Home Improvement

DIY: Colorful Storage Crates

Keep clutter at bay using pieces you can recycle

Photography: Alyssa Roxas

More often than not, we find ourselves stepping on toys, books, and other knickknacks whenever kids are out and about at home. Aside from teaching them where to return their prized possessions, it would help if they have a special storage piece for their favorites, too! Turn old wooden crates into reliable and colorful storage buddies with this project:

What you need:

  • Wooden crates (P250 each, source for something similar at Wilcon Depot and Dapitan Arcade)
  • Sandpaper (P24.75, Wilcon Depot)
  • Mini paint roller (P44.75, Wilcon Depot)
  • 1” paint brush (P20, available at National Book Store and Wilcon Depot)
  • 1/2” brush (P14.75, available at National Book Store and Wilcon Depot)
  • Colored acrylic paint (Use water-based quick dry enamel paint like Davies Bio-fresh Mid-sheen. A liter of the Bio-fresh Lime Bright used in this project costs P330, available at Wilcon Depot)


1. Prepare your wooden crates for the project. Using sandpaper, polish the crates and make sure there are no rough edges.

2. Using the mini paint roller, cover and paint the inside of the crate. Make sure you cover all the cracks and crevices—to do this, you can use the 1" and 1/2” brushes.

RL Tip: When it comes to choosing the colors for your project, make sure your chosen hues work well with the rest of your interiors. If you're placing the crates inside your kid's room, you can work with pastel shades or bright colors that pop.

3. For this project, you can work with two to three coats of paint. Don't forget to paint the inside edges of the crate.

4. Once done, let it dry outside for an hour or two.

5. Use the crates to organize stuffed toys, books, and other kiddie must-haves.

RL Tips:

  • Your colorful storage crates can be part of your kiddie room vignette. You can stack two crates on top of each other or create a shelf arrangement that takes up one side of the wall. Simply line them up and fill it with belongings.
  • Don't be afraid to mix-and-match colors and crates. Since these pieces aren't fixed or attached to the wall, you can easily change the display and experiment with the look.
  • Aside from placing one to three crates inside your kid's room, you can also place one in the bathroom to hold towels and toiletries; and another crate in your bedroom to organize magazines or shoes.

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