I’ve been unhappy with the wasted space in my small pantry for years now, and a pantry remodel isn’t in my budget, so I decided to do some research, and I found this idea on Pinterest. Today, I’m sharing how to make a DIY rolling wood crate that you can use on the pantry floor for organization and storage. And after making it, I discovered another purpose for it. I can’t wait to show you that too!
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How To Utilize Pantry Floor Storage With Rolling Wood Crates
Because I live in a small town, I frequent Walmart… a lot! It’s all we have without driving 45 to the city, and these are just the right size for the pantry floor under my shelving. Oh, and be sure to measure your space before shopping for wood crates. Yep, I made 2 trips to Walmart that day.
I also love the idea that these are unfinished wood. It’s a blank slate, and you can customize the look to match your kitchen decor.
Don’t judge my lack of organization. Somedays, the groceries are just lucky to make it on the shelf.
Before Staining Or Painting The Wood Crates
These wood crates are super sturdy and also a bit rough. It’s a good idea to sand them with a 220 grit sanding pad before you finish them out and use them for storage in your pantry.
Finishing The Wood Crate
To finish my rolling wood crates, I used a gel stain called Picklin’ White, but you can paint them as well. Normally I would wipe on the gel stain with a staining pad, but instead, I used a disposable chip brush to apply it to the unfinished wood. This made it easier to get between the slates.
Next, I wiped the picklin’ white gel stain back with a soft cotton cloth to remove any excess. Super simple and quick. The gel stain has a strong odor so if you’re doing this indoors, make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area. And don’t forget to wear your gloves.
After staining the wood crate, I placed them outside in a sunny area to dry. This can take anywhere from a few hours to overnight, and they’re ready to go. There’s no need to apply a top coat with this gel stain. One and done!
Adding Wheels To The Wood Crates
THIS is what makes these DIY wooden rolling crates so amazing! I added these tiny swivel rollers to the bottom of each crate. It doesn’t add a lot of height to the crates, which is good since I plan on using them on my pantry floor under the bottom shelf.
After adding the rollers to the wood crate, you won’t need to do anything else. They are ready to use, but if you happen to have some cute hardware laying around (these were leftover from my recent hardware update on my cabinets), and you want handles or pulls, add them. This cabinet pull matches the modern farmhouse look in my kitchen too. L-O-V-E
Rolling Wood Crates For Your Pantry Floor & MORE!
Here’s The MORE!
And wouldn’t you know it, these were just too DANG CUTE for my pantry floor! One of the rolling wood crates ended up on my countertop filled with veggies. Oh my goodness, I have to get more of these in different sizes.
And those pulls match my cabinets!!! EEEEK! This is my favorite DIY of 2021… so far.
Like this DIY project? I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a comment below and let me know what you would use these wooden crates for.
Until the next project… xo, Do