Vintage Wooden Crate Side Table

Rise and shine guys and happpppppppppy Monday!! Wanna know what I did this weekend?! I finally finished our taxes and I’m absolutely thrilled about it. I’ve been dreading it for so long now, but yesterday I finally decided to sit my booty down and get it done. And even though it took me several hours, it wasn’t as awful as I thought it would be. However, I should add that I didn’t actually do my taxes, I just got everything prepared for the super smart tax lady that does them for us. Because yeah. I don’t do well with math and fancy legal things. And sheesh, it takes me long enough to get everything ready before the taxing can even be done! Anyway, I’m SO glad that’s finished and ready to go. And guess what else I did this weekend?! I went to an awesome antique show and I found some pretty incredible stuff. I actually came across the cutest booth ever and the cutest little lady that had the most AMAZING antiques. I seriously felt like a kid in a candy store going through all her finds! I ended up buying several things, one of which was the coolest wooden crate I’ve ever seen. It was actually a shipping crate for an old fan (which you know I am obsessed with) so I had to snag it. But the coolest part of all is that it still has the original label and it’s basically in perfect condition. It’s really rare to find a crate like that, so I was absolutely thrilled. I brought home and we promptly turned into the cutest side table in all the land! Here’s what it looked like when I bought it:

Antique wooden crate

So cool, right?! That label is in perfect condition, which is really hard to come by. And you know how much I love my vintage fans, so to actually have a wooden crate that one was shipped in decades ago is pretty neat.

Thankfully there was a lid on the bottom of the crate, so we just had to remove that and screw four table legs into the corners. Seriously so easy and so fast. We stained the table legs and that was it. BOOM. DONE.

Vintage Wooden Crate Side Table

Vintage Wooden Crate Side Table

Vintage Wooden Crate Side Table Vintage Wooden Crate Side Table Vintage Wooden Crate Side Table

I did a little research and it looks like this fan is probably like the one that was in the crate. And that label on the side was the shipping label. This was shipped to Kansas, probably sometime in the late 1930s. Someone probably really needed a good fan in that Kansas summer heat!

Vintage Wooden Crate Side Table Vintage Wooden Crate Side Table

Vintage Wooden Crate Side Table

What’s funny about this project is that I was just looking online about a week ago for a side table for this exact spot. I wanted something with dark wood tones and I was looking for one that was more narrow than the table we had. Then all of a sudden along comes this vintage crate and bada bing bada boom–I have the perfect side table! I absolutely LOOOOOOVE this thing. I mean, how cool is it to have a wooden crate with a label like that? I’m so smitten with it and I think it adds the perfect touch of character and charm to our living room. I hope you guys like it too. And I can’t wait to share the other goodies I got from the antique show this weekend. Stay tuned!!

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  1. Lisa wrote:

    Too cute!!

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  2. Jeanette Vincent wrote:

    Love it!

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  3. Ashley wrote:

    This is beautiful!! I’m looking for something exactly like it. I have a small spot right next to a chair. I’ve scoured the internet for a tablenthat would work, but I haven’t found anything. Do you have any idea where these type of crates can be found? Etsy? Any online sources? I couldn’t believe it when you posted this. It was like an answered prayer! Thanks for sharing your life with us!

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
    • Sherri wrote:

      I have an old dental cabinet crate that I found in the basement of our 1903 home 🙂 The former owner had of course practiced dentistry:)

      Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  4. Karen wrote:

    Hi Sarah!
    The crate looks wonderful! Now all I have to do is find one for myself! 😉

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  5. Donna Bergthold wrote:

    Super cute Sarah! You’re so darn creative!

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  6. Beth Evans wrote:

    Could you tell me where you got the lamp that is on the crate table? I am looking for something similar for my bedroom. Thank you! The crate turned out amazing but everything you do is SO cute! My husband gets forwarded your projects regularly to recreate! I am sure he would thank you if he could! 🙂

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  7. Julie wrote:

    Love your new crate table! You are so creative and talented!!

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  8. Shannon wrote:

    So cute! Love all the house plants, if they’re artificial where is the best place to buy them? Yours look so real.

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  9. Michelle wrote:

    Oh my word, Sarah!!! How amazing to find this and use as an end table! I need your imagination!! Lol Such a lovely piece and it looks so good there! I love how it warms up the room even more, your house is amazing!!! Love!

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  10. Juli wrote:

    Super cute!

    Where did you find your curtain panels? Have been looking for something with some detail at the top but I’m coming up empty – yours are cute without being too fussy…..


    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  11. Dena wrote:

    This is totally AWESOME Sarah!!! Great JOB!!!

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  12. Sandee wrote:

    That’s amazing. I absolutely love things like this. Great job making it work for a side table.
    I need to find a booth like that at a vintage market. 😉😄

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  13. Jenifer Scherlin wrote:

    Dang lady!! How do you dream up this stuff?? LOVE IT!! It looks like it was made for that space!!
    So, I have a question for you – since you are turning into a decorating expert! What would you suggest
    doing with 3 round wooden boxes? They are like the old cheese boxes but I got them from a lady that works
    at Trader Joe’s. She was demonstrating this fabulous bourbon cake before Christmas and I had asked what
    they did with the containers. She ended up just GIVING SOME TO ME! But, now I have no idea what to do
    with them. They are a very light, almost white wood. Ideas???? Thanks!!

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  14. Brenda Johnson wrote:

    Eeeek, that is amazing! If I saw that I would definitely scoop it up too, so fun!

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  15. Teresa wrote:

    Hi Sarah. Absolutely love your creativity in creating this beautiful piece from the crate you bought from me at the market. Stunning! I do have a few other vintage crates, similar in age and beauty, that are available if anyone locally (Denver area and vicinity) is interested. Just jump over to my Instagram page and send a PM.

    Was so much fun visiting with you at the market and now, finding your Blog, now marked as a Favorite. Plan to be at the same market next year, with new treasures to add to the mix and hope to see you again.

    Take care,
    Teresa at “Pretty Pickins”

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  16. Deedra wrote:

    What a pretty crate!!! Isn’t it so much better to use such a vintage piece as a side table rather than purchasing a new table? And again I love the label with the black that ties into other pieces in your room.

    Posted 3.5.18 Reply
  17. Ivory wrote:

    I l-o-v-e this side table you made. Fabulous! What an excellent idea. Thank you so much.

    Posted 3.6.18 Reply
  18. Jenn wrote:

    Are you kidding me?!?! This is INCREDIBLE!! What a lucky, gorgeous find! Well done!!

    Posted 3.8.18 Reply
  19. Rebecca Godsalve wrote:

    Lol, I have the fan and just came across an old chalkboard Ike that one, happy to know they are display worthy, wasn’t sure. Just the deep thoughts I needed today, Cudos !

    Posted 6.20.18 Reply

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