February 17, 2011

New Crate to Old Crate

I was at JoAnn's the other day and I saw these unfinished crates for $10 so I threw one in the cart.  I wanted to do something fun with it.  My sister has some cool old crates that I love, so I decided to be a wanna-be and make my own.  Here's what we started with.  I sanded it a bit before I got began.  I didn't want any little fingers getting slivers.

I used my Silhouette to create stencils.  If you don't have one you could use stamps or free hand it.  I slapped on my stencils and headed out to the gargage.

Now you're thinking, "Cheri, did you really just purposely make your crate say 'Wisconsin Cheese?'"  Yes, I did.  I live in Utah now, but I grew up in Wisconsin.  This little crate makes me smile and think of home.  It's funny because cheese is the only thing people associate with Wisconsin.  I went to college out of state and whenever people heard I was from there the only thing they could think to say was, "So, you like cheese, huh?"  Not the best pick up line really.

I gave the letters a light coat of spray paint.  It really has to be light or it will bleed a bit.  Then I pulled off my stencils.  If you want it to look really aged you could sand it more.  I only sanded the letters a tiny bit.

I didn't cover the edges of my stencil really well and you can see the outline of the rectangle, but I think it looks a little more authentic that way.  Then I brushed on a coat of this.  I really like this product because it's stain and polyurethane in one.  It gets drippy so it's good to have a rag on hand.  You could also use a rag apply the stain, but make sure you've got gloves.

I wanted the crate to look darker, but it didn't really suck much of the stain in.

Here it is all finished.

Now, if I had things my way I would have put caster wheels on it.  Wouldn't that look great?  Here's why I didn't.

Need another reason?  Here's his brother.  I can just imagine these two sailing down the stairs in this puppy.  Not good.

That's all for today.  See you tomorrow for a fun Feature Friday.  Thanks for reading.


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