Typo crate knock-off

One of the things I really missed doing when I was working, was having time to craft. It could be something as simple as making a card, working on a scrapbook, or making a photo frame. But I didn’t have the energy or mental state to do it. Yes, there were nights and weekends, but by the time I was done with work or housework, I didn’t feel like doing much else apart from lazing with my kids.

So I haven’t messed around with paints much since my previous attempts here and here.

I was out with the kids last week and caught sight of a beautiful, rustic, wooden crate in Typo. The kids were endlessly patient while I oohed and ahhed over the crate. Eventually, eight-year-old Jason, the pragmatic one, said something along the lines of: “You won’t buy it anyway, why spend so long looking at it?” The boy was right, I wasn’t about to spend $24.95 on a crate, but I had other ideas in my mind – DIY!

Before our friends Hui and Wei left for a new job in China, they gifted us dozens of items from their home. There was a wooden drawer/box which hasn’t been put to use in our home. The box is sturdy but the colour didn’t quite fit into the dark wood theme in our home. I’ve been meaning to stain it but it took the inspiration from Typo to motivate me to do it. Who said window-shopping isn’t productive? 🙂

This is what it looked like originally:


I gave it a few coats of Walnut stain I found at craft shop Art Friend.


I’m still in love with Martha Stewart’s craft paint in “Surf”, which is the light blue you see below. I decided to paint the interior blue the same way the Typo crate looked.


The base was a smooth for material so the paint didn’t stick as well. So instead of painting the entire interior, I decided to line the base with paper.


Since my paint brushes were dirty, I decided to paint a couple of other things as well. The MDF board below  eventually became my first painted Laundry sign. It’s in the same Surf blue.


Back to the drawer. I decided to pick a paper with brown and blue tones to match the painted sides. And this is the end result. I cut three pieces of 6 x 6 inch craft paper to fit the base. Since the design is flowery, the parts that overlap aren’t obvious. Finally, I covered it with a layer of Mod Podge to protect it.


So yes, a knock off from the Typo crate, with a twist and at a tiny fraction of the price. (Drawer: free. Paint and paper: Already had on hand). Now, to think of where this should go… 🙂


It has found a home on our Expedit for now, holding our travel scrapbooks.


I propped a word sign above it. There are future plans to do something to the sign!


Now I smile whenever I pass by the shelf. 🙂



A final look.








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2 thoughts on “Typo crate knock-off

  1. Shanice May 10, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I love this! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

    • Jane Ng May 11, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Hi Shanice, Thanks for the invitation, will definitely check it out!

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