Distressed Key Holder from Wine Crate

How to make a distressed key holder from a wine crate.

Distressed key holder from wine crate on the kitchen counter.

Clearly I like my wine because I have another project that involves a wine crate!

You might recall the time I turned a wine crate into a serving tray.

Anyhoo, it’s not good to waste a precious wine crate so I took the lid from that crate and used it to make this little number.

Let me show you how I made this distressed key holder from a wine create lid.

A distressed key holder from a wine crate poster.

Here is what you’ll need for this project:


  • wine crate, more specifically the lid from a wine crate
  • charcoal grey paint (I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Graphite)
  • creamy white paint (I used Annie Sloan Old White)
  • 2 foam brushes
  • mini screw hooks
  • oil-rubbed bronze spray paint (I can’t live without this stuff!)
  • foam board or cardboard
  • drill or screwdriver


Here is exhibit A. I had this wine crate for awhile now. It held 3 wine bottles if that is helpful to you in trying to find this exact size.

I love the stamped branding on the front of the lid so I knew I wanted to create something with it.

A plain wine crate that says Liberty Wine Merchants.
The hooks for the key holder on the wine crate.

I could only find gold hooks and I wanted oil-rubbed bronze so I screwed them into a piece of foam board and went crazy with the spray paint.

Screwing the key hooks into the foarm board.

Then I marked out the areas I wanted the hooks and pre-drilled the holes.

Feel free to use pencil marks because you’ll be painting over them.

Marking it out on the wine crate with pencil marks.

I painted two coats of paint in the charcoal grey then one good coat of the creamy white paint letting dry in between coats.

Painting the wine crate.
The painted distressed wine crate.

Then I distressed it like crazy with a sander using 220 fine grit sandpaper.

Screw the screws into the pre-drilled holes and hang up some keys!

I love it! Doesn’t the branding look cool with the crate all distressed?

Here it is displayed in my laundry room.

The finished distressed key holder.

It also looks beautiful in my office hanging on the wall.

The key holder hanging on the wall.

It’s such a great way to use wood without any cutting!

 A side view of the keys hanging on the key holder.

I think it’s a keeper!

The kitchen counter with the key holder on it leaning against the subway tile.

I promise it’s a very easy DIY project, try it!

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  1. Jamie,
    I love this. It is a keeper for sure. Great job. Have a great start to the week ahead.

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