Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"Vintage" Wooden Crate

So, I was rearranging furniture the other day and ended up with an exposed lamp cord. HORRORS! Something had to be done, immediately. I thought of a footstool....a low bench....a crate....a---wait, a crate! Something cheap and totally do-able for this little pregnant lady. (And when I say little, I mean short...I'm pretty huge, folks).

Anyway, I went on the hunt for a vintage crate and those suckers are not cheap. Shoot. But, I stumbled on this lovely crate at Jo-Anne's and thought, "Hey, I could totally make this look old....I mean, I'm pretty good at making new things old...." So, I bought it!

I don't really have pics of the process, but it was fairly simple. I used my walnut stain, watered down, and went to town painting the crate. I printed off the graphic from Word and traced them on the box with the rub-the-chalk-on-the-back-of-the-paper method. Very technical. Wilson is my mother's maiden name and 1911 is the year my grandmother was born. I really miss her. I thought the finger was fun...for some weird reason.

I took my 220 grit sandpaper and went to town....but, it was still pretty perfect looking....

So I took my paint brush and some old country grey ASCP and lightly brushed it haphazardly all over the box.

I like it.

Vintage look accomplished??? I hope so.

Perfect for hiding lamp cords....and storing our warm cozy blankets for the winter. I figure for summer, we can store our magazines, books, etc.

I love it!

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  1. Quick, easy, looks good solution. Is the chalk method the same as the scribble with pencil method for transfer?


  2. I bought 3 of these and aged them out for my laundry room, love the graphics added to yours!

  3. I love it too!

    Funny I was wishing I could find some old crates for a project in my kitchen. I saw the ones in Michael's and had the same idea that you did. When did the world turn from "making old things new" to "making new things old because we can't find old stuff?"

    Great work!

  4. I totally have a thing for crates so I adore it. Nicely done!

  5. It looks smashing! Did you dilute the walnut stain 2:1?

  6. Wonderful DIY project..looks GREAT!!! Thanks for sharing it at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY!!!


  7. Loving crates too at the moment. Great transformation it looks fantastic!
    x Kerry

  8. I LOVE this!!! My party just started...I would LOVE to have you stop by and share your projects!!!
    XO Aimee

  9. Whew, crisis averted! Your crate looks wonderfully vintage- good job. :)

  10. Absolutely smart ideas and gorgeous too.

    Happy TS...

    Greetings from freezing Stockholm,

  11. I love this crate! I need to get familiar with my husband's power tools.

  12. It turned out so well! Totally looks like a vintage crate to me! :)
    Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party! I will be featuring this tomorrow!

  13. Super transformation! Thanks for sharing! I shared it on my FB page this morning! :)

  14. this is gorgeous i love it, i would love it if you could come and link up tomorrow at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/

  15. this is gorgeous i love it, i would love it if you could come and link up tomorrow at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/

  16. what a clever idea. Love it I am sure it is delish too. Hugs and thank you for linking up Katherines Corner xo

  17. Hey, just wanted to let you know that I featured you over @ Southern Lovely. Thanks for linking up to Show & Share!


  18. Stopping by from the Thursdays Favorite Things Hop! http://queenofsavings.com


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