Painted Pallet Crate DIY Shelves

Updated April 03, 2023
Painted Pallet Crate DIY Shelves
Painted Pallet Crate DIY Shelves
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Revamp old pallet crates into a DIY shelving unit with this tutorial. These Painted Pallet Crate DIY Shelves are both functional and fun. Pallet crates, with their size, are excellent for DIY storage. However, even though it's fun to have a rustic look, plain pallet crates can get a little drab. That's where this DIY project comes in. Whether you enjoy the pretty purple hues featured here, or want to pick out your own color scheme, these painted DIY shelves are sure to be a fabulous addition to your home. 

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Estimated Cost$31+

Time to CompleteWeekend project


Primary TechniqueRepurposing


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Gray Owl, 2 oz. Item #2656 
  • FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - Metallic Gold, 8 oz. Item #34804
  • FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Wood Tint - Walnut, 8 oz. Item #34854 
  • FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - Maui Sand, 8 oz. Item #34932 
  • FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - Turkish Tile, 8 oz. Item #36020 
  • FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - Cobblestone, 8 oz. Item #36021
  • FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - English Lavender, 8 oz. Item #36022
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Maroon, 2 oz. Item #415  
  • Two small CD crates
  • Four large crates
  • Large brush
  • Soft cotton rag
  • Three large mason jars
  • Sandpaper

DIY Project Instructions

  1. Tint or Stain the outside of each crate with Walnut Wood Tint. Allow to dry.

  2. Paint inside of each crate color shown in photo, let dry and apply second coat. Sand lightly.

  3. Stack and assemble crates as desired to create small shelf unit.

  4. Wash and dry mason jars. Paint jars with Metallic Gold Chalk paint and let dry. Sand jars to create distressed look. Paint bottom of each jar with FolkArt Maroon, let dry.

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What a fun and neat way to customize a shelving unit for your needs, style, and space. I love how versatile this project is so you can make it fit your needs. I can see making one of these to put on the wall in the kids room for stuffed animals, hats, small books, and other items.

I think this is a great way to create your own style and size of shelving. You could even make your own crates from pallet wood to keep the cost down. If that is not an option, I have seen these types of crates offered for sale at craft stores and home improvement stores. I do like the way the crates are painted. I also like the idea of decoupaging some vintage-style floral papers on to the crates for a fantastic vintage look. How would you finish your crates for a custom look for your home?

I am in need of bookshelves! I love how simple these are and how rustic they look. I'm officially on the hunt for pallet crates.


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