This is so simple and brilliant at the same time

If you’re in need of storage but don’t want to go out and buy a cheap, plastic cabinet or drop a bunch of money on a nice storage cabinet, here is a great solution! This crate storage unit is both functional and a piece of unique, rustic decor. I love the way it turned out!

Time: 2 Hours Cost: $60 Difficulty: Easy

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For this project, I used 3 wooden crates, 3 wire baskets, danish oil, wood stain, wood glue, and some screws.

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STEP 1: Cover Your Crates in Danish Oil The first thing you’ll want to do for this project is apply a thick coat of Danish oil to your crates with a sponge brush. I originally tried with a paint brush, and I liked the way the sponge brush moved the oil better, so I switched.

STEP 1: Cover Your Crates in Danish Oil The first thing you’ll want to do for this project is apply a thick coat of Danish oil to your crates with a sponge brush. I originally tried with a paint brush, and I liked the way the sponge brush moved the oil better, so I switched.

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Once you apply all sides of your crates with the oil, you’ll want to wipe the oil off with a clean rag.

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STEP 2: Glue Your Crates Together Once the oil is dry, apply wood glue to ONE END of TWO of your crates, using a wooden stick. You will be pressing your crates together, so try not to use too much wood, or you’ll end up with a gloppy mess.

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Next, stack your crates on top of each other. I had some clamps handy so I clamped my crates together to hold them in place while I did the next step. If you don’t have clamps, you might want to connect one crate at a time.

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STEP 3: Screw Your Crates Together While your crates are stacked, drill screws on the bottom of each crate (except the very bottom one, of course). *Note: when you see the crates stacked, you’ll want to drill the screws on the bottom (underneath) side so you can’t see the screws.

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*FAIL ALERT! You don’t want to have your screw go completely in until the drill stops, because you’ll experience cracking like this! You need only to drill the screw until it is flush with the crate, and no more.

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Here is how the bottoms of your crates should look from underneath. Check out those perfectly flush screws!

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STEP 4: Clean off Excess Glue Next, take a rag and wipe off any wood glue that seeped through between the crates. You’ll want to get rid of it before it dries, or it could ruin the clean, finished look of your organizer.

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STEP 5: Stain Your Crates The next step is optional. I fell in love with the copper-colored wire baskets I picked up from JoAnn’s but once I put the Danish oil on the crates, I wasn’t happy with the way the wood color looked with the baskets. I decided to try an experiment and applied weathered gray wood stain over the Danish oil (once the oil had dried).

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I applied the stain with a rag…

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…then wiped it off with another rag.

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Gorgeous, right? And you haven’t even seen how easy this is to do, yet. Let’s just say your cluttered entryway is about to be very grateful.

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I’m so very happy with how this storage unit came out! I live in a small, two bedroom house so extra storage space is always helpful. I hope you enjoy it too!
I’m so very happy with how this storage unit came out! I live in a small, two bedroom house so extra storage space is always helpful. I hope you enjoy it too!

Materials I used for this projectWooden crates

(JoAnn Fabric)

Wire baskets (JoAnn Fabric)

Danish oil (Home Depot)

Wood stain (Home Depot)

Wood glue (Home Depot)

Screws (Home Depot)