Industrial Shipping Crate Stamped shelving

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I’m giving credit to this project due to a recent visit to my son’s place.

Call it a mom thing if you will, however after a quick glance around his room, I offered to do his laundry. ALL of it. Aren’t I the best mom ever?

Since my machines are much larger than his, I knew I could get the job done in a fraction of the time, so… my treat!

However once the laundry was clean and packed up into laundry baskets ready for the trip back home, I realized there just may be a reason for the disorganization. There really was no proper place for folded clothing as he didn’t have a dresser. Hmmm… what could a DIY mom do in a quick pinch a mere few hours before delivery?

Learn how to transform standard shelving into industrial-styled shipping crate stenciled shelves with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, hemp oil and paint! What a difference! Click to full tutorial.

That’s when my eyes fell on my curb-side found shelving unit that was actually in my way. I was using it in my garage workshop and meant to give it a permanent home. But it appears it was destined to go elsewhere. And it would fit perfectly in his closet!

Thing is, my son doesn’t like old looking junk. So I debated on how I could do a quick revamp that still had some style but didn’t appear too brand new… the best of both of our worlds.

BAM! I could do an upscale reclaimed look!

So… I got to work, turning a typical put-together garage shelving unit into an Industrial Shipping Crate Stamped shelf!

Of course, this look would be totally cool for new Ikea shelving as well! Maybe even better. And can be used for anything, right down to fine living room furniture. Trust me… it was hard to let it go once done!

However, I put my kiddo first this round, and made it happen in a couple of hours so I could deliver it that night with his freshly laundered clothes!

How I created a Shipping Crate Stamped industrial shelf


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Supplies I used:

Shipping Crate Stamps stencil from HERE

A put-together shelving unit (Ikea is also an excellent source)

Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black
(find a local Fusion merchant from HERE)

Hemp Oil from Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint & Fusion Mineral Paint

Fine grit sandpaper – I used 320

Paint brush

Palm sander

Cordless drill and bits


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How I did it:

Shipping crate stenciled shelves Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

Learn how to transform standard shelving into industrial-styled shipping crate stenciled shelves with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, hemp oil and paint! What a difference! Click to full tutorial.

1. Clean, then sand the shelving unit from top to bottom.

2. Take apart, then paint the shelf supports with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black.

That description doesn’t quite fit the above picture does it? Nope it does not! I decided to share my error so you can avoid doing the same!

Since I wanted this project done yesterday, I attempted to paint the supports while the shelving was still assembled. This proved to slow me down… I had to cut in and be so careful, plus I couldn’t get all the nooks and crannies. It just ended up looking incomplete. And messy.

So I rummaged for a drill and bit and unassembled the unit so I could go quicker! And do it right.

Learn how to transform standard shelving into industrial-styled shipping crate stenciled shelves with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, hemp oil and paint! What a difference! Click to full tutorial.

Now THIS was the way to do it… if you have the choice.

Learn how to transform standard shelving into industrial-styled shipping crate stenciled shelves with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, hemp oil and paint! What a difference! Click to full tutorial.

Learn how to transform standard shelving into industrial-styled shipping crate stenciled shelves with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, hemp oil and paint! What a difference! Click to full tutorial.

Learn how to transform standard shelving into industrial-styled shipping crate stenciled shelves with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, hemp oil and paint! What a difference! Click to full tutorial.

Get Shipping Crate Stamps stencil from HERE

2. Stencil Shipping Crate Stamps stamps onto the bare wood shelving, with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black.

This part was the most fun of all! Selecting random and even parts of sayings, I scattered the placement of the stenciled images to resemble that they were made from a cut down shipping crate.

Deciding which shelf would go where helped me design the placement so it didn’t look ‘so planned’.

Learn how to transform standard shelving into industrial-styled shipping crate stenciled shelves with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, hemp oil and paint! What a difference! Click to full tutorial.

Learn how to transform standard shelving into industrial-styled shipping crate stenciled shelves with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, hemp oil and paint! What a difference! Click to full tutorial.

3. Apply hemp oil to the wood shelving and supports.

4. Before dry, wet-sand over supports and shelves with a very fine grit sandpaper (I used 320) while the hemp oil was still wet, to create a butter-smooth finish.

