Junkers United – Repurposed Milk Crate Stool

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If this is your first time visiting from the Junkers United group – welcome!  I am so excited to be joining with such a great group of ladies.  If you would like to see my past projects that involve “junk”, you can visit my upcylced projects or my reclaimed rustic wood DIY projects.

And if you are wondering what Junkers United is – it is a group of bloggers sharing what they made with something others might consider “junk”.  Today I am sharing a simple and fun project – that conquers one more thing in my garage hoard collections – repurposed milk crate stool.

I found this table in our kitchen, with the stool, at an estate sale a few years ago.  I had been considering buying it, with two stools from Pottery Barn, but the price kept me from pulling the trigger.  I was ecstatic when I found it and brought it home.


I have tried several different items here, but I am loving the way this looks.  The different heights, the wood material – and I am in love with almost anything galvanized.  Now it can be a quick little seat in a pinch in the family room or a step stool – but while it waits, it is as cute as can be.

And it was super simple.  I started with just a galvanized milk crate that has been in our garage forever.


By simply cutting a board to the size of the top and rounding the corners, we drilled right into the top corners.  For the style of this stool, I liked it exposed and didn’t try to hide it.


Add cross boards to the bottom – for these, drill in from the sides to hold it in place (drilling right through the metal and grabbing the wood).  To the boards, casters were added.  Both the top piece and bottom cross bars were stained.


I loved the writing on the sides, so I used that to create the top.




I used my favorite transfer method – simple print out your words on your printer (I used Beba font) – fill in the back of the letters with the lead of a pencil, tape it in place and trace.


The lead will transfer through and the simply fill in with black paint.


After it dried, I lightly sanded it and then lightly coated it with a dark wax.


Besides the fact that it is galvanized, I think one of the things I love the most is that it is a milk crate.  My husband grew up on a dairy farm and his family still runs it.  When we were first married, I shied away from filling my house with “farming” things – now, I so get how important that history is and I love to fill my home with things that remind us of the roots of our family.


And now that you have seen my project, it is time to see what they rest of the crew has come up with – stop by to see them all!

Donna / Funky Junk Interiors

Susan / Homeroad

Bliss / Bliss Ranch

Breida / Breida with a B

Becky / Beyond The Picket Fence

Laurel / Chipping With Charm

Carlene / Organized Clutter

Angie / Knick of Time

KariAnne – Thistlewood Farms

Marianne / Songbird

And now it is your turn!  We’d also love to see YOUR junk! Link up your fav 3 posts and we’ll pin highlights into one of the 4 boards show below! Visit them regularly, we add daily!

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Now link up!

Thanks so much for reading and wishing you a day full of grace!

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25 thoughts on “Junkers United – Repurposed Milk Crate Stool”


  1. Laura! I’m so glad you joined the group and I can’t tell you how much I love this project! I grew up on dairy farms as well – this project really speaks to me – not just because of the dairy connection though. My favorite projects are always ones that are USEFUL as well as beautiful!
    Great job!

  2. That is a perfect little stool. And I am so jealous that you ‘happened to have’ such an awesome crate in your garage. And that board is pretty awesome too. Great vision you had for this one! Love.

  3. I am amazed at what all of your creative minds can come up with. I would love to join in and share some of the junk I’ve repurposed — but I’ve just started the blog and haven’t had the chance to do anything. My house is still using the junk that needs to be repurposed — in fact some of the things in our house are so old that they could be considered antiques ( not in the good way). I love your milk crate idea and the wheels are terrific. Great Job!!

  4. If ever oh ever I come across any metal crate that even looks close to this, I’ll be knocking off a copy in a minute. I love it! And pinning to my personal junk repurpose board to remind me I want one.

  5. Cute, cute and practical. I appreciated the casters, but I loved that you painted the top with the dairy name and place. That was the perfect finishing touch. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  6. OK , that crate is awesome, I have never seen one like it and so need one as of yesterday! Seriously great project Laura. If anyone can find one like it I am sure there will be knockoff’s for sure its adorable…

  7. I am 71 years old–have been decorating and sewing for many years. I love all the young people who give me new ideas–can’t say enough good things..Keep it up!!! Rita R

  8. This is such a great trash to treasure and I especially love the wording you did! We’d love to have you at The Makers on Tuesday mornings 8 eastern on my blog TinySidekick.com! Hope to see you there.

  9. Laura, You are amazing! I love how you take some “junk” and turn it into cuteness!! Every time I read your blog I have to go and decorate something in my own house- I would say you inspire me!

  10. You mentioned to use this project as a step stool. I would just like to say really ‘LOUD’ that it is not safe to have a step stool with wheels on it. (unless they lock or fold up) Otherwise it is very cute!

  11. I live 20 mins. from Ithaca NY, so of course I truly loved this project…. Wonderful job!!!!!!