Here comes a project that is a total indulgence in my love of pallets, farm and orchard vintage wood crate, travel stamps, and weathered typography. We spoke to one of them – The Cumberland Crate Company from British Columbia, Canada which began their journey into ‘vintage wooden crate-ing’ in the winter of 2013. Here you will find everything ranging from DIY projects, food and drinks, kids stuff, and anything in between. A wooden crate was designed by the Tropical Development and Research Institute (TDRI) for the huckster trade from Dominica.
The planks have a thickness of at least 6 mm. Because of the rigidity the crate is quite heavy and the initial cost is high compared to, for instance, wirebound crates. Start with the slat closest to the end so that you’re making the corner of the box first. Also if you don’t stain your wood with the tea first you won’t get a dark stain from the vinegar solution. We attached the bottom half of the crates together, and the upper half separately, then connected both. This is a non-toxic stain that we use to give new crates an old look right out of the gates. Still, I love it…but don’t know how many more I can make if I don’t find scrap wood somewhere!
Though the first prototypes were built for farmers (stackable farm crates), the company now caters to a much broader market. Now you can make it your own and add a fun stencil to make it look like a vintage shipping crate…in this case, add a North Pole Freight Co. Stamp for some fun Christmas Décor. Sometimes, no matter how much thinking I do, I just need to get in there and play around with things to make it work!
I’m sure that if you wanted to make smaller ones that you could get an even better bang for your buck too. I’ve seen those cute crates at Michael’s before and wanted to pick some up to organize our stuff as well. Assemble and Hang Your Wall Unit: Once you have figured out the placement of the crates on your wall, use the Quick Grip to adhere them together. Please note that some of the links in this article are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase.
Also, logistically, I knew it might be difficult to source real vintage crates at the right price point, so this was the perfect solution! Have a bunch of scrap 1x4s sitting around and some plywood from (failed) attempts to make some table saw sleds. This is a perfect application for the Kreg Jig and it’s just like making a face frame. I re-measured the middle section to make sure I centered the third crate properly.
In my middle I stuck two pieces of wood in between the slates of the crates so that I could put them at any level depending on what my center piece was or take them out completely and put a large vase in. Make sure to wipe off the grounds right away though, otherwise you will be left with spots afterwards. Or just give your crates a coat of chalkboard paint or classic stain, place an oversized marquee letter inside and use them for decoration.
I did notice the color was rusty brown after 24 hours and even muddier by the time I used it. I have let the mixture sit for a day and other times a few weeks before using it to make new wood look old. You can even make trendy reclaimed, distressed wood furniture by using multiple crates for DIY tables, bookshelfs, ottomans, closet organizers, entertainment centers & more! I knew I was going to use the left over stain from the coffee table (Island Water) for the crates.
Overall, this DIY crate on wheels toy storage idea is very easy to turn into reality, and your child will certainly be very grateful for it! Today, vintage wooden crates are more than just a sign of appreciation of things past, but it is also an indicator of good taste and a resounding nod to the good ole days where value was given to products of great craftsmanship. I did a quick Google image search for Vintage fruit label” and printed out four I liked.
The crates are unfinished, so make sure to check them over for any flaws you may not like. A few years ago I discovered, probably on Pinterest, a super easy way to do ink transfers onto wood. I’m making one this week but going to build the crates myself from reclaimed barn wood I’ve acquired then make the table. Use drywall screws to secure the crates to the walls (6) and stock them with anything you like!