Teen Boy’s Bedroom Makeover: $100 Room Challenge The Reveal

 

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Welcome to  Week Five (the reveal!!) of the $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry!  If you are not familiar with the challenge you can read about it here. For this month I am making over my teenage son’s bedroom. It’s in need of some major help, mostly of the cleaning variety! The before pictures can be seen in Week One , the closet makeover can be found in Week Two , the new paint was debuted in Week Three and the organized desk was revealed in Week Four.

Let’s remember what the room looked like before. Filthy, disorganized and general chaos. I really don’t know how he managed living in that mess. It stressed me out just looking at it!

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And now here is the after!!! I am happy to say that I checked off every goal! Here is a reminder of what I had hoped to accomplish from week one.

  1. Replace the bedding. His old set has seen better days.
  2. Display shelving for all of his creations.
  3. New art work
  4. Lighten the walls with a fresh coat of paint. I do love the paint color but the dark color is too much for this room.
  5. New storage options for both the closet and bedroom itself.
  6. A functional organized desk area that is conducive to completing homework.

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Ahhh!!! It’s clean, bright and organized! I am no longer having anxiety when I have to go in! My son is much happier now too!

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The new wall color made a huge difference in how the room feels. While it’s never going to be filled with natural light due to having only one window it is much better with the new wall colors.

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I shopped the house and found some new decor that was a bit masculine for his bedroom. While he still has Legos displayed it feels more grown up now.

I was also able to knock off the last item of my initial goal list this week: storage. This bookcase was found at Goodwill for $20.25. From donating frequently I was able to buy it for $16.20 using my 20% discount card. Every time you donate you receive a stamp on your card. Once it’s full they allow you to use it towards 20% off of a $20 or more purchase.  Luckily I found out that tip from a fellow blogger and it has saved me quite a bit of money.

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All of his “creations” can be displayed properly now instead of taking over his desk and anywhere else he could squeeze them in. I also purchased another storage piece for the room, these awesome old lockers. They were purchased from the store where I have my vendor booth for $25. I knew it put me over budget buying them but for the coolness factor it was totally worth it. He keeps his massive book collection inside.  His friend had him over to his house one afternoon and they painted this piece of art together. Perfect for my budget!!!

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Let’s talk budget.

Budget $100

Money Spent

Closet Lights $23.99

Paint and Supplies $32

Bedding set $13.49

Lamp $5.99

Desk Organizer $1

Lockers $25

Bookshelf $16.20

Money spent: $117.67

Sale of Lamps +$15

Money spent total $102.67

Overspent by $2.67

I think it was worth going over budget for this room! What do you think? This challenge has been so much fun and I can’t wait until the next one!

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Teen Boy’s Bedroom Makeover: $100 Room Challenge Week Four

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Welcome to week four of the $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry! Next week is reveal week! Woohoo! If you are not familiar with the challenge you can read about it here. For this month I am making over my teenage son’s bedroom. It’s in need of some major help, mostly of the cleaning variety! The before pictures can be seen in Week One , the closet makeover can be found in Week Two and the new paint was debuted in Week Three.

This week we worked on item #6 on my list, a functional desk area. Having a quiet and organized place to study is very important! Before I started the makeover the desk the desk was not being used at all. Instead it was covered in Lego builds and trash. Not exactly conducive to studying… Here is a horrifying before photo.

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His desk was an afterthought and he never used it except to “clean up” by picking up stuff off of the floor to put on the desk. I don’t consider that cleaning… Plus the lamp was way too big and better suited for an end table instead of a desk. He had two of these lamps in his room so in order to purchase some new items I listed them on a Facebook Yard Sale Group selling them for $15. I am adding that sale to my budget.

And now for the finished result! The new lamp is from Target (from the inexpensive Room Essentials line) and is only $5.99. I was expecting to spend much more! The only other item that was purchased was the metal organizer from Dollar Tree. The desk was also relocated to a different corner of the room from where it has previously been.

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Shopping the house really saved my budget this week! The letter board used to be in my vendor booth before I had a banner made. The letter J and Lego Architecture were buried among the previous disaster and the cork board was also reused from our old playroom. No, he has not seen the message on the letter board yet but I know he agrees. 😉 I’m sure he will have fun changing up the sayings.

