Repurpose a Wooden Crate Into a Rolling Storage Table

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DIY wooden crate storage table. Repurpose a wooden crate into a rolling side table for the porch or even as living room furniture. Just add a lid, a handle, caster wheels and some paint.

We have a few things left to do to our covered porch before it’s ready for cookouts and company. One of my favorite projects so far gave us some much needed storage and best of all, it was (nearly) free.

I have to admit it, I’m not shy when it comes to asking for free stuff.

You never know when someone is ready to give up something they consider junk.

When the idea struck me to repurpose a crate into a storage table, I drove to four different garden centers before finding the kind soul who gave me a bulb shipping crate in exchange for being sworn to secrecy of my resource.

I’m good with that.

Today, I’m going to show you how easy it is to turn a crate into a side table that doubles as storage.

If you can’t find one at the garden center, check with the grocery stores or buy one on Amazon. You can also find some reasonably priced vintage crates at an antique store.

If all else fails and you can’t find a crate, Lolly Jane shows you how to build a crate yourself in this simple tutorial.

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Other than the crate, you’ll need:

(4) caster wheels
(2) hinges
A handle for the lid
1/2 inch plywood for the top that overlaps the crate by 1/4 inch on all sides
Medium grit sandpaper
A paint brush
Watered down white latex paint
Dry Rag and a tack cloth
Outdoor polyurethane to protect your piece if you plan to use it outside

First, you’ll want to sand the crate and plywood top. Then, wipe it off with a tack cloth to remove the dust.

To give the new wood an aged look, brush on watered-down white paint and let it sit for a couple of minutes before wiping it off with a dry rag.

To make sure you have the ratio of paint to water to your liking, test it out on the bottom of the crate first.


After letting the paint dry a couple of hours, seal the wood with an outdoor polyurethane.

Next, add caster wheels to the bottom of the crate.

Screw in the hinges for the lid.

Add the handle.

DIY wooden crate storage table. Repurpose a wooden crate into a rolling side table. Just add a lid, a handle, caster wheels and some paint.

And you’ve got yourself a super cute side table that doubles as storage.

I’m using our crate on our covered porch to hold gardening supplies.


In the winter, I’ll use it for storing pillows but it would also be the perfect place for keeping the kids’ outside toys.

Who doesn’t need a little extra place to hide the clutter?

DIY wooden crate storage table. Repurpose a wooden crate into a rolling side table. Just add a lid, a handle, caster wheels and some paint.

DIY wooden crate storage table. Repurpose a wooden crate into a rolling side table for the porch or even the living room. Just add a lid, a handle, caster wheels and some paint.

If you like this crate storage idea, then you should check out my post on how to make a decoupaged map crate.

And if you want to see how I aged the flower pots stored in our crate, check out my tutorial on how to age terracotta pots with a mixture of Annie Sloan Paint and wax.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for my very first giveaway! I’ve teamed up with several fabulous bloggers to bring you a prize that you won’t want to miss!





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  1. What are the actual dimensions of the crate? I have looked at several places and they all look so much smaller than in your pictures.

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  3. Wow, this is a really cute and simple table design! I recently got some new patio furniture, and I’ve been looking for some storage options for the cushions during rain or winter, and this looks pretty perfect! I may have to try my hand at one or two of these over the weekend, I think I even have the perfect crates. Thanks so much for writing!

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  7. LOVELY! I adore this and can appreciate the extra work involved to get it outdoor worthy. Super cool look and productive to boot! I’ll be featuring this beauty on I Love That Junk and various other places this week!

    1. Thanks for cohosting the party, Shelly! I’m so glad you like the crate table. I ended up getting another smaller free crate, so I might have to make one for inside too. I need all the storage I can get!

    1. Thank you, Laura! Same to you. I just shared your ladder project with a friend who just found one by the road the other day. She loved it!

  8. Beautiful, Tricia! I just love it! What a unique table and I also love the wheels.
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    1. I’ve seen them recently at Marshalls. I bought this one from Buhi Imports. It’s the same company that I ordered the galvanized pails that are hanging on my laundry room wall. They only sell wholesale right now so you have to have a business license number to buy from them. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I love this project, what a great idea for an old crate! I have several old apple crates, I might have to try this with one of them!! Thanks for the inspiration, I pinned!!


  10. I am so loving that crate table I’m all excited to make one a.s.a.p. Now all I have to do is get hubs to do it. I’m not much of a builder, and he likes to be the boss so he’ll get to build it. so glad you shared this.

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