Easy wood block crate styled paint shelving

Learn how to make this no-build wood block crate styled paint shelving with stock lumber and Shipping Crate Stamps from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils!

Ever since I came home from my vacation, I’ve been cleaning.

It’s taken some time to catch up with the overgrown flowerbeds filled with weeds, trees needing trimming, not to mention the stuff that didn’t get cleaned up indoors before I left.

So on a given day when I’d had enough of cleaning, I was determined that today was the day I WOULD create something fun instead!

paint studio before

Except… when I went downstairs to the paint studio, the mess instantly drained away my creativity. Piles of paint supplies and a busy table with stencil paint samples filled my head instead. Ugh.

Whatever. A quick clean up, then create… right?!

WRONG.

Once I started shuffling, I decided I needed MUCH more.

Then BAM. I decided the cleaning itself would be my project today! I was about to revamp this little paint storage area into something special again while getting everything OFF the table for more table space.

paint studio before

Trust me… it was hard not to gut the entire room… but I pushed hard to focus on just this area this round. The table and wall was completely gutted to prepare for a fresh start.

painting the wooden work table in the paint studio

Then I rolled a fresh coat of paint onto the worktable to cover up my ‘stencil trials.’

The wall also got filled and repainted back to a nice crisp white.

Now I needed a shelving unit of sorts… 

Would a few planks and simple stacking risers work? I was about to find out.

Learn how to make this no-build wood block crate styled paint shelving with stock lumber and Shipping Crate Stamps from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils!

Building the block-style shelves

You’ll need:

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1 4×4 wood post (I purchased new)

cedar fence planks

palm sander

miter saw (check out my own saw HERE)

How-to:

  1. I rounded up some fence planks from my stash and gave them a good sanding outdoors.
  2. A quick trip to the local hardware store brought a 4×4 post home for about $15.
  3. I measured various paint supplies and cans, then cut the ‘risers’ so the shelves would clear the products.

At this point, I wasn’t completely sure this shelving plan would even work. Would my idea just fall over? Should I screw everything together and attach it to the wall?!

A dry fit was first… then I’d see.

It felt like stacking kid blocks! It was fun, so easy, and it was actually working!

And… I did not screw anything together. Yet. I found as long as I selected super straight planks, and the risers were cut perfectly straight, it was pretty sturdy as is!

But I desired to ramp up the ‘new wood’ with a few added details to make them appear reclaimed.

Authentic-looking shipping crate stamp stencils, coming right up!


Shipping Crate Stamps stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

Find this stencil HERE

Stenciling crate-style shelf risers

 

You’ll need:

Shipping Crate Stamps – find the stencil HERE

A stencil brush

Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black paint

(find a local Fusion merchant from HERE)

How-to:

  1. Position the stencil in random areas to add authentic looking crate stamps to the cut risers.
  2. Stencil with a very dry brush, and a little uneven to create an aged look.
  3. Allow to dry, then lightly sand to distress if desired.

(I did not yet have the new stencils on hand for this tutorial. You can learn more on how to stencil from THIS POST)

Oh my goodness friends… I’ve wanted these stencils forever!

Until now I’ve been just grabbing other stencils to mimic the look of crate stamps. However this set offers a true stencil font that was identical to some of the crates I had in my stash. MUCH more authentic!

Creating a few words, sayings, dates, images…


Learn how to make this no-build wood block crate styled paint shelving with stock lumber and Shipping Crate Stamps from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils!

… got me the perfect little reclaimed wood easy-to-build shelving unit in the land!

Shipping crate style of course!

Learn how to make this no-build wood block crate styled paint shelving with stock lumber and Shipping Crate Stamps from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils!

Learn how to make this no-build wood block crate styled paint shelving with stock lumber and Shipping Crate Stamps from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils!

Selecting random spots, the crate stamps were stenciled in Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black.

Aren’t they fun?!

You don’t need lots, just enough for impact, and a dash of authenticity.

Learn how to make this no-build wood block crate styled paint shelving with stock lumber and Shipping Crate Stamps from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils!

I allowed some of the words to be cut off at the ends…

Learn how to make this no-build wood block crate styled paint shelving with stock lumber and Shipping Crate Stamps from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils!

… and some to wrap around the posts.

Learn how to make this no-build wood block crate styled paint shelving with stock lumber and Shipping Crate Stamps from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils!

And it’s easy to add to. If I get any more product or require different sized risers, I’ll simply cut more 4×4 posts to suit!

If I go any higher or run into issues as-is, I’d probably screw the risers to the selves, then somehow attach it with brackets to the wall for stability.

However, as it stands, I absolutely LOVE how it functions!

And is the perfect build for even a non-builder. No excuses now!

Learn how to make this handy storage paint shelf made out of fence planks!

Instead of replacing it, I also gave my original paint shelf a bit of an update for now.