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Now he has no more excuses not to complete his homework with his new study space.

Let’s talk budget.

Budget $100

Money Spent

Closet Lights $23.99

Paint and Supplies $32

Bedding set $13.49

Lamp $5.99

Desk Organizer $1

Money spent: $76.47

Sale of Lamps +$15

Money Left to Spend $38.53

We still have a lot left to buy for storage and display shelves and not much money! Come back next week to see the full room reveal!

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Hot Cocoa Bar Farmhouse Style

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Brrr! It’s been so cold in Virginia lately with record low temperatures. We’ve gotten significant snow twice already resulting in many snow days. Not that my kids are complaining… Their friends love coming to our house and they have fun playing together outside. As soon as they come in everyone is begging for hot cocoa! I can’t even tell you how much we have gone through this year! My boys love it!

I set up a hot cocoa station for them in my family room as I have limited available counter space in my kitchen. Having the supplies ready to go is important! Today I’m sharing some tips to set one up in your own home.

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The first thing I did was lay down a blanket scarf to protect the top of my dresser from any spills. With 3 boys plus their friends it’s bound to happen!

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Tiered trays are perfect for holding extra mugs and some fun accessories. They can be found at most home stores like Target, Hobby Lobby and TJ Maxx.  The paper straws are from Walmart and are very inexpensive. I used some new tinted mason jars to hold mini marshmallows and caramels for hot cocoa mix ins. The jars fit perfectly on the tray. My kids love peppermints so I used the top tier to place them in. Of course they will want a snack too since they are always hungry. Powdered sugar cannoli chips are a yummy treat!

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I like having the hot cocoa ingredients in the center of the bar. The wooden tray helps to keep it contained. Jars with a good seal will keep everything nice and fresh. One jar is filled with hot cocoa mix and the other has chocolate chips. Too much chocolate is never a bad thing!

 

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Of course the best part is the hot cocoa with a ton of marshamallows!

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Finish your hot cocoa bar with some fun decorative winter touches and you’re done! In my house I like mixing the new pieces like my Rae Dunn collection with vintage pieces like my antique crock and the Radio Flyer sled. Use your imagination and whatever you have on hand! Making a hot cocoa bar does not need to be expensive. The only new thing I purchased was the kettle. I couldn’t resist!


 

I hope you were able to get some decorating ideas for your home from my post! If you are looking for additional design inspiration I love the online resources at Havenly.com. You can see projects sorted by style or room on virtual mood boards. They also offer a service where online interior designers customize a project for you! Take a look for yourself!

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Top 10 Posts of 2017 from Jersey Girl In The South

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It’s the end of 2017 already! Can you believe it? This year has been a great one for me and my family. 2017 has been a year of firsts. My first business venture in a boutique, my youngest starting Kindergarten, owning goats for the first time and a road trip to Ohio to attend their first wedding. I am looking forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for us!

Blogging has been another fun adventure that I pursed in 2017. Today I am sharing my top ten most popular posts of the past year! Are you ready?

First is my Spring at the Farmhouse Home Tour. I teamed up with some very talented blogger friends to give tours of our homes. You don’t want to miss these!

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Second is my DIY Powder Room Makeover. My husband and I added a shiplap accent wall to bring some farmhouse charm to our boring powder room. I also used chalk paint to transform the vanity.

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Third is my Farmhouse Style Valentine’s Day Decor. Neil makes a cameo appearance in this one.

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Fourth is my Touch of Fall Home Tour. I teamed up with some fabulous ladies to show you how we celebrate fall in our homes.

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Fifth is one of my personal favorites! It’s the reveal post of my Farmhouse Laundry Room Makeover for the $100 Room Challenge. I’m happy to say the room is still clean most days, which is a huge improvement! Not only did we make over the hideous floor and organize the space, my husband built the sliding barn door!

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Sixth is my Summer 2017 Home Tour. Readers love to see tours and they are one of my favorite posts to do!

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Seventh is the reveal for my Boy’s Bedroom Makeover for the $100 Room Challenge. I am excited to share that I will be participating again! This time I am making over my teenager’s room! Wish me luck as the before is REALLY bad!!!!!!!

