Rustic Ikea crate coffee station
Last summer, I had picked up some Ikea crates to make a few herb-themed planters.
Ikea crates are really nice quality, super easy to assemble, plus come untreated, making them a dream supply to create with!
I used the smaller sizes for the herbs and flowers crates, but it’s the one large one I didn’t do anything with yet! Until now…
Back when I stained the others, I also stained the large one as well, using Fusion’s Stain and Finishing Oil, mixing my special blend of Golden Pine and Cappuccino.
You can see how I mix the stains in THIS post.
And how I stained the crates in THIS post.
But it wasn’t until I received a lovely gift for Christmas that my coffee station needs suddenly changed.
That’s a good thing in my house… it keeps me creative!
I’m now the proud owner of a lovely case of organic tea in all different flavours. It’s been my most treasured and longest lasting gift, choosing a different one each evening!
But my current little crate you can see in my Christmas home tour HERE (on the right side) didn’t cut it any longer. I needed something a little larger to house the new larger case of tea, along with the sugar, honey, and ground coffee.
As I’ve been adding winter touches to my upstairs, I decided this was a great time to upgrade the coffee station before taking pictures!
Rummaging around my crate stash, my eyes landed on the large Ikea crate. It was busy doing something else, but nothing a quick dump out wouldn’t cure!
It really was the perfect size to house that tea case.
The crate was dry-fit on the kitchen counter to ensure the size would fit ok, and it did! Yay!
As much as I love crates as-is, I felt I could improve it with a few additions to make it more productive and of course… even cuter!
Here’s what I did…
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Rustic Ikea crate coffee station
Supplies I used:
Ikea Crate – large
Fusion Mineral Paint’s Stain & Finishing Oil in Golden Pine and Cappuccino
1. After the crate was stained then assembled, a fence plank was cut to fit the width of the inside of the crate, then painted in Fusion’s Coal Black.
To view the stenciling part, click the video near the bottom of this post.
You can also learn how to stencil from THIS post.
Mounting the shelf:
3. A roll of masking tape was placed on top of the tea case, then positioned inside the crate to use as a shelf height guide. The plank of wood was placed on top.
This worked great, and saved a ton of endless measuring!
4. Holes were predrilled from the outside of the crate, then screws were added to secure the shelf.
And this cutie-pie rustic crate coffee station was officially complete!
It’s super productive, and chimes in perfectly with my own rustic style.
Plus… the quickest build ever.
While I really love using reclaimed wood for my projects, if one can find some quality readily available supplies, that really enhances productivity big time! Sometimes it’s just nice not having to make every little thing from scratch.
You can see loads of other helpful IKEA supplies I’ve used in THESE POSTS.
And as long as there’s a way to rustic-it up, I’m all for it!
So I grabbed a couple of aqua pottery bowls, added tea bags in one and coffee in the other, got some cups in place which proved it would indeed work!
And egads. I’ve yet to share the finished results from aqua pottery bowls
Because that squishy bowl on the right was a mistake which turned out to be my fav piece! It’s worth a post in itself. I’ll put this back on the list of posts to share.
Because most sides and the inside parts of the crate were themed with a mix of coffee and crate stencils, I decided on Handle With Love along the top since this was about my beloved coffee after all… 😉
Tongue-in-cheek messages keep ya smirkin’.
This cute crate coffee station is a handy little thing to have if you are also tight for space in your kitchen.
And theming it just so makes even more enticing!
This of course could also double as a wall shelf, and equally as cute positioned vertical.
Here’s how it got so cute… click below to watch the short video of the stenciling process.
Watch short video above for the thought and stencil process of the crate!
I’ve always endorsed using crates or benches or whatever to double up counter space, and so far, I’m thinking this one is my fav!
So consider this a sneak peek of the winter tour infused with cozy ‘warm’ blues.. coming very soon!
What do you think? Could a little rustic Ikea crate coffee station enhance your own kitchen too?
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