DIY Décor: How to Customize a Wooden Storage Crate


Finished DIY wooden storage crate with pillows and blankets inside

On the Home Depot website (and in some stores), you can find unfinished wooden storage crates that are often handy for out-of-sight storage, like in a garage. But their unstained finish may not make them a great storage option for your living room. With a bit of stain and some cabinet pulls, however, you are able to customize a DIY wooden storage crate to give it a more finished look.

Supplies needed to build a DIY Wooden Storage Crate

For this project, you’ll need the following supplies:


Image of sticker residue left on wood

Start by removing the sticker residue from the wood using a residue cleaner, and then sand the area thoroughly.

Hammer being used to tack scrap wood to the inside of a wooden crate

Next, use a couple of small shims or scrap wood (I used cut pieces of paint stirrers) and gently tack them to the inside of the crate. Because you’ll be filling the hand hole with wood filler, you’ll want a flat, even surface on the inside of the hole to fill.

Image of wood filler layered over hand holes in wooden crate

Next, fill the hole with wood filler. I wasn’t careful on this side about getting the filler onto the surrounding wood, and unfortunately this can leave you with unevenness when you start staining later. If you want, be a bit tidier with the wood filler!

Sanding wood filler with a sanding block

Let the wood filler harden overnight, then begin sanding the side of the crate. I prefer to use a sanding block rather than a piece of sandpaper because of its hard, flat surface. The block ensures the flat crate front will be smooth. Go “through the grain,” starting with a low-grit sanding block and slowly moving up to a high-grit (fine) sanding block.

Smooth-looking area on wooden crate where wood filler was sanded

The side of your crate should look like this — smooth, with no bumps or unevenness.

Brown stain being applied to wooden crate with a staining pad

Next, begin staining! I used Minwax Jacobean stain and applied it with a staining pad.

Clean staining pad being used to wipe away excess stain

Wipe the stain onto the wood, then use a clean staining pad to wipe away any excess.

Because I was filling my crate with pillows and throw blankets, I did not stain the inside of the crate. If I had stained the inside and any stain residue remained, it would have ruined my pillows and blankets.

Pencil being used to mark where cabinet pull screws will go

Once your stain is fully dry (I suggest waiting at least a full day), mark where you’ll need to screw in your cabinet pulls.

Electric drill being used on outside of wooden crate to drill holes for the cabinet pull screws

Drill holes where you’ve marked, being sure to drill all the way through the wood filler.

Electric drill being used on inside of wooden crate to drill holes for the cabinet pull screws

You may need to drill from both sides.

Screws being inserted into holes for cabinet pulls

Next, begin screwing in the screws for the cabinet pulls with a screwdriver.

Cabinet pulls being attached to wooden crate

Finish screwing in the pulls, and you’re done!

Finished DIY wooden storage crate with pillows and blankets inside

Glitter Dipped Mason Jars

Nothing better than a “fancy” mason jar : )
Get your glitter and glue out girls because we’re making fancy jars again!

Aren’t these perfect for an engagement party? Wedding? New Years!?


I think the black one is my favorite!

Here they are in action : )

Glitter Dipped Mason Jars

What you need:

Spray Paint

Mod Podge

Paint Brush



1. Turn your jar upside down on a piece of cardboard and spray your jar.

2. Let dry for 1 hour.

3. Using a paint brush, brush some Mod Podge on the bottom portion of your jar. Then sprinkle with glitter. It’s best to do this in sections so your glue doesn’t dry. If you want to seal your glitter you can put another coat of Mod Podge over the glitter.

Notes: Be careful with these jars. Spray paint will chip if scratched and you should not get the outside of the jar wet. These are decorative jars.

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Decorating with “Junk”

Decorating With “Junk”

I just discovered a blog with amazingly unique, beautiful and jealousy-inducing ideas. Funky Junk Interiors is a blog that you need to visit and peruse through the posts. (I’m NOT getting paid to do this!!! The author of this blog doesn’t even know I exist.) Here are some of my favorites! Let’s play a game!!! Where are the big, ugly speakers in this picture? Can’t find them? That’s because they are INSIDE the lovely wooden trunk!!! Seriously! How classy to hide those speakers in something so rustic and beautiful!!! What’s missing in this picture? THE CORD to the clock, silly! Yes, she hid it using the lattice and other “junk.” Get this, it is not only cute, it’s functional. Hooks for keys, box for pens, papers, etc. Love it!!! This crazy headboard nade from an old sign may not be for everyone, but it certainly is the bomb for many!!! Think of a teenage boy or rebellious daughter. Would they not be the teen with the coolest decorated room out of all their friends? I think so!!! Maybe this would make them want to keep their room clean so everyone could see it. Your decorating dilemma is now solved. I’ve always loved how people use ladders as decor. This is one of the reasons why! So dainty, petite and lovely. May I have a used wooden step ladder, please? Why not use your old rusty canning lids to make a unique wreath? It sounds like a great idea to me. Doesn’t this make you want to build a rustic outbuilding in your yard? It does me! Old windows, flower boxes with an old gate, weathered wood, coca-cola sign, rusty tools, tin lid wreath, gorgeous dog! This has it all. Where is the spot for this baby? Have you ever thought to use an old horse gate for a coat rack? Probably not, but I bet you are rethinking that idea after seeing this. The bench over the shoes is to die for. Can I please find junk like this!!! I knew my husband was saving old tires for something! Now I know what it is! Isn’t he thoughtful to want to make me these tire plant boxes(?) for me? Yummy!Board and batten backsplash? I would know what that is unless somebody told me it was this sophisticated look. She’s is nice enough to share the secret of how to do this in your kitchen.

I think that is enough of the inspiration and beauty I can share with you from this blog about decorating with funky junk. If you weren’t inspired and in awe by that, you have a problem. Give Donna a shout out! I’m going to look for more junk for my already junky house!!!