DIY French Vegetable Crate

A fun DIY faux french vegetable crate!

wooden crate with napkin and mason jar

I've loved these baskets these for a long time!

I started out with lengths of wood for the sides that came from an old wooden CD holder I found at Goodwill.

wooden crate with chicken wire

I attached wooden shims from Home Depot between the sides.

I lined the wooden crate with chicken wire. 

wooden piece with hinge

I added legs, covered the corners with rusty hinges, and voila!

I had the French Vegetable Crate I've always wanted!

But I have to tell you that there are 2 very important secrets to this project...

wooden crate with mason jar

One was the vinegar and steel wool antiquing I did to the finished crate, and second was the solution that I used to tarnish the shiny chicken wire.

wooden crate with a mason jar

You can read all about those aging techniques by clicking the yellow links above. 

wooden crate with shells

Wooden crate filled with shells

So now I'm loving this Faux French Vegetable Crate! 

wooden crate with pinterest overlay

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collage of wooden crates

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. That is just adorable!! I love how vintage it looks! I am always into rusty! Thanks for the tip on aging it. See you soon!

  2. Love it !Thanks for the tips !Hugs,Jen

  3. First of all I love the crate...adorable! Second, I've been following your blog for some time and enjoy it so much. I am excited that we are competing together in OMTWI. You'll have me quaking in my boots 'cuz you have such creative ideas. Lisa~

  4. If I learn nothing else today I will be happy because I did not know about the vinegar and steel wool. This will be great when I have to repair something with new wood.

  5. What a great crate! I never heard of the vinegar method. Thanks for sharing!


  6. That vinegar method is new to me! Your crate looks awesome.

  7. LUV this, Susan!!!! And the tip on the vinegar and steel wool. Who knew....???? :)

    xoxo laurie

  8. Just beautiful! I'm sending this to my friend who is redecorating her kitchen in a country french style! I used the steel wool technique too -- used it to age some Home depot garden stakes that I used to make a beachy sign! It is pretty amazing, itsn't it! I love the chicken wire on your project -- really adds the finishing touch as do the hinges!

  9. I love these crates!! Stopping by from Sew Many Ways linky party and your newest follower of your blog and FB.

    This is what I posted for the party:

  10. This really did turn out well! It looks vintage and will be a perfect accent for lots of vignettes! Don't you love that concoction for "aging" wood? Visiting from CBD's party. ~ Sue

  11. Hi Susan...this looks amazing! I think it looks way better than the inspiration one ;)
    that old rusty hinge makes it perfectly imperfect....xo

  12. Great project. I pinned it on Pinterest!

  13. Love it Susan!! I SOOO admire your awesome bulding skills!!


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