Custom crates can be built to order that will fit the particular needs and sizes that you may have for a wide variety of projects. Wooden crates have been made for over 1,000 years and differ in size based on the dimensions needed for a specific use. They can be open or can be closed with a slatted sliding lid, be with or without hand holes for easy carrying, can be stackable or different sizes in a nesting design, and much more depending on their requirements.
Wooden wine crates, especially those created by select wineries to store and protect their precious wines, are terrific conversation pieces and can also be turned into stunning imaginative interior decorations. The vintage ones even have the unique logo of the winery where they were produced, many of which are masterpieces of royalty, priceless art, and a record of historical moments.
Those older crates can be used “as is” with a “shabby-chic” look, or they can be repaired, refurbished, and hand-sanded to remove imperfections, provide an appealing and smooth texture, and can be restored to their original flawless perfection.
To make new wine crates look old and vintage, the easy, quick, and cheap way is to put on three coats of a pine varnish and then look online for a wine dealer’s printable form of actual vintage labels to transfer onto the crate.
Wine crates not only hold wine, but they quickly capture the imagination. Ask your family members and friends to save their empty wine crates and give them to you. The crates can be used as storage units of all shapes and sizes, décor of various sorts in any room of the house or outdoors, or inexpensive store displays if you are in business. More uses include neatly keeping LP records and magazines, as flower holders with numerous arrangements of fresh or artificial blooms, made into a coffee table with storage, as small mountable shelves in the kitchen or bathroom, a bookcase with several crates put together, in the garden to hold tools, or any other do-it-yourself idea that comes to mind.