I’ve wanted one of these wooden silverware caddy’s FOREVER, but it wasn’t in the budget. So I was living in a wood caddyless world and it wasn’t cool.8134AkTFNSL._SL1500_

Then BOOM! I’m in the K-Mart parking Lot and I spot this bad boy just sitting out in the middle of the lot!

crate before 2

Yeah I know!!! Someone just left this poor guy all alone. He was just waiting for me to come. I’m pretty much a guardian angel at this point. lol. So I brought the crate home and went to town on it!

The how to of it all:

  • First I brushed all the dirt and grime off of it then painted it with some white flat trim paint I had. (I purposely painted it roughly to make it look a little more rustic.)
  • Then got a piece of pallet wood I had Left from My DIY Towel Hanger and marked it to make inserts for the caddy. ( I marked them a little longer so they would be snug inside the crate.)

marking inserts

  • I chose to cut three so it would make a sort of H pattern inside the caddy. Also since they’re removable I can make all kinds of different compartments. ( I used a circular saw to cut the three pieces.)


  • After they were cut I painted them and the bottom of the inside of the crate Tropical Oasis, One of my favorite colors.

paint color

  • While everything was drying I went to my computer and made a stencil for the side. I just went through and found a font I liked then printed it off.
  • I used an exacto knife to cut it out. Taped it down with painters tape then painted away.stencil
  • I let everything dry then Hammered the inserts in and we’re done!

You guys it still to this day amazes me what a little bit of paint can do to something. It turned out so perfect! Don’t worry I took plenty of pictures for you 🙂


I just absolutely love it!!


It turned out so great! So many parties will be made easier by this little fella.

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26 Comments on Salvaged Wooden Silverware Caddy

  1. Bre @ Average But Inspired
    07/31/2014 at 1:55 AM (3 years ago)

    Stacey, this is ADORABLE and I love that you found the crate in the parking lot!! Amazing. Love it!

    • stacey
      07/31/2014 at 11:51 AM (3 years ago)

      Thank You Bre! I know i couldn’t believe someone just left it. One mans trash is a BLOGGERS DREAM. lol

  2. Erica
    07/31/2014 at 3:48 AM (3 years ago)

    Aww! Stacey, this is SO cute! I’m so glad you rescued that crate from the parking lot – it’s the perfect silverware holder! 🙂

    • stacey
      07/31/2014 at 11:53 AM (3 years ago)

      Thanks Erica! I so love how it turned out.

  3. ang
    07/31/2014 at 8:50 AM (3 years ago)

    What a great project – that Tropical Oasis color is so pretty! Stopping by from Sweet Bella Roos Pin it Thursday and definitely pinning this! 🙂

    • stacey
      07/31/2014 at 11:54 AM (3 years ago)

      Thank you Ang, that color has made it’s way into so many of my projects. Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

    • stacey
      07/31/2014 at 1:36 PM (3 years ago)

      Hey Jennifer, thank you so much for taking time to comment. I linked up to your party thanks for telling me about it!

  4. Carrie @ Kenarry: Ideas for the Home
    08/01/2014 at 12:56 AM (3 years ago)

    I love how this turned out, but your story about how you were the caddy’s guardian angel in that Kmart parking lot made me smile!

  5. Bobbi
    08/01/2014 at 11:13 AM (3 years ago)

    I have one similar, but I wish it had more “compartments” for condiments or salt and pepper. Just holds my silverware and napkins. But I do love it. And I love the stenciling job you did 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sarah
    08/01/2014 at 3:32 PM (3 years ago)

    This is beautiful, I can’t believe you just found it in the parking lot! Maybe I need to find my nearest Kmart and see if the upcycle gods leave me anything good. Lol 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  7. Theresa @DearCreatives
    08/06/2014 at 5:28 AM (3 years ago)

    Your project turned out amazing! Love it. What a find btw!! I have been looking at Valspar paint we are painting our kitchen and cabinets. So many pretty colors. Thanks for sharing your project at the party! Theresa @DearCreatives

  8. Michelle@ Lifes Like That
    08/06/2014 at 6:23 AM (3 years ago)

    So cute! This would look perfect in my home. I especially love the Tropical Oasis colour. Thanks for the great instructions:)

  9. Theresa @DearCreatives
    08/08/2014 at 1:46 AM (3 years ago)

    Your being featured tomorrow! Drop by to see your feature and feel free to linkup again. PS be sure to pick up your featured button. Theresa @DearCreatives

  10. jessica
    08/17/2014 at 5:45 PM (3 years ago)

    you are just so crafty! I love everything you share on your site! Sharing this on stumbled upon as a favorite page!
    Thanks for stopping by the sparkles of inspiration link up party!

  11. Kelly
    09/14/2014 at 2:57 PM (3 years ago)

    Very sweet piece! Lovin the colors 🙂

    • stacey
      09/17/2014 at 7:42 PM (3 years ago)

      Thank YOU!! It’s one of my faves for sure. We use it just about every day.

  12. Leslie @ Oh, the Fun
    06/01/2015 at 8:23 AM (3 years ago)

    Stacey, what a win!! The crate turned is so cute and I love that you chose the word “enjoy” for the word art. Great job!

    • stacey
      06/01/2015 at 9:17 PM (3 years ago)

      Thank you Leslie! So happy you like it.

  13. Jenny @ Refresh Living
    06/01/2015 at 8:30 PM (3 years ago)

    You found it in the parking lot?! That’s awesome! It looks great! I’ve never tried using an exacto knife to cut out a stencil. Is it just on paper?

    • stacey
      06/01/2015 at 9:15 PM (3 years ago)

      I know I couldn’t believe it was there either. Yes it’s just plain computer paper. Before I got my cricut for Christmas that’s all I ever used. It works just fine as long as you don’t use to much paint.

  14. Samantha
    06/03/2015 at 9:48 AM (3 years ago)

    Man, I need to start scouting parking lots! What a great find and I love how you redid it!

  15. Miranda
    07/29/2016 at 11:36 AM (1 year ago)

    Love it – turned out so cute!! I may need to add random parking lots to my treasure hunting.. ha!

    • stacey
      07/29/2016 at 2:47 PM (1 year ago)

      Thank you Miranda. DO IT!! Especially in the lots that have salvation army bins. I have found so many furniture pieces people just leave. Blows my mind, but hey I’m not complaining. LOL


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