I started the tall crate shelves with this metal cart. I’m not sure what it was used for but I liked the industrial look and it came with casters…always a bonus.

Metal Base - Before

Metal Base – Before

Old Rustic Crates - Before

Old Rustic Crates – Before


I stripped the paint off to get it down to bare metal then added barn board to the bottom shelf. The three wood crates stacked on top brought it up to a great height. Now with the casters added back on it’s ready to be wheeled away.

Tall Metal and Crate Shelves - After

Tall Metal and Crate Shelves – After

I made the long crate shelves the same as before, with the barn wood surrounding the crates but for the top I used boards from the broken and unuseable crates. Then added casters, of course.

Repurposed Crate Shelving - Top

Repurposed Crate Shelving – Top

Repurposed Crate Shelving - After

Repurposed Crate Shelving – After


Now if you like rustic and industrial you need to check out Buddy’s latest light creations. This first one he made from three vintage enamel light fixtures that he took out of a 1950’s school. He hung them from plumbing pipe to make it into one very awesome industrial light.

Vintage Enamel Barn Light and Conduit Fixture

Vintage Enamel Barn Light and Conduit Fixture

This next one reflects his Idaho cowboy roots. He hung this old single tree from a large pulley, both finds from our summer junking travels. Then he added metal arms that swivel, Edison bulbs and in the center a rustic bell that he calls a dinner bell. This light would be perfect over a barn wood dining table…might be an upcoming project.

Single Tree and Edison Bulb Fixture

Single Tree and Edison Bulb Fixture

These lights and more are now for sale at Persnickety’s.