Hang up your paint brushes on finishing nails with this handy fence plank shelf that's super easy to make!

All the longer paint brushes were hung from small finishing nails along the top making them an easy grab, while the smaller brushes all fit nicely along the bottom shelf.

Stack 3 vintage crates together to make this handy note station area.

2 vintage and 1 Ikea stained crate served as a note station with a couple of storage drawers for masking tape and rags, easily doubling up the space.

Much like a new toy, I was dying to see what else the stencils would look cute on, so I dug up a couple of other things to quickly play on…

Learn how to revamp a simple plywood toolbox into resembling being made out of shipping crate parts with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils!

Oh my goodness YES!

 This plywood toolbox I had in my stash was SO the perfect candidate for this look, wouldn’t you say?

It’s always been too plain, but I didn’t want to paint it.

Learn how to revamp a simple plywood toolbox into resembling being made out of shipping crate parts with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils!

THIS look says it all!

Learn how to revamp a simple crate into resembling being made out of shipping crate parts with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils!

I also added the Approved stamp to this long, skinny crate acting as an office mail sorter.

A stamp of approval is a clever way to revamp this crate! With Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils!

So. Stinkin’. CUTE!

I’m all about signs anyway, however these shipping crate stamp stencils take that one to the next level for me. Imagine… anything plywood or rustic can look like it was made out of a shipping crate now!

And in my book, that’s a VERY good thing.

paint studio before

From a very busy chaotic before…


Learn how to make this no-build wood block crate styled paint shelving with stock lumber and Shipping Crate Stamps from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils!

… to a very ready NOW I’m ready to paint after!

In fine shipping crate style of course…

What do you think of the freshened-up look? Where could you use an easy shelf like this?

Shipping Crate Stamps | Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

Find the Shipping Crate Stamp stencils HERE

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Visit more creative shelving tutorials below:

Learn how to make this industrial farmhouse pipe and wood shelving unit with a Pantry sign!

Pipe and wood pantry shelf

Learn how to make this rustic shelf with scrap wood risers!

Scrap wood TV shelf

Learn how to stain and build this Ikea rustic farmhouse storage shelving right to the ceiling!

Ikea rustic shelf

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Find more stencil projects HERE

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  1. Really enjoy your posts, lots of information and clear instructions to complete! Your taste is super and also appreciate the opportunity to reuse vintage items. Thanks for the inspiration, You Rock!

    • Thanks Carla! VERY easy! The first shelf felt complicated to make so this round I desired something that wasn’t mentally challenging. haha I think I am still wearing a little vacation brain!

      Glad you like the stencil, I know I will get lots of use out of it!

  2. Very creative! I think I might try the shelving in my studio. Thanks for the ideas and thanks for the thought that creativity can be squelched by a messy work place. I really need to get on the ball and organize this space, again. Having a space for everything makes cleaning up much easier and then the space will not continue to become unorganized and messy, but that’s in a perfect world I suppose! Haha

    • Thanks Debi! I tend to make a mess when I create and don’t see it until the aftermath. So the best course of action for someone like me is to just start over every so often! Plus, it gives me another reason to try something new. 😀

      And you are so right on everything having a place. I really like the Marie Kondo theory of only having one spot for one kind of thing too. It really keeps you honest about the amount of stuff you have! I mean… all those paint brushes… egads. The truth’s right in front of you! 😀

  3. Could you come over and do this to my workspace? LOL! Isn’t it something how work spaces can get so cluttered while we’re in the moment of creativity and then when it gets messy it sucks the creativity right out of us? I’ve been avoiding going into my basement just because my work area is now in the cluttered mess stage. Your post might be the kick in the pants I needed to start cleaning up! Thank you Donna! 🙂

    • DO IT Sharon! Do it while the feeling is still there. That’s the best time to spring into action!

      A little trick I play on myself is to gut the space so I have no other choice but to do it right. Shuffling only gets you so far…. plus, it isn’t generally as pretty. Pretty matters when you’re a creative, so go full tilt!

  4. Love the new look! Very organized and right at your fingertips! I’m sure you will be very happy with the new arrangement. Love the 4×4 idea too! Great inspiration! Thanks!!

    • Thanks Sharon, I can’t believe it worked as well as it did! Super sturdy! I might do another version of the block shelving to the other side. But first… get some work done. Then I can play more! haha

  5. Welcome back Donna 🙂 You must be the only person I know who jumps in and tidies a space while making some awesome. Love the new shelving (who wouldn’t) and how easy the tut was to follow. I have to order that stencil, it’s really cool.

  6. Nice and bright redo. I did think you’re stenciling that was on the wood table top was kinda cool. I’ve been into sometimes saving the older stenciling with polyurethane. But I could see taking in the whole table paint is more feasible. Love the way your brain works.