Vintage Libby's Food Crate DIY'd into Modern Plant Stand

Vintage Crate to Modern Plant Stand

You guys!!! Today I am sharing a vintage crate upcycle that may be my all-time favorite find EVER!

I turned this vintage find into a modern planter.

Take a peek and I am sure you will see why.

My husband spotting this Vintage Crate in a local store.

For $35.00 I was dancing with glee.

Although I spell my name “Libbie” and I was actually tormented as a child by the Libby’s jingle, I have always wanted to find one of these crates.

Carrying it to the register I had the perfect plan in mind.

Vintage Crate to Modern Plant Stand.

I couldn’t wait to get started!

First I wiped the crate down and used a bit of wood conditioner to bring the colors back.

Conditioning the Libby’s crate

While I was wiping it down I noticed a few nails that were sticking out so we hammered them back in.

Repairing nailheads

Just lightly tap the nails back into the crate.

Such a simple DIY

Since I was going to use the vintage crate as a planter, I wanted to put a few coats on the crate to protect it from the elements.

This fast-drying poly from Minwax is my favorite.

I added three coats of polyurethane for protection.

When searching for legs, I found hairpin legs at a reasonable price on Amazon.

I knew that I wanted this piece to be pretty tall. So, I ordered 20-inch legs.

Hairpin Legs from Amazon

The legs took maybe five minutes to add.

Adding Hairpin Legs

Seriously the easiest DIY ever.

Vintage crate to Modern Planter in less than 30 minutes (plus shipping time for the legs) 🙂

I love this vintage crate soooo much!

Just add plants!

LOL, I didn’t notice the “HAM” until we were in the car.

Truly this made me so happy!

Vintage Crate to Modern Plant Stand

Do you have a vintage find that just made you clap your hands in glee? I’d love to hear about it.

Until next time,


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  1. Beth says:

    What a great idea! Looks like something you would see on HGTV!

  2. Hi Libbie!
    You have such a creative eye! I love that it says your name on the crate ( even if spelled differently). It adds such character as a planter.
    Have a great week!
    jess xx

  3. Kaybee Lives says:

    Not only is the finished product gorgeous, I love the story behind the brand! Great post!

  4. I love this project idea so much!

  5. Kippi Ohern says:

    Your vintage crate plant stand turned out fantastic.

  6. TaraMetBlog says:

    This is so adorable and clever!! Nice job 🙂

  7. Sara says:

    I envy you have a crate named after you – even if it is the wrong spelling. But Sara’s food products just wouldn’t have the same ring to it – lol. Love your planter!!

  8. What a stunning find and beautiful repurpose. She looks so elegant with her hairpin legs. Love it!!

  9. Libbie, this was a fabulous find, and I love how you turned it into a plant stand with the hairpin legs! Seriously, it was serendipity in finding that great crate! Love this!!!

  10. Cindy says:

    Love this project!! Such a special piece. Have to love a hubby that has his eyes looking for goodies


  11. Christin says:

    It’s so cute! I love it!

  12. What an amazing project, super cute!!!

  13. Jenna says:

    What a gorgeous upcycle! I recently created a plant stand from an old stool, and I absolutely love how it turned out! 🙂 Hooray for saving something from heading to the landfill!
    Jenna ♥
    Stay in touch? Life of an Earth Muffin

  14. Karen Chen says:

    I love vintage projects such as these – it adds such a unique and beautiful touch! You did an amazing job with it, it looks awesome!

  15. What a great find they are so hard to come by over here. I love that you turned it into a planter it looks really great.

  16. Marie says:

    So cute! It’s always fun to find items with your name on it. I was just telling my husband that I want a raised planter like this.

  17. Cindy Rust says:

    There couldn’t have been a more perfect crate for you Libbie!! Crates are one of my faves and you did this one justice! Pinned!

  18. It’s perfect. Love the planter and the story.❤️

  19. Love this idea, I’ve gotta get some of those legs!

  20. Oh gosh Libbie – this is absolutely adorable! Such a great find and upcycled in a beautiful way! Way to go!

  21. Love that you used Libby’s and the legs too.

  22. Christine says:

    OMGish! I love this DIY! I am going to give it a try myself! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great week! xo, Christine

  23. Christy Civiletti says:

    Love how your vintage plant stand turned out! looks amazing.

  24. Love old crates and love what you did with this one. Super cute!

  25. lisa says:

    I love what you did with this crate
    My first time visiting your site-
    Thank you for sharing
    xo Lisa S

  26. Cat says:

    What a fab DIY project!

  27. Ann says:

    I love what you did with this crate – such a fun upcycle! I hope you’ll share it with us at Party In Your PJ’s on my blog.

  28. Jayne says:

    Libbie, this plant stand is gorgeous, I love it so much! How amazing that you managed to find this vintage treasure with your name on it! Pinned!

  29. Leen says:

    Wow, what a great find! I love that you added legs to it. I wouldn’t have thought to do that!

  30. Stacey says:

    Libbie!! I LOVE the way this turned out! What a cool way to repurpose a vintage crate. Thank you for sharing!

  31. This is such a great upcycle! Looks great!

  32. Aditi Jain says:

    It looks super cute.

  33. I love that you reused this. It looks wonderful.

  34. corine Mapes says:

    This turned out adorable. You sound like me when I find a treasure that I know just what I am going to repurpose it as. I got a shipping crate and did the same too.

  35. Thanks for sharing with us I’m featuring you when the next To Grandmas house we go link party starts!

  36. Julie says:

    This looks amazing, what a great find. Those hairpin legs look so modern which is perfect with the vintage crate.
    Do you leave the plants in their pots or plant them into the crate? Thanks so much for joining us at Handmade Monday 🙂

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  38. Ann says:

    I love this project and the name makes it even more special. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s – you are being featured on my blog Tuesday evening.

  39. Kim Waldorf says:

    This is a great DIY project! Added bonus that it says Libby…even if it is with a y!😉

  40. I absolutely love this! I think I’ll be doing the same thing with a vintage ammunition box that I never knew what to do with. Love those legs. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. Pinned! xo Kathleen

  41. Beverly says:

    You are being featured on Thursday Favorite Things I hope you stop by.

  42. This is MARVELOUS. What a wonderful use of that crate–and I love that it’s a Libby’s crate! I had no idea you could purchase hairpin legs from Amazon; that’s a great resource.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  43. Pam says:

    This is gorgeous! I love everything about it. I featured it today at the Thursday Favorite Things party. Congrats! 🙂

  44. So cute. And it did look easy to make. Love the idea of buying legs you just screw in.

  45. Visiting from Imparting Grace. I love this idea. When there’s not room in the house for something that needs a shelf or horizontal space, it works great as a planter. I never would have thought of that. Neat idea!

  46. Cindy says:

    This is fantastic. I have a vintage box similar to this. It will be my next project !

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  49. Tamera says:

    Love this. So cute. I have some old crates I want to do this with. Did you line the box with plastic or does the finish work for water barrier?

  50. It’s so pretty. Nice DIY for single moms like me.. Thank you very much

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  53. Abundant Life & Balance says:

    I love your creativity – thanks for the inspiration!
    Abundant Life & Balance

  54. S.F. Bernardo says:

    Clever ! However, I always caution people if they intend to have any hairpin legs — small pets can get their head stuck in that hairpin leg

  55. Cathy says:

    Awesome idea! What size legs did you use ?

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