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Eighth is my Patriotic Front Porch. I love decorating for the 4th of July!

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Ninth is my kitchen table and chairs makeover. I am pleased to say they have held up amazing to my three messy boys!

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And last but certainly not least is my sewing table makeover. I fell in love with this sewing table when I found it. The table was purchased for me to resell but after the makeover I could not part with it!

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Which post was your favorite this year?

 

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DIY Mason Jar Christmas Decoration

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It feels like Halloween was yesterday and here we are in the middle of November already! I am one of the hold outs who waits until after Thanksgiving to decorate my entire home for Christmas but I have been doing some crafting! These adorable mason jars will be headed to my vendor booth as our Holiday Open House is this weekend. Aren’t they adorable? I’m sharing with you today how to make your own.

If you are a farmhouse decor lover like myself you probably have a collection of mason jars. As much as I love them plain, they are perfect to use for holiday decor.

First gather your supplies:

-Mason Jar (I used a Half Gallon size vintage Ball Jar since my bottle brush tree was large)

-Bottle Brush tree (I used a vintage one from a thrift store but you could purchase new ones from a craft store or online)

-Faux Snow Fluff

-Extra Fine Glitter (Mine is iridescent)

-Bells

-Ribbon

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Next tear off a piece of the faux snow and stuff it into the bottom of your mason jar. Since my hand was too large to reach the bottom I used the end of a wooden spoon to stuff it down. Make sure it’s as flat and even as you can get it so your tree stands upright.

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Then I sprinkled some glitter all over the snow. Next time I would use a piece of paper under the jar to catch my overage. Cleaning up tiny pieces of glitter is not a good time!

Then I sprinkled some glitter all over the snow.

After that insert your bottle brush tree into the mason jar and sprinkle a little extra glitter on the tree itself. You can never have too much sparkle!

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After that tie your bow and add your bells. I had difficultly getting my burlap ribbon through the opening on top of the bell so I used twine. The ribbon is covering it up. Your project is complete!

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Halloween Decor Farmhouse Style

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It’s almost time for Halloween! I love seeing all of the little kids dressed up in their costumes out having a great time trick or treating. My kids have been counting down the days! This year my five year old asked if he could help decorate our home for Halloween so I said sure. Why not?

Outside did not see many changes. I hung up this fun mesh wreath I bought at Michael’s last year but kept everything else the same harvest style decor. We recently added this red tea cart that I found at an estate sale. The color goes well with the blue rocking chairs and fits in perfectly with my fall decor.

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Next we moved in to the dining room. You may notice a big change in here! I found this awesome hutch on a Facebook yard sale site. Originally I purchased it to refinish for my vendor booth. When I was done with it I started thinking “You know. This would look great in my dining room.” I seem to be doing alot of that lately…. Anyway, it stayed. For now at least. The hutch started off  dark brown but after 3 coats of Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint in Ballet White it’s looking much better! I also swapped out the hardware for these farmhouse style bin pulls and knobs. They give the hutch a less formal country feel.

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Yes I know the foam grave stone is super tacky but when your five your old says it’s perfect there you leave it…

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My tobacco basket was taken over by the big spider I used on my fireplace last year and this fun little sign I scored at Goodwill.

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On the table we used a glitter spider web pattern table runner, some country style beads, a banner from Target and this creepy dude. The skeleton is animated and has a microphone. He repeats everything you say in a high pitched voice. My children don’t seem to understand the concept that you can speak to the skeleton in a normal volume. Some days I regret buying him as they scream into the microphone!

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For place settings I used our every day white dishes mixed in with black and white striped tea towels from Target, a fun faux pumpkin and my Halloween Rae Dunn mugs. The kids love using all of the different patterns!

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Last but not least is the kitchen. Did you notice my awesome new mint scale? It was another failed booth purchase… The scale got dressed up with a cute fabric plaid pumpkin I found at this shop and a faux crow from Target.

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I also decorated my coffee station with my Halloween Rae Dunn collection and a fun sign. Drink up Witches! We all need our magic potion to make it through the day with the kids!

