Upcycle Old Crates into a Small Side Table

Upcycle Old Crates into a Small Side Table

Uncovering the Treasure Trove

I’ll admit, I’ve always had a soft spot for old, weathered crates. There’s just something about their rustic charm and untold stories that captures my imagination. So when I stumbled upon a stack of vintage crates at a local yard sale last summer, I knew I had to snatch them up. The question was, what was I going to do with them?

It sat in my garage for months, taunting me with its potential. Then, one sunny afternoon as I was tinkering around outside, inspiration struck. Why not transform this ordinary crate into a unique and functional piece of furniture? And thus, my mission to upcycle an old crate into a small side table was born.

The Crate Makeover

First things first, I needed to assess the condition of the crate. Luckily, this one was in pretty good shape – sturdy construction, minimal wear and tear. The only real challenge was the fact that it didn’t have any legs, which meant I’d need to add those myself. No problem, I thought, as I headed to the local hardware store.

At Timber Building, I browsed the selection of table legs and hardware kits. After some careful consideration, I settled on a set of sleek metal legs and the necessary attachment brackets. With my supplies in hand, I was ready to get to work.

Bringing the Crate to Life

Back in my garage, I flipped the crate over and got to work attaching the legs. Using a cordless drill, I secured the brackets to the bottom of the crate, then screwed the legs into place. I made sure to position them evenly, ensuring the table would sit level and stable.

Now came the fun part – the finishing touches. I decided to add a pop of contrast by painting the legs a deep, matte black. Grabbing a small can of Valspar flat black paint and a paintbrush, I carefully coated the legs, making sure to let the natural wood grain peek through in spots for that rustic, farmhouse-chic vibe.

As the paint dried, I stepped back to admire my handiwork. The crate was really starting to come together, transforming from a humble storage container into a charming side table. But I knew it needed one more element to really tie the whole look together.

The Finishing Touches

Inspired by the vintage find I had read about, I decided to add a touch of distressed paint to the crate itself. Using the same black paint, I lightly brushed on a few streaks and splotches, giving the wood an aged, weathered appearance.

The result was nothing short of stunning. The combination of the sleek black legs, the rustic crate, and the subtle distressing created a piece that was equal parts modern and vintage. I could practically picture it tucked into the corner of a cozy living room, or serving as a charming bedside table.

Displaying the Upcycled Treasure

With my new side table complete, I couldn’t wait to find the perfect spot for it in my home. I ended up placing it in the entryway, where it serves as a functional yet stylish landing spot for keys, mail, and other small items.

But the true beauty of this project lies in its versatility. Depending on your decor style and needs, an upcycled crate table like this one could work in a variety of settings. Some have even used similar crates to display their vintage Christmas ornaments, transforming them into unique and personalized holiday displays.

The Joy of Upcycling

As I admire my handiwork, I can’t help but feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. This project not only resulted in a beautiful and functional piece of furniture, but it also allowed me to tap into my creative side and breathe new life into an otherwise ordinary object.

Upcycling, in my opinion, is the ultimate form of sustainable living. It’s about seeing the potential in the things we already have, rather than constantly consuming new products. And the best part? The process is often just as rewarding as the final result.

Discovering the Hidden Gems

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a few old, forgotten items stashed away in your garage or attic. Maybe it’s a weathered crate, a worn-out piece of furniture, or even a stack of vintage magazines. Whatever it is, I encourage you to take a closer look.

Because you never know – that seemingly mundane object could be the starting point for your next brilliant DIY project. All it takes is a bit of imagination, a few simple tools, and the willingness to see things in a new light.

So, the next time you stumble upon a forgotten treasure, don’t just pass it by. Instead, let your creativity run wild and discover the hidden potential within. Who knows, you might just end up with a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture that you’ll cherish for years to come.

Embracing the Imperfections

One of the things I love most about this upcycled side table is its imperfections. The slightly uneven paint, the subtle distressing, the slight wobble in the legs – these are the details that make it truly unique and special.

In a world that often values flawless, mass-produced perfection, I find comfort in the beauty of the imperfect. It’s a reminder that the most interesting and meaningful things in life are often the ones that bear the marks of our own hands and stories.

So, as you embark on your own upcycling adventures, I encourage you to embrace the quirks and idiosyncrasies of your creations. After all, those little imperfections are what make them truly one-of-a-kind.


Transforming an old crate into a functional and stylish side table has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only did I end up with a beautiful piece of furniture, but I also tapped into my own creativity and gained a greater appreciation for the art of upcycling.

So, if you’re looking for a fun and fulfilling DIY project, I highly recommend giving this a try. Scour your local thrift stores, yard sales, or even your own garage for the perfect starting point, then let your imagination run wild. Who knows, you might just end up with a unique and treasured piece that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Happy upcycling!


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