I had this pile of crates that weren’t very pretty but all wood so, of course, worth repurposing.

Old Rustic Crates - Before

Old Rustic Crates – Before

Unfortunately, none of them were square or very sturdy so building frames, to put around them, seemed to be the best solution. After stacking and restacking several times, I came up with a couple of different configurations and took the measurements for the frames. These I built with barn board wood because it goes well with rustic crates. Stacking the crates inside the frames helped to square them out and make them sturdier. I couldn’t decide whether to paint or just clear coat so I did both. The large one got the polyurethane and the other I used a watered down paint treatment.

Large Crate Bookshelves

Large Crate Bookshelves

Small Crate Bookshelves

Small Crate Bookshelves

This left the color very muted and allowed the wood grain to show through. To finish off the tops, I used more barn wood on one and the other I did a chevron design with boards taken from an extra crate.

Large Crate Bookshelves - Top

Large Crate Bookshelves – Top

Small Crate Bookshelves - Top

Small Crate Bookshelves – Top

The last crate I made into a small bench with a padded top.

Small Bench made from Crate - Top

Small Bench made from Crate – Top

Small Bench made from Crate

Small Bench made from Crate


Then I added casters to all three pieces. I know this very rustic style is not for everyone but it did save these crates from the firewood pile.

Collection of Finished Furniture from Crates

Collection of Finished Furniture from Crates