DIY Distressed Wood Crate Coffee Table

by Jenn

I have been so excited to get started on this DIY Distressed Paint Wooden Crate Coffee Table and now that it’s all finished I have so many other projects going through my head.  Seriously, this was just the start of a lot of DIY projects that involve painting, lol.  We sre at the end stage of adding on to our home!  Yes, it’s time for the fun part, decorating!

Since we have added on I also need a few more pieces of furniture.  One of which is this wood crate table, it’s perfect for my front room.

Another reason I was so excited about this DIY Distressed Paint Woode Crate Coffee Table is that I’m redoing my sunroom and needed something to give me that boost.  I knew the colors that I wanted to go with but haven’t done much else.  The crate table project was definitely what I needed to light some fire under my booty!  Now, I’m super pumped to get everything else finished.  Not to mention I was able to get that big old table out of my sunroom so I can start working on it.  My aunt gave me the big table I had in the sunroom and I want to sand it down, stain it and use it in my den.  It’s just too much table for the sunroom and the kids think they can hide everything in the drawers lol.  because I need a smaller coffee table in my front sunroom. The one I currently have is my aunt old table and I want to sand it down, stain it and put it in my den.

DIY Distressed Wood Crate Coffee TableDIY Distressed Wood Crate Coffee Table

So let’s get started with this DIY Distressed Paint Wooden Crate Coffee Table project.

To build this DIY Distressed Wood Crate Coffee Table you’ll need the following supplies:

  • 4 [amazon_textlink asin=’B00D6JP6FG’ text=’Wooden Crates’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’jennsblahbl00-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’38b437d1-c2a4-11e8-a975-dbd4a4e3d8de’]
  • 1 Piece of
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B004I3WXEQ’ text=’Wood glue’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’jennsblahbl00-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’5922fbb8-c2a4-11e8-905b-0be632e3928e’]
  • Eight small L Brackets
  • 1.5″ wood screws
  • Four furniture legs
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Olympic Color paint (dark color)
  • Olympic Color paint (light color)

 To build your wood crate table you’ll follow the below instructions:

  •  If needed sand the crates down.  The ones I had needed some TLC in the sanding department.

DIY Wooden Crate Coffee Table

  • Arrange the crates on the piece of uncut plywood with the openings facing out so you can see how big your table is going to be.  Either measure or draw an outline and cut the plywood, so it’s the same size your table will be.  Since size will vary depending upon the size of wood crates you are using, I didn’t want to give you a measurement.
  • Once you have the plywood cut, arrange wooden crates on the cut piece of plywood to make sure everything will fit nicely.  You’ll want the openings to face outward.

Upcycle Wooden Crates into a Wooden Crate Coffee Table

  • Remove one crate at a time and put wood glue on the side that will be laying on the board and glue it in place.  Be sure the crates stay in place each time you pick on up or glue one down.

how to make a coffee table with wood crates

  • After you have applied wood glue to all four crates and had them all in place, use the small L-brackets to attach the crates to the bottom sheet of plywood.  You’ll also want to attach the l-brackets in the center of the table to hold all the crates together.

Wooden Crate Table

  • Put the legs on the table.  They may go on differently than mine did depend on the style you decided on.
  • Optional: You can choose to cover the square center or leave it open.  I decided to leave mine open because I want to put a little plant or decoration of some sort in there.  I honestly didn’t want to put this piece on, but I let my husband talk me into it.  I still like it, but I was going for the wood crate look from top to bottom, babe!  Gosh, men!  Never let them join in on your DIY projects, NEVER!  However, I do have to admit when it was finished I was glad he talked me into adding the top.  So maybe it’s not such a bad idea lol.

Olympic Color paintHow To Create A Distressed Wood Look with Paint

Are you ready to start painting?  Great, you’ll need to grab the darker Olympic Color paint and make sure it’s all mixed and ready to go.  We’ll use the lighter paint later.

diy crate table

  • For my crate table, I used two different colors of paint.  First, I applied a thin coat of the darker color, Big Foot and allowed to dry.  I then applied another thin layer of paint on the table and allowed to dry overnight.

DIY Distressed Wood Crate Coffee Table

  • The next morning I sanded table a bit.  I did this so a Pale Jade color paint by Olympic would soak into the wood better in certain spots.  When you are finished sanding the table clean it up, so there isn’t anything left over from sanding the table.
  • Apply a thin layer of your next color of paint.  I used a Pale Jade Olympic Paint.

DIY Distressed Wood Crate Coffee Table

  • Allow to dry completely and sand the table until you get reach the desired look.

I am going to admit I was a little bit worried once I started sanding the paint.  I’ve distressed wood before but never with such a bright color, and when it was all said and done, I like how the table turned out.  There are a few spots I’m going to sand down a little bit more and maybe even touch up the brown undercoat before putting a clear coat on.DIY Distressed Wood Crate Coffee Table Project

DIY Distressed Wood Crate Coffee Table

DIY Distressed Wood Crate Coffee Table ProjectI hope you enjoy our DIY Distressed Paint Wooden Crate Coffee Table!  We had a blast making it to share with you.

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Gagan Chauhan January 20, 2017 - 12:50 am

This is simply brilliant, Jenn! Thanks for sharing this awesome DIY coffee table steps. Cheers

babybrat09 December 28, 2016 - 10:34 am

I love how this looks & seems easy enough to make.

Emma Clark October 3, 2016 - 5:06 am

I love unique things! Thank you for great article!

Mai T. June 26, 2016 - 3:33 am

I love the idea that it can be a storage for stuff also. Beautiful!


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