Monday, September 13, 2010

Wooden Wine Crate Repurposed

I finally got around to going to a liquor store and asking if they had any wooden wine crates. PAY DIRT!!! I came home with 6 of them. This was the only one that would work for the project I had in mind. This box measures approximately
16"x12"X8". If you have been thinking about repurosing a wine crate, you should not have to pay more than $5 each, and if you are really lucky you might even get them for free. I was pretty sure I wanted to keep the Cellar No. 8 logo that was on the front panel. It was also on the top along with the ink from where someone had written on the wood. It had a shipping label on it when I first brought it home. I used some rubbing alcohol to remove it and the alcohol just smeared the ink more. No worries, I was going to turn the top panel over and use the blank side. I would be losing the notched finger pull area, but I already had an idea on how to fix that.

The first thing I did was take an ice pick to the top panel. I gouged the wood in several places by dragging the pick across the wood. I wish I had done more, but this is fairly thin pine wood and I didnt want to take any chances of splitting it.
Next, I measured out the area in which I would stencil my design and got busy creating it in Sure Cuts A Lot. I cut the design in temporary vinyl, pulled away the letters and placed the negative on the wood. Deciding to work off the colors in the logo I used Engine Red and Black acrylic paints, I stenciled the words on the wood. Once that was dry, I stained the entire box (inside and out) with Minwax Red Oak Stain (it was what I had on hand). The pictures were taken after just one coat of poly. I know I have to add at least one more coat.

The top slides and I thought that little boys fingers would need an easy way to get to his treasures, so I added a handle I already had in my stash.
Now, I am on a mission to find another of the Cellar No. 8 boxes, so my other Grandson does not feel left out.

This project was totally inspired by Donna's Crate Stair Project

Thanks for stopping by and please come back again soon!

I am linking this to Metamorphosis Monday
and Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Nite Special
and Making the World Cuter
and Under the Table and Dreaming
Reposting to link to Donna's at FJI copy me challenge


  1. That turned out so nice! It's very pretty! Great Project!

  2. Kathy, I love what you have done with this. Looks fantastic! The added pull is fabulous. Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party, I have featured this here:

    Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  3. PAY DIRT? Wow, I need to try that in My area those old crates. Mel's Cabin posted for the Copy Me contest too.