Wood Crate Update for Craft Storage

Repurposing two nursery storage crates to work elsewhere in the home is a great way to save money and use what you already have!
wood crates before and after

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Creating a craft space that is my own, a place where I can blog, or read or create...brings me great joy! Thankfully I have a hubs who appreciates my gifts and is happy when I am!

When I shared my tips for organizing craft supplies by color, I told you that most of the items in my room were repurposed. Today's project, an updated wood crate, is just one example.

You've probably spotted these wood crates at Target. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the two I had, and they were really cute in my daughter's nursery, but they just needed an update for me to be able to use them in my craft room.


Supplies Used


I wanted to paint the inside of the crates a different color from the outside, and this little trick made it really easy to do.

I slit a kitchen trash bag down the center.

kitchen trash bags

And then I taped the straight edge all the way around the crates, including the narrow top edge.

tape bags on side of bin to protect from overspray

I took the crates out to my garage and gave the insides two coats of spray paint.

give crates an update with a painted interior

I am in looove with this beachy blue color! I've used it on other projects in my office, including my wood slice clock and the picture frame that I turned into a dry-erase memo board.

I painted the outside of the crates with two coats of the Primitive chalk paint, which is one of my favorite neutral chalk paint colors (sort of beige, sort of gray) and finished with a coat of the clear Creme Wax. If you don't enjoy buffing, this is the wax for you. It can be applied with a brush, and adds a light sheen.

You can find Americana Decor Chalk Paint at Michaels, Home Depot and other craft stores. It's a nice alternative to the pricier brands (think Annie Sloan), and I've never been disappointed with it!

If you're wondering what brand of chalk paint to try, you might enjoy this post I wrote. I, along with some blogger friends, reviewed over 10 brands and included examples of pieces painted.

Okay, back to the painted crates!

painted wood crate

I love the little pop of color on the inside!

The last step was adding a little chalkboard tag so I can see at a glance what's inside...because I'm one of those weird people where out of sight truly means out of mind!!

painted wood crate update

The two bins look great on my large bookshelf, along with all the other bins, baskets and jars that corral my crafting supplies, many of them found at Walmart! I'm much better at staying organized when everything has its place!

crates on shelf

Orderly...and pretty. That's a win in my book! If you want to see how I organized my paint supplies (by color) in a hutch I'm using in my office, you can read all about it here.

crates for storage

I'll be sharing the full reveal of my office space soon, including the awesome desk that I found! I hope you're inspired to reuse and repurpose items you may have been thinking of throwing out!

Update: you can see the office reveal post here!

Disclosure: I am proud to be a DecoArt Blogger, and as such, some of the paint supplies for this project were provided by the fabulous gals at DecoArt.

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