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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Comments

  1. It turned out great! What an amazing product! And how fun that you already have a piece of wood ready for your next craft project! Can’t wait to see what it will be!

  2. Absolutely love how your crates turned out! I will have to try this because I also am sensitive to odors.

  3. Love this! I can get the crates at the craft store & make them my own…so many times I look for crates & can’t find what I’m looking for :)….
    Come share at Reader Tip Tuesday: http://www.jodiefitz.com/2017/08/29/reader-tip-tuesday-weeks-craft-recipe-party/
    We’re open & growing all week long. xo

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