Rustic Ikea crate coffee station

Learn how to make a rustic Ikea crate coffee station with coffee and crate stencils from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils! #funkyjunkinteriors #ikea #ikeahack #coffee #coffeestation #crates

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…

How to stain an Ikea crate with Fusion's Stain and Finishing Oil to give it a rustic appearance!

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!

A Christmas tour of a rustic kitchen with a Ski Hill winter sign as a coffee station.

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!

Learn how to make a rustic Ikea crate coffee station with coffee and crate stencils from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils! #funkyjunkinteriors #ikea #ikeahack #coffee #coffeestation #crates

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

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Supplies I used:

Stencils: Fresh Coffee / Shipping Crate Stamps / Valentine Crates

Ikea Crate – large

Fusion Mineral Paint’s Stain & Finishing Oil in Golden Pine and Cappuccino

Wood plank

Fusion’s Coal Black

Find a local Fusion Mineral Paint retailer HERE


How to add a plank painted in Fusion's Coal Black inside a crate to create a rustic Ikea crate coffee station!

How-to:

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.

2. The outside of the crate was stenciled in various coffee and crate designs to chime in with its new duty as a coffee station!

To view the stenciling part, click the video near the bottom of this post.

You can also learn how to stencil from THIS post.

Stencils used:

Fresh Coffee / Shipping Crate Stamps / Valentine Crates

How to add a shelf inside of a create to make shelving.

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.

Learn how to make a rustic Ikea crate coffee station with coffee and crate stencils from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils! #funkyjunkinteriors #ikea #ikeahack #coffee #coffeestation #crates

The reveal:

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!

Learn how to make a rustic Ikea crate coffee station with coffee and crate stencils from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils! #funkyjunkinteriors #ikea #ikeahack #coffee #coffeestation #crates

Cute, right?!

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.

Learn how to make a rustic Ikea crate coffee station with coffee and crate stencils from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils! #funkyjunkinteriors #ikea #ikeahack #coffee #coffeestation #crates

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’.

Learn how to make a rustic Ikea crate coffee station with coffee and crate stencils from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils! #funkyjunkinteriors #ikea #ikeahack #coffee #coffeestation #crates

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.


Video Below

 


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Watch short video above for the thought and stencil process of the crate!

Learn how to make a rustic Ikea crate coffee station with coffee and crate stencils from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils! #funkyjunkinteriors #ikea #ikeahack #coffee #coffeestation #crates

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?

Other related posts you may enjoy:

Learn how to stencil this Buffalo Check Coffee themed TV tray!

Coffee-themed projects HERE

Learn how to make a variety of different rustic coffee stations using crates, benches, and more! Shown is a charming hot cocoa station made with a crate.

Coffee station ideas HERE

Hot Cocoa Stations HERE

Learn how to stain and stencil Ikea crates into the cutest Herb crates ever!

Crate projects HERE

Visit all the rest of my stencil projects HERE

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  1. Hi Donna! I love my coffee and i would love this coffee station. I just love your rustic style so much. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Donna, a great use for a crate. I’m hoping to make one myself. Got the crate and putting a shelf in it enables one to make use of more space. Your squishy blue bowl is unique and wonderful. One can see why it is your favorite. Thanks for sharing.