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.