I recently came across this DIY on Wayfair using wooden crates for storage and it inspired me to add more storage to my office that was much needed.  I had 2 wooden crates that I’ve used in closets for years and  decided to paint them, attach them to create stacked storage and put them by my other drawers.

DIY Crate Shelf

What you’ll need:

  • 2 wooden crates
  • 2 cans white spray paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Sponge brush
  • 7/64″ drill bit
  • Drill
  • 4 1″ screws

The first step is to paint the crates white.  The other shelves in my office are white, so I spray painted them in the back yard on some scrap card board.  The first coat didn’t cover as much as I hoped and the more rough sides of the wood soaked the paint in without  leaving the outside white, so I used white acrylic paint to get a good foundation.  After a final coat of white spray paint, the crates were a bright white and ready to become one!

Now we need to attach the 2 crates together.  I wanted the crate on top to have the top open and the other would be open on the front.  The base of the crate is wider than the side by about an inch, so I just centered the top crate on the other and drilled 4 pilot holes diagonally down between the 2 crates.The last step is to screw the crates together through the pilot holes you drilled.  Since you did them diagonally, you wont see the screws in the bottom crate and they’ll be securely attached.

Now put the shelf in your space and fill!  I have a lot of rolls of vinyl (the scraps are in the drawers next to them) and they’ve been sitting in a closet until now. I don’t think I realized how many rolls I had in the back of the closet until I took them out to put in the crate, but now I have an inventory of them and they’re organized by material!

Adding needed storage with materials I already had on hand? No brainer.  The project didn’t take long to complete – just a coat or two of paint across a few weekends and then screwing the crates together and loading them up with craft materials. Love these “free” projects!

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