How To Make Wine Crate Shelves

by Emily Steers on 05/24/2011

Yesterday, brought you the blahfore and aaaah!fter of my wine crate shelves.



They still remain free of tchotski, but I’m super happy with how they turned out.  Here’s how to make wine crate shelves!

Gather ye wine crates from ye wine manager friends.

Darken the edges (or any part you want to have a patina’d effect) with stain.  We used the ebony color from Minwax.

Next, liberally rub the parts you really want to stick out from the paint with wax.  We used an old tealight that I popped from its tin encasement.

(Not dandruff.  It’s wax.)

Next, paint.  We used a semi-gloss white.  I love how the burnished wine logos look with a think coat of white over them!

Bake said boxes in the sun for a day.  So the paint dries fully.

Once the paint is dry, lightly sand the spots you waxed.

It’s got a nice pretty distressing on it now!

We used 15 lb. wall anchors to attach our boxes to the wall.  Probably not really necessary, but we live in an earthquake zone, so we wanted to make sure nothing would fall off the wall should the ground beneath our feet begin moving.

(I hate it when it does that.  Every so often when we get a good tremor, David and I look at each other in our pajama’d state, and say out loud, “Damn, I wish I was wearing pants.”)

I’m a jerk and didn’t want a straightforward arrangement for the boxes.  I’ll bet David really just wanted them stacked on top of one another, but I had this idea of using negative space also as a shelf, so I wanted to ensure they were stacked all akimbo.

Et voila!


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liz @ btb May 24, 2011 at 10:25 PM

I’ll say it again… I LOVE IT. Especially the arrangement. So freakin cool.


emily May 25, 2011 at 10:21 AM

thanks! this is one of our better refinishing projects. really happy that it actually turned out!


Ohhh I want to try the wax tip before painting!! I'm excited to try this! May 25, 2011 at 3:38 AM
Pamela of PBJstories May 25, 2011 at 3:39 AM

Ohhh I want to try the wax tip before painting!! I’m excited to try this!


emily May 25, 2011 at 10:17 AM

it made such a difference! i hate sanding for hours only to screw up and sand off too little or too much. the wax made it so easy!


Upscale Downhome May 25, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Akimbo–great word choice!


emily May 25, 2011 at 10:15 AM

hehe… i love playing with my word choice! brings some spice to the day.


Condo Blues May 26, 2011 at 6:43 AM

I like how you placed the boxes so they turn the corner but remain functional shelves.


emily May 26, 2011 at 3:03 PM

thanks! i’m quite honestly very spatially challenged, so it took a bit to figure out the placement. but it turned out!


Misty May 26, 2011 at 7:19 AM

Super creative! LOVE it!


emily May 26, 2011 at 3:02 PM

thanks! now i just hope i can get enough stuff on them to make them look nice & cute!


I completely LOVE this idea and the explanation on how to use the wax and paint for distressing was awesome! Would be so flattered if you'd link up to our new party! May 26, 2011 at 7:23 PM
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Hannah McConnell May 27, 2011 at 6:07 AM

I would adore some of these hanging on the wall in my room… This is a must do project!
I’m starting a new linky party today and would absolutely love it if you would link this post up there.


emily May 29, 2011 at 7:50 PM

hey, hannah–

sorry i just found your comment! it got snagged by the spam filter. thanks for visiting!


Connie @ Measured by the Heart May 29, 2011 at 12:47 PM

What a great idea!! I love the crates untouched though. The writing on them does it for me. But hanging on the wall like that Genious!! I am happy to be your newest follower. Please stop by for book club if you’re interested–connie,


emily May 29, 2011 at 7:41 PM

we debated on staining them a more natural wood tone, but opted for the white just because of the room they’re in. we have a natural-tone crate shelf in our living room, too! love them– and the fact that they’re free.


Judy June 1, 2011 at 3:04 PM

That’s really awesome. Came out great. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party. Please stop back and grab a button to add to either the end of your post or your sidebar (and become a follower if you’re not already). Thanks so much.


emily June 1, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Hi, Judy– thanks for the reminder! Sorry I didn’t do it immediately. It’s up now!


Jo June 3, 2011 at 6:47 AM

They look so great! Now, how do I get my hands on some wine crates?!


Winepine August 27, 2011 at 8:46 PM

I’ve never seen wine crate shelves done such as this. I’m surprised that you painted over the winery designs! I realized why you painted over them, and it makes sense. They match the decor quite well. I appreciate your sharing this. It looks great!


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