Step 1: Call your local Whole Foods, Green Life, Fresh Market...or any other local natural food store and ask them if they have any wooden wine crates that they're throwing away. I called Whole Foods and they had a number of different ones available and gave me 2 of them.
Here is a picture of the one I stained:
Step 2: Purchase a can of stain or find the leftover can in the garage and pop it open.
Step 3: Lightly (or heavily) stain the crate to add some age to it. If you like the natural wood look, then keep it as is!
Step 4: Use it wherever you'd like around your house---storage, decoration, both!
Fall is in the air!