Hi! I am sharing a project today that was just a super fun, easy thing to do and yet I think it made a huge impact. Take a look at this farmhouse wooden crate!
Farmhouse Wooden Crate
I was talking with my neighbor the other day and we love to garage sale together. We were making plans to attend this year’s city wide garage sales and about our previous finds. Then she opened the trunk of her car and took out this wooden crate. She added that she has had it in her car for about 2 years. I thought that was funny. I do the same thing. I have such good intentions then nothing gets done. Ha!
She asked me if I could do anything with it. It was super cute but just plain wood. It needed a little face lift.
She had waited long enough for this guy so I took it straight into the garage and got to work. So fast that I forgot to take a before pic. I hate it when I do that.
In the photo below you can still see some of the plain wood showing through. I was just plain, unfinished wood.
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I painted it black first using Rustoleum flat black spray paint. You are probably asking why I would do such a thing. Well, when I distress the final product I want black to show through not the bare wood. So painting it black first allows for this perfect distressed look.
After the black paint was dry I added vaseline in the spots I wanted the distressing to show. The vaseline acts as a barrier and allows the white paint to wipe off and show the black paint below.
Then I gave it several coats of Rustoleum white paint/primer. I may have given it a few too many coats because it was a little harder to get the white paint to wipe off than usual. But, I really wanted that nice, stark white look. So it was worth it. it is so pretty and has just the right amount of distressing.
I wanted to jazz it up a little so I added some dandelions using my black oil based sharpie marker on the side. If you remember I used this technique on my outdoor lighting dollar store vases as well.
When I drew them on the black was very stark and bold. But since I am wanting a distressed, old look I used a sanding block to sand them to a more faded tone.
Then I added in some mason jars. Who doesn’t love mason jars…right? I thought she could plant an herb garden, store craft supplies or any other supplies or just add some cut flowers. I know she grows baby’s breath. How cute would that be along with some wild flowers.
The possibilities are endless.
I think it turned out nice and I really hope she likes it too.
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Monday 21st of May 2018
Love this! And--guess what--I have one of these same baskets in my upcycle stash! I think I'm going to do it in a soft green for my little greenhouse/garden room. Thanks for making me remember it, now if I can just find it! lol
Tuesday 22nd of May 2018
OOOOH! That will look really nice! I hope you find it soon. A greenhouse/garden room sounds lovely. I want one of those.