Old crate stencil storage trolley or clothes hanger

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Old crate stencil storage trolley or clothes hanger for a laundry room. Displaying Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
This past weekend, my photo studio hit an all time mess.

Very typical by the way. After one shoot… it can quickly look like…

messy photo studio before
… this. 

Any one of those given walls in the room can become the background, so everything else has to be shoved to the other side to make it work.

And in case you’re curious, the photo is not messed up. That stencil ladder storage rack totally warped on me.

DIY ladder for stencil storage, showcasing Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net

HERE is what it looked like in better days. It did work fabulous! But…

Here’s another idea I made with ladders.

Thing is, whenever I needed the stencils out of the way for photo shoots, the stencil stand was a pain to move.

So, during the cleanup, I just couldn’t put that warped thing back. I wanted to try something new. Something with wheels perhaps… self standing, so I could wheel it right out of that corner.

I had no idea how to build a base… I thought, pallet style maybe?

Until my eyes landed on a broken crate that was bound for the burn pile.

I am honestly am pretty impressed this crazy little brainstorm worked!
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How to make this old crate stencil storage trolley

What you’ll need: (contains some Amazon affiliate links below)

2 2x4s
wider planks
old crate
4 full swivel casters
closet dowel rod
cordless drill and screws
miter saw
palm sander


How to build the base for an old crate stencil storage trolley | funkyjunkinteriors.net
How to build the base for an old crate stencil storage trolley | funkyjunkinteriors.net
1. Working with a crate size, 2 chunks of 2x4s and 2 fence planks were cut, then screwed together as shown.

2. Flipping the base upside down, casters were screwed onto the underside of the base.

I stole the casters from this trunk ottoman. Always repurposing a repurpose here…

3. Flipping the base right side up, the crate was attached to the top of the base, using screws from inside the crate.

How to build the sides for an old crate stencil storage trolley or portable mini closet | funkyjunkinteriors.net
3. Two 2x4s were cut to the desired length, then attached to the inside of the crate, as shown.

How to build the base for an old crate stencil storage trolley or portable mini closet | funkyjunkinteriors.net
A level was held against the boards, while screwing the 2x4s into place, to ensure they were straight.

P.S. I had to redo this part twice. The boards were slightly warped which did not help… note the tiny bracket crammed in the crate? It’s helping hold the boards straighter. 🙂

P.S.S. Collect kiln dried wood if you can. It does not warp like outside stored wood does.

Attaching closet dowels to 2x4s using a square, for an old crate stencil storage trolley or portable mini closet | funkyjunkinteriors.net
4. Two wooden closet dowels were cut to desired size, then painted black.

5. Using a square for placement guidance, the dowels were screwed into place from the outside of the 2x4s.

Old crate stencil storage trolley idea. Or use it for a portable closet in a laundry room. funkyjunkinteriors.net
Well, would you just LOOK at that. It’s a mini closet on wheels! 

Wouldn’t this be cool in a laundry room? Yikes… I may have to make another.

Old crate stencil storage trolley or clothes hanger for a laundry room. Displaying Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
But what a perfect fit for the stencil storage need!

But let’s fix that crack in the crate…

Make this old crate stencil storage trolley idea, displaying Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils. Crate stores your paint gear. | funkyjunkinteriors.net

A little chunk of wood already signed up from THIS junk bulletin board project, was screwed into place. Perfect fit!

You can find the MARKET stencil under Farmers’ Market HERE.

And, to take advantage of the base, it’s now used as a mini shelf, to store stencil brushes inside mason jars. 

Inside the crate are rags and water containers. Everything stencil right in one place. On wheels, no less!

And here’s a little photography secret:

I have 2 of every stencil. One stays new for photography reasons, and the other I use for the actual project. Much nicer look for product shots.

Old crate stencil storage trolley or clothes hanger for a laundry room. Displaying Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Then I cleaned up the tool cabinet cart, sorted the screws by size (again), and ended up with a pretty tidy little stencil \ work corner!

That is an absolute breeze to move wherever desired. Finally!

Now to finish filling the crate stencil trolley. Guess I’d better start collecting more antique wooden hangers…

Very fun project, that can be used so many different ways! How would you use this?

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  1. Great to have wheels on your stencil holder. To move it with ease while you work is really good. I read where you screwed the dowels in from the outside and I don’t know why I never realized one could do that. Your little helpful tidbit will help me to do a lot. And I’ll do it with my new drill my husband bought for me at Christmas. On Christmas morning while opening presents, one of my sons made the remark that ‘Mom is more manly than we are. You’re making us look bad!’ I also got an orbital sander. Used it the other day and it didn’t hurt my arms. It was spectacular!

    • You are rockin’ your new tools, Joanne!

      And I’m glad you mentioned the tip that helped you. Sometimes I forget the finest details. Glad you caught the one that counted for you!

      I now officially challenge you to build something… 🙂

  2. Creative,indeed ! You’re using it for stencils but we’re building one to house PJs, stray clothes, hats, scarves in a bedroom that has no closet ! What a useful invention – can also be used in a tiny laundry room. If the bedroom is in the 1st floor, can just wheel it across the hall. Hubby is making a dolly for our move. So after we move into this house, it will be converted into a rolling clothes rack. Woohoo ! Bright ideas can be so brilliant and you always come up with something oh-so-cool ! I miss it when you don’t pose new projects! …. So thank you for this one !

  3. Donna THAT is SO cool!
    I have an old soda crate project that never sold for me and I’ve been mulling over varying ideas to alter it. And then I saw YOUR project~simple and aMAZing!
    You’ve given me a whole other direction to take it–omgosh, THANK YOU! I bet it sells quickly now~
    Catherine

  4. So cute & functionable. Love it. After moving I have found about a dozen of the old metal milk crates that I might try to adapt to this (after getting rid of rust LOL).

    Idea: To increase your hanger use till you can find more – maybe hang some of the clothespins (little bigger but shorter) that have hole in one thumb pinch area for a shower hook I hope they never stop making the metal wire hooks, I use them for everything) & hang on the hanger bar. But as I am typing this if were me would just screw some small cup hooks to bottom of hanger bar & you could maybe get 3 hooks(without crowding stencils) per hanger, Just a thought! Happy junking!