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I hope you enjoyed my little Halloween tour! If you want to see how I styled my family room for Halloween last year check out the post here!

 

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DIY Singer Sewing Table Makeover using Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint and Cerusing Wax

DIY Sewing Table Makeover using Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint and Cerusing Wax

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Hi friends! I’ve been painting like crazy lately and feeling burnt out! I really wanted to get this sewing table makeover completed so I pushed myself and got it finished. While I loved the sewing table before I feel like she really shines now! The results were amazing!!!

We found this Singer sewing machine while out picking to find stock for my vendor booth. I fell in love and just couldn’t let it go. I seem to be having this problem a lot lately… With a little bit of paint and a lot of elbow grease I knew I could turn her (yes I know it’s furniture and not a person) into a beauty.

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When I was cleaning it out we found some cool stuff in the drawers. My husband loves finding secret hidden things.

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The sewing table was filthy and I’m glad I decided to try out Clean Slate by Amy Howard at Home. It was my first time using this product and I’m impressed. Just look at all of the dirt and grease that I was able to remove! Clean Slate has a strong odor so I would recommend using it outdoors if possible. The weather has been so hot lately so I chose to do my project indoors.  Instead I opened the windows and my sliding glass doors while running a fan for adequate ventilation. Luckily the odor did not stick around after it dried.

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I wanted this piece to have some color but still remain neutral. The paint I went with was Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint in Bergere Blue and finished it with Cerusing Wax. Bergere Blue is a very pale gray/blue.

 

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It took two coats to achieve the look I was going for. Afterwards I distressed the sewing table with medium grit sand paper and wiped it down with a tack cloth.

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Using a cloth napkin I applied the Cerusing Wax in a circular motion per the instructions. Once it dried for an hour I went back and buffed it with the cloth.

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I found the Cerusing Wax much easier to use than traditional wax. The consistency is like toothpaste and for me it is more manageable to apply. Once it dries it turns into a satin finish. Cerusing Wax goes far as it only took 3 applications around the size of a quarter to finish the entire top of the sewing table. My bottle has plenty left for other projects!

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I will definitely be using Bergere Blue again and am planning to switch to Cerusing Wax for all of my projects.

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I am in love with the results! What do you think?

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Vendor Booth Tour by Jersey Girl In The South

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you have probably heard me talk about my upcoming vendor booth. I am so excited to be a part of a new store opening in Powhatan, VA called Vintage Antique Shack. While my goal is to make some extra fun money by selling farmhouse style goods I know I will be spending plenty in the store! What a talented group of people! The store is almost completed and ready to open this week. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday September 20th and the Grand Opening Event will be held on Saturday September 23rd. You will not want to miss it! Door prizes and snacks (the best part!) will be available!

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When you first enter the store I am on the right hand side next to the main entrance. These pictures were taken before my neighboring booth moved in.

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Facing my booth you will find vintage kitchen items and some chippy spindles. I had purchased four but I kept two for myself! That’s how this works. One for me, one for the shop!

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On the right hand side is a sewing machine table with some wall decor. I am in love with the washboards and they were hard to part with!

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Behind that is a secretary desk filled with some cute throw pillows and other treasures. The mason jars are the large half gallon size!

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Next to that is a sofa table, rush seat bench and other goodies! Make sure to pick up a business card. I will be sharing sales and new inventory on both my Instagram and Facebook pages.

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At the end is a vintage sewing machine table and the chair you may have seen in my preview posts. The original Kenmore sewing machine is still inside and powers up.

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I temporarily have some more items in the back room so be sure to stop back there too!

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I hope you enjoyed the preview of my booth! It will be changing often so be sure to check in with me from time to time!

 

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DIY Desk Makeover Using Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint and Paint Sprayer

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Today I am sharing with you a desk makeover using Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint in Luxe Gray. If you have not heard of the One Step Paint before it’s fabulous! It requires no prep work (which is my least favorite part of painting furniture!) and dries to a soft chalky finish.

While shopping for items to stock my vendor booth I found this desk at our local Goodwill. It wasn’t pretty but the price was right. The problem was it was covered in scratches and badly needed a makeover. I knew it was the perfect project for my new paint sprayer.

