How to Decorate a Wooden Storage Crate

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There's a variety of furniture feet you can use.

A handy set of 4 can be seen here.

They are supplied unfinished ready for painting.

This set comes with the right-size drill bit and includes easily-fitted inserts to make a solid fix.


How to Decorate a Wooden Storage CrateThis post shows you how to decorate an 18" x 12.5" x 9.5" wooden storage crate that you can keep as a handy holdall by the side of your chair. It's portable as it has slotted carry handles in the ends, so you don't need to stress the feet by pushing it around.

If moving it around is important to you, there would be no challenge in fitting small furniture casters in place of the bun feet.

You will see how to embellish a plain timber case with parts, colors and designs in a straightforward fashion that doesn't presume any special skills on your part. You only need basic tools to do a fine job.

This newly gained knowledge will whet your appetite, perhaps, to try a more demanding project which will develop your know-how even more. For now, completion of this job to your satisfaction will grow your confidence in tackling similar undertaking - practice does make perfect.

Avoid storing heavy items in the box as it is made from light pine. It's suited best to keeping your lightweight stuff like newspapers, magazines, cushions, wool etc nice and tidy. It would be perfect for storing all sorts of arts and crafts materials. They would be close to hand whenever you needed them.

For heavier stuff like vinyl records or books, there are stronger containers available online. And they in turn could be jollied up with your new-found abilities.


Supplies Needed

Pine Wooden Crate

Stencil Ease Repositionable Stencil Spray Adhesive

Dust sheet to keep floor free from any spillages

Bun Feet

Drill bit and drill

Small tub of white wood glue - optional.

Sandpaper - optional to remove any overly rough patches on the crate.

Brush for painting crate - you can use spray paint as well.

Paint for crate - use water-based paints to reduce smell and toxins. Your choice of color and texture.

Stencil - patterns to your choice

Brush for stencil - use a proper stencil brush that has short, stiff bristles.

Stencil adhesive spray

Paint for stencil - again, water based type is best for this job. Color and texture is yours to pick.


Step by Step Instructions

Position crate upside down for drilling position.

Line up the feet to make sure they don't overhang the edges of the crate. Make sure to do this before drilling the holes.

Once aligned, drill a hole in each corner and screw in the feet. If you wish, you can add a dab of wood glue to prevent the feet from rotating over time.

Depending on how smooth a paint job you want, before starting check over the surfaces for rough patches. Use sandpaper or a sander to even out any coarse area then clean off any residual dust.

Paint the crate on all sides, inside and out, and allow to dry thoroughly.

Take the stencil and spray with the special adhesive then stick it to the side of the crate wherever you want the patterns to show.

Brush on the stencil paint with a dry brush. Use up and down strokes softly with the specialist brush - this helps prevent the paint bleeding under the stencil. To support that make sure the stencil is glued around the cut-outs to avoid the stencil "lifting".

Remove the pattern slowly and allow the motifs to dry out.

If you intend to use the stencil on other faces of the crate make sure the template is completely clean before you start afresh. Warm, soapy water will do nicely. You can also use a chemical cleaner.



There you have it - a serviceable piece of furniture with a personalized finish that's all your own work. Something you can be quietly proud of or, hey, maybe even bragging rights over your visitors!

I'ts a simple job that doesn't involve many materials and can be done reasonably cheaply. You might have materials to hand that will reduce your outlay. You don't have to have any special skills to make it and it can be finished in a reasonably short time even allowing for the paint to dry.

If you're an arty type, it wouldn't be too difficult to make your own patterns to use as a stencil - a sheet of stiff card with cut-outs will work as well as any bought stencil.

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