How to make a wood crate shelf
I’ve been wanting to make a crate shelf, ever since I saw awesome ideas on Pinterest. Crates are cheap enough at Walmart, but can still add up, if you’re making a tall shelf. So I waited until I found a good deal. $5 a crate. Sold.
Next was deciding on stain or paint? I love the stained look, but my house is full of dark-stained wood. So I wanted to lighten it up a bit. I have a sea blue accent wall across from where this was going to live, so I went with that color. And, it was free.
After the painting, it was time to antique. Old is the new new. If you wanna add dimension to anything you’ve painted. Antique it.
I love them already. And there are so many ways I can stack the shelves, butI had to pick a way that was the best for the space I was filling.
Now was the time to put them together.
I started by doing what was recommended to me, drilling pilot holes and screwing in screws. That sounded just fine until one was too short, and then one got stuck. Tip, don’t touch a screw that you’ve continued to drill because surely it can’t be stuck. It is HOT LAVA hot. This is when I gave up all hope of screwing anything together.
I decided nails would offer just the right amount of support, you know, just enough, until the shelf pulls away from the wall (and the 3M velcro strips that have it attached with), allowing the crates to break apart as they fall on any of my three tiny humans. These nails are for the safety of the children, really.
So, get your arms primed and ready. You’ve got lots of nailing to do. And swearing. And sweating.
Other than the last hour I spent nailing them together, this was a fairly simple project, with minimal supplies. Crates, paint, antiquing glaze, nails (or screws, if you’d like a more sturdier shelf, and you hate your children), and 3M velcro strips (or an L-bracket, to secure to the wall).
Now go out there and start making some art.