Vintage Wood Crates: Upcycled & Repurposed



I'll never forget the surprise I got when I bought my first house (which was an estate sale - we bought the house and everything in it, and spent the first two weeks going through all the stuff and cleaning it all out!) ...and in the kitchen was an old white painted pie-safe-type cabinet with various odd-sized drawers. But that wasn't the big surprise. The big surprise came when I took the first drawer out of the cabinet to empty it out and discovered that it was made from an antique fruit crate! In fact, all the drawers were. I was in love! I still have this "treasure" of a homemade cabinet and will never part with it! 

Check out what these creative folks have done with salvaged wine, beverage, and fruit crates and be inspired!
  


Vintage crate photo via





Garden shed wine crate cabinets via Martha Stewart









Crates as planters































What a pretty way to show off your home canned goods - via Country Living








Wine crate storage at JZ Cool in Melno Park photo via Design Sponge











Bookshelves made from old wine boxes by Lou Mora and Sarah Yates via Design Sponge




A similar look but in charcoal gray or black


Side table made from an old crate by modernarks via Etsy





DIY shelves and rolling storage from old wine crates by Jessica Christman




I love this little crate table from Kirin Notebook blog






Another look via Design Sponge






Perfect magazine & book storage from 79 Ideas




I adore these shelves made out of  apple crates













  What do you think?








22 comments:

  1. What do I think? I think I'm in love with your blog. The way you put these ideas together is very exciting and when I'm here I'm so happy.
    Thank you for doing what you do. Gonna go post your blog address on my FB page.

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    1. I come across crates all the time here in Nebraska, and have had some ideas, but the photos here are amazing and now my wheels are spinning. Thx :)

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  2. I think I will be looking at wood crates a bit differently...thanks!

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  3. Excellent ideas! So many that I would love to use especially the shelving ideas and the ones holding plants.

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    1. I agree that the shelves are great. I love that look!

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    2. I was given some very old wine boxes and used them as planters but have regretted it, as they haven't stood up to the weather. Now I'm emptying them out and drying them to re-use elsewhere.....

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  4. Okay, now I have 80 more things to add to Pinterest. :-) I think the crates-as-shelves are my favorites.

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  5. I really love this boxes. There are so functional! But it isn´t easy to get in Germany.

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  6. Old Wooden Crates eye candy! Love it!!!

    Tammy

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    1. Yes, they are eye candy! Great way to put it! :)

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  7. kraftylady Love. & love all wood boxes. I found an old box with a coffee brand on the sides I purchase for $5. I used as a coffee table. Placed my favorite quilt inside of box and have a peice of Glass cut for the top.

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  8. Man, I love the idea of using these wooden crates/pallets! Where do people find these materials though?

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    1. The best thing to do is ask around at shops and hardware stores and grocery stores if they have any unwanted wood pallets or wood crates. Lots of businesses give pallets away, others re-use them so be sure to ask. Older-type vintage crates are a bit harder to come by but are commonly found at larger-type flea markets.

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  9. Love your stuff! I've been using old crates and boxes for years for shelves, they are beautiful and functional, I find them hard to resist!

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  10. i've been a crate junkie for 40 years. they've traveled with me in two moves and i love them as end tables, book shelves et al.

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  11. Amazing! Where would I get these rustic style crates? Not the new ones

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  12. Where can I find..order,,wood boxes??

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