I LOVED the outcome as-is for myself, however I felt that the wood looked a little too reclaimed for my son’s liking. So I decided to treat the wood with hemp oil for several reasons:

Why I used hemp oil:

  • it seals and protects the wood
  • it gives a matte paint a satin finish
  • it hides fingerprints on dark colours
  • you can wet-sand with it, to create the most butter-smooth finish possible

I squirted the hemp oil on the wood, then spread it around covering all the wood surfaces with a soft cloth. I then lightly sanded it with a high grit sandpaper until the finish I desired was achieved. Then I buffed off the remainder of the oil.

And ohhhhh my goodness. What an instant difference the addition of hemp oil made! Isn’t this stunning against those black supports?! JUST The look I was after!

Hemp oil can really change the tone of a given wood dramatically, so I suggest to test an area to ensure it’s the look you desire. This aged pine shelving leaned towards an orange tone, while an antique wood could go very dark.

How to wet sand:

Apply hemp oil and spread evenly. While still wet, sand with a very high-grit sandpaper to achieve the most buttery-smooth finish ever! Allow to sit for a few moments, then wipe off the excess.

Learn how to transform standard shelving into industrial-styled shipping crate stenciled shelves with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, hemp oil and paint! What a difference! Click to full tutorial.

5. Assemble the shelving unit once dry, positioning shelving where desired.

It really helped to start the screws before attaching the shelves. 

If you do this with Ikea shelving, you’ll likely have an allen wrench that comes with the kit. But if you use a drill bit, you’ll be able to work much quicker.

Learn how to transform standard shelving into industrial-styled shipping crate stenciled shelves with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, hemp oil and paint! What a difference! Click to full tutorial.

And there it was. Done! Complete! SO fast! So I allowed it to cure outdoors until it was dry.

But not before I quickly played with it a little…

Learn how to transform standard shelving into industrial-styled shipping crate stenciled shelves with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, hemp oil and paint! What a difference! Click to full tutorial.

Isn’t that the cutest thing?!

I love the idea of extra shelving you can lug outside to help with outdoor entertaining on an as-needed basis since these shelves are light enough to do just that.

In hindsight, I wish I had more time to stage it different ways (my mind was racing with ideas!) but it had to be loaded up quick.

And since I delivered it at night, no chance of a shot in my son’s closet. Perhaps in the future…

But if you put your visionary cap on, this would look cute used as anything!

Learn how to transform standard shelving into industrial-styled shipping crate stenciled shelves with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, hemp oil and paint! What a difference! Click to full tutorial.

Learn how to transform standard shelving into industrial-styled shipping crate stenciled shelves with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, hemp oil and paint! What a difference! Click to full tutorial.

Learn how to transform standard shelving into industrial-styled shipping crate stenciled shelves with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, hemp oil and paint! What a difference! Click to full tutorial.

Learn how to transform standard shelving into industrial-styled shipping crate stenciled shelves with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, hemp oil and paint! What a difference! Click to full tutorial.

Learn how to transform standard shelving into industrial-styled shipping crate stenciled shelves with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, hemp oil and paint! What a difference! Click to full tutorial.

Learn how to transform standard shelving into industrial-styled shipping crate stenciled shelves with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils, hemp oil and paint! What a difference! Click to full tutorial.

The only thing I don’t like about it?

That it isn’t in my house. I guess I’ll be making another…


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Click above to view a short 2 minute video of the process!

Music: Acoustic Breeze by www.bensound.com

Lucky kiddo, huh?

Check out other Shipping Crate Stamp or shelf projects at:

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Reclaimed wood crate stamped paint shelf

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Ikea stained industrial farmhouse shelf (how to extend to ceiling)

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    • He said yes… when I asked. He doesn’t really take much notice on things like that. I think after all is said and done, whatever I make for him is really DIY therapy for me! haha

  1. Oh donna..this is lovely! Yes I agree,bringing it up several notches from rustic to a nice smooth rich looking piece..awesome! 👏 👏👏👏

  2. Great idea, and would work wonderfully in a closet. Even add a crate to a shelf for socks… Great as is, but like you said, so many possibilities. A piece that could be used anywhere. Your son was blessed, I am sure.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. It looks amazing! I was thinking it looked pretty good when it started but it looks amazing now! Well done!

    I’m now living on Paros, a small greek island, in a tiny one bedroom apartment with a tiny patio front and back and my tools are still in storage. I lack space to work and am going crazy with the need to make things!!!

    Soon I hope… fingers crossed…

  4. That is THE coolest thing you’ve made yet! (And that’s saying a lot!) I absolutely love that! And you’re awesome to let it go. 😉 Even if your son isn’t appropriately impressed, I bet he’ll get TONS of compliments on it from visitors!