Fabulous idea to use a chair legs as handles.

  21. I just love this project! So adorable

  22. This is great! I may reproduce this for my fall front porch. Thanks for sharing.

  23. I love this project! And you make it look so easy. I really do have to learn to use a hammer and saw! I would love to have you share with us at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. We go live at 8:00 pm CST every Wednesday evening!

  24. I love this, so much. Thank you!