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In this post: Make this DIY vintage industrial crate from a craft store crate, some paint and stain and a piano hinge!

You know those raw softwood crates that you can buy at the craft store? They seem to be a good size for storing things on a shelf. Or even just for using in a pretty vignette. And there are probably a million and one ways to finish them. Well, I took one of those, a piano hinge we had hanging around and a little paint and turned it into a Vintage Industrial Crate!

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DIY Vintage Industrial Crate From a Craft Store Crate



raw softwood craft crate


1. Give the crate a light sanding if necessary, inside and out. Then using a lint free rag, wipe on the dark walnut stain. Let sit for 5 minutes and wipe off excess with another portion of the lint free rag. Let dry according to instructions on stain container.

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to stain wood, check out this post.  

2. Cut piano hinge with a hacksaw to desired lengths.

3. Using a hot glue gun, attach cut piano hinge to each corner of the crate. You could also use simple metal brackets or flat metal pieces found at your local hardware store in place of the piano hinge.

4. Place stencil (I used a portion of one of Fusion’s new stencils) where desired on crate. Dab foam brush in black craft paint, then onto a folded paper towel to remove excess. Carefully dab foam brush over stencil. Remove stencil and let paint dry.

stenciling a crate

stenciled crate

I’m sure there are many more ideas out there for these adorable softwood crates. But this is a fun one too, yes?

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