Wooden Crate Love

I love old crates.  I’m always drawn to them in antique stores, whether I have a space for one in my home or not. It’s particularly fun when the print on them feels near and dear to your heart.  I was sold on my last two crate purchases when I read their print.  We lived in Delaware for five years so you can imagine my excitement when I found this one!

from Wilmington, Delaware


I have another crate that has my hometown on it.   How can you not buy one that has such a personal connection to you?!

Here is a glimpse at how others have used their crates:

in the bathroom…
source real simple
as a bookshelf..
via pinterest
as a rolling storage cart…
via pinterest
as a coffee table…
via the swenglish home

My crates often migrate around my house, depending on the season and on my mood.  But right now, this is how they are being used.

in my laundry room to hold detergent and clothespins…
this is my delaware crate
plates and napkin holder when entertaining…
this was a gift from a good friend
as a bedside table…
this one has my hometown printed on it
as a shadow box or to display framed pictures….
this is my $3 bargain (and I still have a second one in my garage!)
I love that all of them have a story. Even if it’s just a $3 bargain from an antique sale.  They all feel personal and find a unique spot in my house.
Don’t you love old wooden crates?!  I’m sure you do…how couldn’t you!?
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  1. I too, love old wooden crates or boxes, in fact, all old wooden stuff. Love the way you have used yours, especially the one with the photos. Happy New Year.
    Audrey Z. Timeless Treasures.

  2. I love the old crates, and the ways you have used them! I've stashed a few in the garage, not being creative about how I might use them. Now, I think I should dig them out and do something with them! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  3. Helena, The Swenglish Home says:

    Hi Jen,

    Being a crate lover too, I think you have made great use of your crates around the house.

    I am not surprised you have had so many hits on your blog in such a short time – it is full of ideas and great how-to-make-it instructions. And your children are gorgeous!

    Good luck with your blog. I wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

    Helena, The Swenglish Home

  4. Love the crates… Especially ones with the old trademarks and sales marks on them. Each looks like its own little piece of Americana. When we make over the basement, I hope to incorporate a few rustic crates.

  5. Crates are so awesome for so many things. I love it when I find one that endears me to it. Love how you’ve used them in your home!

  6. Just found your blog today and I’ve been reading through the archives. I saw a similar Atlas Powder crate today at an antique shop in town (I live in Joplin, Missouri)! We had an Atlas Powder Company here, too, (or what used to be called Atlas) so I’m assuming it might have been a branch of the one in Delaware? Small world!

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