Friday, January 18, 2013

Shipping Crate Desk

My neighbor called me a couple of weeks ago and gave me this…

A huge shipping crate!  Yesss!

After thinking about it for a few minutes…
I knew exactly what I wanted to do… a computer desk.
We only have one computer desk for two people…and I wanted one of my own.
A custom piece for me… yay!
I was in the middle of working on my Winter Mantel Display when I put everything on hold to work on this.
So… the tearing and ripping apart began!!
Shipping Crate Desk (2) Shipping Crate Desk (3)
The crate was way too tall for a desk… so I had to cut it down to size.
Then… it was off to Lowes (only a couple of times) to buy wood for trim and slats.
Shipping Crate Desk (5)
After cutting the crate down… I reframed each side with a combo of new and left over wood.
I also cut some wood slats to glue inside each frame and then roughly painted the whole thing black.
Shipping Crate Desk (4)
It got really cold outside so I had to move the operation indoors!
(I don’t have a workshop so the living room, the kitchen and the back porch became the workshop)
Next, I painted the whole thing white/cream and added some moulding.
Finally, I cut a table top from scrap wood and did a decoupage, paper bag, faux leather look to it.  I sealed it with a few coats of Polycrylic.
Here is the final piece…
My One-of-a-Kind,
Custom Built Shipping Crate Desk! Smile
Shipping Crate Desk
  Shipping Crate Desk (1)  Shipping Crate Desk (4)
As for the molding or moulding
Shipping Crate Desk (2)  Shipping Crate Desk (6)
I had old canvas frames from my painting days and used two of those on the front of the crate.  I found the corner pieces at Lowes and used them for the bottom corners.… along with shoe molding for the whole thing…
Shipping Crate Desk (7)
This is what it looks like from the inside… I secured the sides with cut corner pieces.  I may add a shelf in there later.
Shipping Crate Desk (5)
And this is my black faux leather table top.  I glued and then screwed the top down from the underside.  The top is not perfect… in fact it has a little warpage to it.  BUT… it didn’t cost me anything and I can take a little warpage… especially since I don’t even notice it when I’m using it.
Shipping Crate Desk (3)
All this building reminded me of the Crate Table I built a couple of years ago!
Wasn’t sure where I was going to put this desk at first.
Shipping Crate Desk (2)  Shipping Crate Desk
Yes… we have an office but the hubs likes to sit in there and watch TV while on the computer… as I do, too. 
we don’t always like to watch the same programs.
Shipping Crate Desk (1)
Therefore… for now… I will put it in the corner of my living room.
Post coming soon!
OK… I said soon didn’t I…lol?  Click Here to see it how my desk looks in the living room!
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  1. Fabulous repurpose!! It's an amazing desk Kendra - bravo!!

    1. Thanks Becky! Thinking about publishing a second post today of where I put it and what it looks like in the room.

  2. WOW! Awesome of your friend to give you that! I love what you made out of it! Awesome job! Beautiful!!!!

    1. Thank you... yes...they were going to toss it out... glad they thought of me!

  3. That is awesome! I found you through ucreate. Thanks for sharing your talents!

    1. Thanks Bobbie for letting me know... after you told me I went to check it out... so sweet of them!!

  4. Holy molly!! It is absolutely gorgeous, I can't believe you made that from a shipping crate. Way to see the potential, hat off to you! And I love the finishing, the aged look, it's just perfect! Only thing missing is storage... but you got a great base anyway.

    1. Thanks Gen! Yes, I agree... I plan to maybe add a shelf or drawer later on? We'll see... for now it will just be for my laptop. Thanks for stopping by!!

  5. OH MY GOODNESS! The sunshine is amazing and I'd love to live there because with the sunshine comes working and building and lots of sunshine kind of tasks and then I'd be so inspired and then I'd stop over and bring you your favorite beverage and watch you chisel and hammer and paint and tell you how I thought you were so fantastic in all that you were doing and then we'd go for lunch and we'd come back to your house and I'd watch you hammer again and maybe go for a quick run to Lowes and then we'd have a chocolate dessert, well, really after all that hard work and then I'd be all like, Kendra, girl, you rock and then we'd wait for the desk to dry...which could take at least an hour, so we'd laugh and sing together and nibble at the rest of the chocolate treat and then I'd help you find a place for your creation. I would be so tired. But it would ALL be SO worth it working TOGETHER in that TN sunshine!



  6. I just found your site today and I'm in love with so many of your projects! This desk is amazing and now I'm going to have to ask my hubby's boss to save any shipping crates they may get (he works for a plumbing/heating business and they get stuff shipped in crates all the time) I could definitely use a desk like this! I think I may just have to become a follower here! ;)

    1. Thanks Beth! Glad you are inspired to make a desk of your own! I am so enjoying mine. How awesome that you have a supply source for crates... yay! :) There are so many things you can do with them!

  7. I love this idea. It looks amazing.

  8. Very creative way to think outside of the box! Thank you for sharing with us!

  9. Wow, what a great transformation! Found you through Roadkill Rescue!


  10. FABulous job and reinvention!
    --your newest follower!

  11. That is super creative! I love everything about it. I'm so glad I found your blog through Roadkill Rescue. :) Megan

    1. Thanks Megan! Beckie was so sweet to feature it! Thanks for stopping by!!

  12. What an inspiring idea. Wouldn't it also make a great sales counter in a shop?
    Thanks for sharing!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna / White Oak Studio Designs / SW Michigan
    Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations
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    1. Yes, it would... it was probably tall enough, too... before I cut it down! Thanks for stopping by Donna!

  13. Wonderful creation! Who knew an old shipping crate could turn into a functional desk? Your blog title fits you as you really are creative! Crates are useful when moving and shipping your stuff long distance, but if you don't have any plan to use it for that reason, then better turn it into something useful. =) [ ]

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  15. Wow! Good job turning this shipping crate into a useful furniture. Has your neighbor seen this? I’m sure he/she wouldn’t think that this was the crate that he/she gave you. It looks beautifully shabby!
    Renea Luong @ Legacy

  16. This is a wonderful way to reuse a wooden crate. I never thought they had much use other than shipping items in a secure manner. I really think you have opened my eyes to the craft world with this one.
    Cynthia |

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