Antique Style Wooden Crate Wall Organizer from Pallet Wood

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being a guest blogger for Gail @ My Repurposed Life, but for those of you that missed that post, I’m sharing it here today.My project started out to be something totally different, but I failed, and this was my attempt at salvaging something of my failed project.   I wanted an antique fruit shipping crate, complete with a beautiful label on it, but I didn’t want to pay antique store prices for it.  I had several weathered pallets, so I figured it would be easy to build my own antique style crate, right?
Antique Fruit Crate Label Tin Can Organizer by
Well, maybe not.  I’m also way behind the crowd, because I had NEVER created a project with pallets before, and this crate would be my first attempt at using them.   You can see from this photo of the massacred pallet that I’m a newbie, but I got that pallet cut apart and came up with my plan.

I cut the pallet boards into 7 pieces (3 long pieces, and 4 shorter ones)for each side of the crate, based on the size I wanted my crate to be.
DIY Pallet Project Wall Organizer by
I assembled each side of the crate, by screwing the three long pieces between two shorter pieces.

I was patting myself on the back, because so far it was looking great…but my plan took a U-turn.  I couldn’t get the thing assembled into a crate to save my life.  It looked like a toddler had built it (I didn’t photograph my failure), but I didn’t want my work to be a total waste.  By themselves, I thought the side pieces looked great, so I put my thinking cap on to figure out how I could turn them into something else.

Reperposed Pallet Wood Shipping Crate by

I remembered I had some antique labels from old tin cans {free printables here}.  And since tin cans were shipped in wooden crates, the relationship between the two gave me an idea to create something new with my failed crate pieces.

vintage can labels

I had just finished a project using tin cans (seen here) and had some cans left over, so I printed several of the peach labels and wrapped them around two of the cans, then screwed the cans into one of the wooden crate sides.
Tin Can Organizer Tutorial by
I attached two old coat hooks on the sides, and was really tickled with the end result.  No, I wasn’t going to get an antique style crate, but I now had a useful wall hook/holder, that I could hang in my kitchen.  Not only is it useful for holding a kitchen towel, and some utensils, but I could almost convince myself that this was exactly the project I had in mind when I started, instead of the remains of a DIY failure.
Pallet Wood Wall Organizer by
It has a really nostalgic, old time look to it, and it just makes me smile when I look at it, and I guess that’s the point of any project we make, right?  So, I guess it wasn’t a total failure after all.
It’s available in my shop here
Repurposed Tin Can Organizer by
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  1. This turned out so cute, Angie…a happy accident! Love the look of the labels…thanks for sharing!

  2. I like it Angie. I think you did a good job and love the veggie/fruit graphics.

    Thanks for the inspiration. I just can’t keep up with all the things I see and want to do.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  3. This really turned out great. An attractive and useful creation is hard to beat!

  4. What fun! I’ll have to tell my Brother-in-law about this. He is always looking for ways to repurpose.

  5. I used your idea for my kitchen recently and linked back here today. Please come check it out and thanks for the idea.

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