Tool Storage for Garage or Craft Space

Tool Storage for Garage or Craft Space

Posted by DecoArt on Jan 4th 2016

No matter what your talent, keep the tools of your trade in this wall crate with an antique flair.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • sandpaper
    • pencil
    • screwdriver
    • 3/4" flat brush
    • finishing nails
    • wood glue
    • cosmetic sponge
    • hammer
    • pliers
    • hand saw
    • drill and small drill bit
    • knob
    • brads
    • tall wall crate



    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Thoroughly sand the entire crate surface. (The smoother the wood, the more grain will show through when painting.) Wipe away any sanding dust with a paper towel.
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Remove the top slat. (This one came off simply pulling with hands, but use a hammer or crow bar if necessary.) Remove the nails with pliers.
    4. Instruction #2
    5. Turn over the half-crate and adhere the slat on the top with wood glue. (Use finishing nails for extra hold.)
    6. Instruction #3
    7. On the underside of the crate, mark holes where you would like the screwdrivers to hang through. (Shown: These are on the left side of the crate.) Drill the holes using a drill gun and drill bit.
    8. Instruction #4
    9. Optional: Add texture to the entire piece to create a worn look. Use pliers, screwdrivers, and a saw to create texture. Sand away any pieces of wood sticking up.
    10. Instruction #5
    11. In small sections, brush on Bittersweet with a 3/4" flat brush. While the paint is still wet, wipe away with a paper towel for a stained look. Repeat until the entire crate is covered.
    12. Instruction #6
    13. With a 3/4" flat brush, dry-brush Black Tie onto the edges and corners of the crate to create an even more aged look.
    14. Instruction #7
    15. Hammer in small brads onto the front slat and bottom section.
    16. Instruction #8
    17. Using the Americana Button Alphabet Stencil, stencil on wording in Mushroom with a cosmetic sponge. (Shown: These read "screwdriver", "pliers", and "misc".)
    18. Instruction #9
    19. Mark and drill the holes where the knobs will be attached. (Shown: These are behind the wood slat to hide the screw.) Attach the knobs.
    20. Instruction #10