Upcycled Crates for Farmhouse Decor

May it never be that I pass by a wooden crate without stopping to swoop it up and bring it home. hee hee. Now, before you call me crazy, give me a minute to show you my reasoning. What you see here is a pile of wooden potential that I plan to give new life and purpose. Join me as I make upcycled crates into farmhouse decor for our Trash to Treasure Tuesday fun. You’ll see my blogger friends projects in a bit.

Old Antique Wooden Crates Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com


First, let me say that this trio came from different sources. I’ll start at the bottom with the largest crate and work my up with each one. I actually bought this one at a local thrift store using my coupon. The retail price was more than I would have normally paid, but since I had the coupon burning a hole in my pocket, I decided to pull the trigger on it and bring it home. Isn’t it cool with the original cantaloupe label?

Vintage Trio Cantaloupe Wooden Crate Before | prodigalpieces.com

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This particular crate reminded me of one I found a flea market one time and use as my current side table. Since I love it so much, I chose to make this one in the same likeness. The size of this crate made it perfect to add a center shelf for added storage. My wood stash always comes in handy in times like these. I cut a piece of plywood with my jigsaw and then painted it this fun Colonial Red to compliment the label.

Rustoleum Colonial Red Spray Paint for Upcycled Crates Project by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Next, while the paint cured, I repaired the label and sealed it with a poly. I also sanded down a few rough spots. Then, it was good to go. Here is the first of my upcycled crates now perfect as a farmhouse side table or nightstand.

Upcycled Crate End Table for Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Cozy Farmhouse Style Decor using Flea Market Finds by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor

I used my vintage locker baskets to add even more whimsy, but you could use whatever floats your boat. My favorite is that the original label is still intact and ready to tell a story all its own.

Reclaimed Wooden Crate Turned into a Farmhouse Side Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Vintage Trio Cantaloupe Crate Turned into Rustic Farmhouse End Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #homedecor #farmhouse #home


Second, is one of the crates I found on the curb. You know I had to stop and get it…right? The patina alone is gorgeous.

Inside Wooden Farmhouse Slat Crate | prodigalpieces.com

Yes, it’s seen better days with its jerry-rigged broken slats. However, to me, that just means its stood the test of time and it deserves to be rescued.

As the second of my upcycled crates project, I decided to do something a little different. I had a remnant piece of desk top that I saved from when I turned a desk into nightstands (see HERE). You know I couldn’t let that good piece of wood go to waste. tsk. After I repaired the broken slats, I cut the desk top piece to fit the bottom of the crate with my jigsaw.

Cutting Salvaged Desk Top for Upcycled Crates Project | prodigalpieces.com

Then, I cut the random piece that had reinforced the bottom and used it to reinforce the sides to accept pulls. No waste going on around here! woot!

DIY Farmhouse Style Decor using Upcycled Crates | Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Upcycled Farmhouse Crate for DIY Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor

Notice that before I added the casters (basic store-bought stuff) I painted them to look old. A must, but of course. Am I right? Plus, the feed sack pillow and beautiful quilt from my bestie have a sweet place to await my tired self.

Antique Crate Turned into Pillow & Throw Bin for Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #homedecor #upcycled #home

Upcycled Crate Bin Makes for Perfect Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #shopping #home #homedecor


Last, but certainly not least, is the top smaller crate. This poor soul is one I grabbed off the curb during a heavy rain. The bottom was rotted out, so I finished it off with my hammer.

Inside Damaged Wooden Crate | prodigalpieces.com

Antique Crate Before Upcycling | prodigalpieces.com

I mean, who could pass up this rustic gem? A face only a junkin’ mother could love…I know. haha. It even had rusty thumb tack punched into one side. I love it. My first of the upcycled crates became a side table and the second an awesome storage crate. However, this one I decided to take to new heights.

That’s when I grabbed these reclaimed piano bench legs. You see, awhile back I upcycled a piano bench into a lap desk (as seen HERE). Of course, I kept all the parts I didn’t initially use and they always come back to bless me in future projects.

Reclaimed Piano Bench Legs Upcycled by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I even have a container of rusty screws and nails I save for projects like this. It makes creating fun! After I attach the legs, I cut yet another piece of weathered wood from my stash to fill the inside.

Then, it’s time to make this project cohesive with my Round Brush and a wash of paint.

Painting Upcycled Crate Table Legs | prodigalpieces.com

Are you ready to see it? Take a peek…

Rustic Farmhouse Crate Table Made from Upcycled Parts by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #home #homedecor

DIY Farmhouse Style Upcycled Crate Table Handmade by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #furniture #farmhouse #homedecor

For this last of my upcycled crates creations, I added the same graphic I used on my blanket chest to a bit of canvas. Don’t ewe just love sheep? You can see all of my fun farmhouse sheep tutorials HERE too.

