How to Make Storage From an Antique Crate

       This is a repurposed-repurposed project. 
I love it when that happens! 

How to Make Storage From an Antique Crate.

One project with two uses! 

It all began with an antique crate for my front stoop.

You can read all about the Stenciled Christmas crate HERE.

Now that Christmas is over I wanted to use this crate for storage and not just wheel it into the garage. 

So I brought it inside and flipped it around.

DIY Storage From an Antique Crate.

Make DIY Storage From an Antique Crate.

It was just the storage I needed by the front door for blankets and maybe even all the shoes that are always laying around. 

But it needed something more... a lid. 

I had an old bunk bed rail in my basement so I repurposed it by cutting the two boards it was made from in half. 

They were the perfect length and width for the crate. 

Rustic DIY Storage From an Antique Crate.

I set out the boards to form a pallet then glued and nailed down cross boards to form a lid. 

(I later discovered that the cross boards were too wide so I had to switch them out for 2 thinner pieces of wood) 

The next step was to stencil the front of the crate since it looked a little plain. 

I used the buffalo check stencil by Old Sign Stencils to create a very rough and imperfect stencil on the front of the crate. 

Stenciled DIY Storage From an Antique Crate.

You can check out all the 

I actually did the stenciling right there in the hallway, I was not concerned with perfection on this one because the crate itself is so rustic and imperfect. 

I added hinges to the lid for easy access. 

Stenciled Storage From an Antique Crate.

This storage box can be used all year long for blankets or shoes in the entryway. 

The lid is easily removed, the box flipped around and it's back to being the Christmas Tree box on the front porch next year! 

DIY Stenciled Storage From an Antique Crate.

Repurposed DIY Stenciled Storage From an Antique Crate.

In the mean time it's the perfect place to hide the 
shoes or extra blankets and yes, you can sit on it too!

For more ideas using the buffalo check stencil
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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. I love it Susan!!!!! Nothing beats having antique, good old fashioned storage that's been repurposed and has multiple uses. That stencil is sooooooo cool ltoo.

  2. Susan, I love this! It looks so pretty! Stenciling is something I have not been able to master...but I'm not giving up! :-) Have a great one! Hugs!

  3. So easy to do and perfect for the rest of the year


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