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!
Whatever. A quick clean up, then create… right?!
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.
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.
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.
Building the block-style shelves
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1 4×4 wood post (I purchased new)
- I rounded up some fence planks from my stash and gave them a good sanding outdoors.
- A quick trip to the local hardware store brought a 4×4 post home for about $15.
- 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!
Stenciling crate-style shelf risers
- Position the stencil in random areas to add authentic looking crate stamps to the cut risers.
- Stencil with a very dry brush, and a little uneven to create an aged look.
- 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…
… got me the perfect little reclaimed wood easy-to-build shelving unit in the land!
Shipping crate style of course!
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.
I allowed some of the words to be cut off at the ends…
… and some to wrap around the posts.
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!
Instead of replacing it, I also gave my original paint shelf a bit of an update for now.
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.
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…
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.
THIS look says it all!
I also added the Approved stamp to this long, skinny crate acting as an office mail sorter.
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.
From a very busy chaotic before…
… 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?
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