Handmade Farmhouse Crate Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Antique Crate Turned Farmhouse Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #antique home #homedecor

As I always say, my goal is to inspire you to see beyond the obvious. Yes, these were someone’s junk set out for trash, initially. However, there are so many possibilities to make use of upcycled crates. Taking the time to think outside the crate saves our landfills from becoming full of good items, and also can lead you on a wonderful creative adventure.

Pitcher of Yarrow for Simple Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #flowers #home #homedecor

All 3 crate creations are available in my shop. I already have my own crates throughout my house that I thoroughly love.

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Do pin and share my upcycled crates creations. I’m sure I’m not the only one that sees these cast-offs wondering what to do with them.

Don't toss or pass up those old crates you see on the roadside or at flea markets. Upcycled crates make awesome farmhouse decor. | Come see at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Up next, this thrifted find is going to get some cottage fun. SEE THE NEW LOOK HERE.

Thrifted Wooden Stool Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com


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  • Cindy

    The crates are great but the last one stole my heart. Trying to picture you in the rain grabbing it.


    July 9, 2019 at 8:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…it was funny! And messy… Crates are so fun to repurpose.

      July 9, 2019 at 8:19 am Reply
  • Mary W

    The sheep are great. I want a tiny flock under my coffee table. I’m sue they will be played with and rearranged but that makes them even better.

    July 9, 2019 at 8:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That would be so fun!

      July 9, 2019 at 11:50 am Reply
  • Sheryl Danner

    Great post. I’m going to make a special effort to find crates now to rehab and sell in my booths👍

    July 9, 2019 at 9:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful! They are always a hit.

      July 9, 2019 at 11:51 am Reply
  • Joan Amenn

    You saved the best for last! What a genius recreation (Re-crate-tion?)

    July 9, 2019 at 9:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      tee hee! Love that word. 😀

      July 9, 2019 at 11:51 am Reply
  • Marcie Lovett

    Love the crate with wheels, Larissa. Such a great idea!

    July 9, 2019 at 9:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I am a caster addict and I don’t care. ahahahaha! 😀

      July 9, 2019 at 11:51 am Reply
  • Cheryl Atkinson

    Hi Larissa! These crates are so cute and i love that they are old. How did you add the legs to the last one and how did you add the caster wheels to the second one? I would really love to try this. Thank you

    July 9, 2019 at 10:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I just added the wheels to the bottom using the plates they’re on, and shirred up the legs inside the crate and attached with screws. Both added bottoms gave needed reinforcement too.

      July 9, 2019 at 11:52 am Reply
  • Mary

    I love the old crates, especially those that have the old label or name on them! Really glad you save them. Thanks

    July 9, 2019 at 11:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I wish they could tell me their stories. 🙂

      July 9, 2019 at 11:52 am Reply
  • Cathy Klose

    Hi Larissa! Cute upcycles! How did you attach those piano legs to the crate?

    July 9, 2019 at 12:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Cathy! I just attached them in the corners with screws. The bottom then is attached into each one.

      July 9, 2019 at 5:00 pm Reply
  • Denise - Salvaged Inspirations

    Super adorable Larissa! XO

    July 9, 2019 at 2:22 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are the sweetest, Denise. Thanks!

      July 9, 2019 at 5:00 pm Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    These all turned out so great, Larissa! So creative on all! xoxo

    July 9, 2019 at 3:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Nancy. 😉

      July 9, 2019 at 5:00 pm Reply
  • Becky

    I dearly love crates too. SO many possibilities! 😊 My favorite is the one with wheels!

    July 9, 2019 at 4:05 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are a kindred spirit, Becky. Thanks!

      July 9, 2019 at 5:01 pm Reply
  • Christy

    These crates are so lucky you found them! Now they all have a new purpose…love them!! I think my favorite is the one with the casters! XOXO

    July 9, 2019 at 5:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They are just fun to use here and there. Thanks, Christy!

      July 9, 2019 at 9:04 pm Reply
  • Heather B.

    Love, love, love! Quick question – How did you attach the (red) shelf on crate #1?

    July 10, 2019 at 6:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! I just added screws in from the sides on each slat.

      July 10, 2019 at 9:28 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Such great saves on these crates but the last one has me swooning.

    July 10, 2019 at 1:31 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so funny, Marie! Thank you.

      July 10, 2019 at 9:29 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Repurposing crates is always fun and you did an awesome job with these Larissa!

    July 10, 2019 at 7:37 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Jen! 😀

      July 10, 2019 at 9:29 pm Reply

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