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At first I was a little nervous about using the paint sprayer. I had never used one myself before and when my husband used a different brand at our last house it wasn’t pretty. Our siding ended up with little speckles of deck stain all over it! A friend advised me to watch some of the videos on Amy Howard at Home’s Facebook page. I’m a visual learner and this worked out really well for me. The sprayer is easy to use and put together. Thinning the paint with 10% water (I used a red Solo cup for this part) makes it the perfect consistency for the sprayer. Clean up was a breeze! A little dish soap and warm water did the trick. It was very easy to disassemble and I liked that they include a lid for the paint cup in case you need to use it again later.

I started out by practicing my spraying technique on the drop cloth until I adjusted the stream to my liking. Using a back and forth sweeping motion I applied the paint to the desk. The coverage was so good that I only needed to use one coat of paint!

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The over spray was not as bad as I expected but I definitely recommend wearing safety googles. I wore my glasses and ended up with speckled lenses.

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There was extra paint left in my sprayer after I refilled the cup so I also painted this little half moon table. I went back over one spot where I did not have an even coat and you can’t even tell that it was completed afterwards. One Step Paint dries very quickly and the paint sprayer gave it a nice smooth finish.

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When I was done I thought the desk needed a little more. Using a sand paper block I distressed the edges and used some leftover dark antiquing wax to add in more character.

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The paint sprayer saved me so much time and effort. It’s a game changer and I will be able to complete many more projects in a day! Now I am looking around my house to see what else could use a little freshening up!

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It doesn’t even look like the same desk! I am so happy with how it turned out! What do you think?

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DIY Vintage Inspired Wood Crate

DIY Vintage Inspired Wood Crate

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Hello friends! Long time no post! Summer has been jam packed! Between getting inventory ready for my new vendor booth, vacation and spending time with the kids before school starts back up I have not had the extra time to do anything for myself! I have missed blogging!

Today I am sharing how I turned two plain unfinished wood crates into vintage looking crates with character and charm.  I have had these wooden crates from Michael’s for a few years now. Originally I had planned to build a DIY nightstand for my oldest son’s bedroom. Instead we purchased him a new bedroom suite from IKEA so the crates sat in the closet holding assorted craft items. My vendor booth needs some display pieces and I thought these crates would be the perfect solution. These crates are versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.

I tried out a new to me product Better with Age by Amy Howard at Home. The results blew me away! What an amazing difference! Better with Age is thinner than a stain. It works by reacting with the tannins in the wood to turn raw wood into an aged finish. In only 10 minutes I had a vintage style crate! Unbelievable! Now I want to use it on everything!!!

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First I sanded the crates lightly so the Better with Age would soak into the wood more effectively. This is recommended on the back on the can. Using a bristle brush I quickly painted on the solution. You can see on the third strip of wood where I have not applied it yet. The change is instant! Be sure to go back over any drips immediately or they will remain on your project. Unlike stain there is no wiping afterwards. Although this product is water based and contains no VOC’s, it can still be an irritant so wear gloves. Better with Age has no odor! That is a huge plus for me as I am very sensitive to chemical smells.

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After just a few minutes I could not believe how different my crate looked! As it sat and dried for a little while the color darkened slightly.

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It went from an ordinary and plain to something that I would find at a barn sale.

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Due to the grain of the wood each crate turned out differently! I love that. Vintage pieces never look the same.

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I couldn’t help myself and also applied it to an apple bushel basket and a piece of wood for a future craft project. A little goes a long way and I still have so much left in my can. My barn door to the laundry room may be receiving some too!

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After the crates dried I wanted them to look more like the vintage crates that I already own. Both of them have lettering stamped on the ends. I recreated the look with stencils and a little craft paint.

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I blotted the excess paint off of my brush before adding it to the stencil. Bleeding around the edges of the stencil was done intentionally. True vintage farm items are never perfect. Once the painted on lettering was dry I quickly used my sanding block to smooth it over. It took the sheen off of the paint and make it appear more authentic.

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I can not wait to use these in my vendor booth to display pillows and other goodies! PVA was chosen for the lettering as the shop is located in Powhatan, VA. If you are in the area visit my booth at the Vintage Antique Shack!

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