Kitchen Island Crate Organizer

Today's project is something I've needed in my kitchen for a long time now. 

Vintage crates are good for so many things and can be embellished with a stencil to make them even more fabulous! 

Come see what I made with a bunch of vintage crates I've been holding on to for years. 

No vintage crates? I'll show you how to create the look!...

stenciled kitchen crate

I began this project with vintage crates from a friend several years ago. 

wooden vintage crates

These old crates are perfect in every way from the vintage tags to the old push pins and metal pulls. 

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vintage crates with labels

You can create this look with stained wooden crates from the craft store or dollar store and vintage labels from Graphics Fairy

These crates from Michaels would also work! 

I began by removing one of the metal pulls and using wood glue and clamps to glue 3 of the crates together the long way. 

crates glued and clamped

three crates glued together

Next, using one of my very favorite Old Sign Stencils called Shipping Crate Stamps and Coal Black Fusion Mineral Paint

OSS crate stencil and paint

I stenciled the shipping crate stencil onto the sides of my crate creation. 

If you're using newer crates this stencil will give you the rustic look of vintage crates. 

shipping crate stencil

A light coat of paint on the stencil with a semi dry stencil brush is all you need to give the look of an old stencil. 

OSS crate stencil on wooden crate

stenciled wooden crate

That's it! 

Please pin for later --->> 

rustic crate with kitchen supplies and overlay

When the paint dried I was finished! 

I filled it with soaps and scrubbers and a planter with flowers

crate with flowers and soaps

Now of course you can make your crate organizer as long as you need. 

stenciled rustic tray with soaps and flowers

But if your kitchen has a 9 foot island, like mine does, you're gonna need a large crate! 

9 foot kitchen island

As you can see, I had a smaller round tray on my island but the size just didn't cut it, I think the new one is perfect! 

round tray on countertop

This one looks and works so much better and adds a little rustic charm to my white kitchen! 

kitchen organizer overview

wooden crate organizer and kitchen

Make this with old crates or get the look with new crates, stain and a great stencil! 

sink organizer

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crate organizer with flowers and soaps

This post showcases complimentary stencils and contains affiliate links via Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils in which I earn a small percentage from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you.


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. .