How To Make Simple Decorative Shelves With Wooden Crates

Easy DIY Decorative Shelves
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I’ve had these wooden crates that I picked up at an auction for $1. I had no clue what I was going to do with them but I was pretty sure something would come up. For $1 I couldn’t pass that up! It didn’t dawn on me until I started looking for decorative shelves for a small space I wanted to decorate that these would make perfect shelving modules. And I was right! This kind of repurpose rates a 10 on my top easiest DIY projects list. It was ridiculously easy.

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DIY Simple Decorative Shelves

The simplest DIY project ever! I made these decorative shelves from old wooden crates.

A few weeks ago I decided that the office that Mr. Honey Do and I shared was getting a tad bit tight. And it didn’t help that I was always trying to redecorate HIS space. He’s NOT a fan of my decor! Basically I got kicked out. HA!

I have a large room above my Furniture Studio that has never been used to its full potential. I planned on using it for storage when we built it, but the stairs changed my mind really quickly. Those stairs needed to lead to something special.

So, the process of transforming it has begun. A guest room/temporary office (until guests arrive) always needs decorative shelves, right? We creatives are inspired by pretty things, therefore I MUST have a pretty space to work in. *cheesy grin*

All the supplies that you will need to complete these simple decorative shelves.

Before staining the wood, I filled all the holes with wood filler and allowed it to dry. If you don’t have holes, skip this step. Then I sanded the whole box with my Orbital Sander with a 220 grit sandpaper. Be sure to wipe all the dust off before staining using a damp paper towel. Quick and simple.

Staining The Wood On Decorative Shelves

I LOVE a dark stain on wood and this color will really pop when I add my lighter color decor in them. With the cheesecloth, (or soft cloth) apply the water-based Dark Walnut Stain to the wood and allowed it to dry. This should dry pretty quickly.  But, not all stains are water-based like this one.  Because I chose a water-based topcoat, no worries.

You know what “THEY,” say… oil and water don’t mix. The general rule is water on water and oil on oil when your refinishing wood surfaces. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule and I have found that using a water-based topcoat over an oil-based product is okay as long as you give amply dry time for the stain. So if you’re using an oil-based stain, just allow it extra time to dry before applying a water-based topcoat.

Sealing The Wood After Staining

I use Minwax polycrylic over water based stains to seal the wood.Minwax Polycrylic topcoat is my go-to on an easy DIY project like this one. I simply applied one coat to the decorative shelves with a “disposable” chip brush. Seriously, these brushes are a one time use for me. I hate cleaning brushes.

After the shelves had dried, they were ready to be hung. I used a heavy-duty picture hanger and screwed them to the back of the decorative shelves for hanging on the wall.

I applied a thin coat of the polycrylic to seal the water based stain on my decorative shelves.

Fill With Your Favorite Farmhouse Decor

Vintage wooden crates make great decorative shelves for any space.

Thanks for joining me today for this simple budget-friendly projects using wood crates as decorative shelves. They’re perfect for my small space and hold some of my most priceless memories. They turned out super cute and I couldn’t be happier! Please feel free to comment with your thoughts on this project below. I get the warm fuzzies and it really makes my day to hear from others with similar ideas.

Until the next project… xo, Do

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How To Make Simple Decorative Shelves With Wooden Crates