Vintage Look Crate DIY – How To MakeUnfinished Wood Crates Look Vintage.
I made a very important discovery this week.
Was it earth-shattering?
Did it rock my world?
Will it forever change the way I blog?
You see, I discovered that just about anything looks so, soooo much cuter with a tissue paper banner hanging over it …
Don’t you agree?
I made this banner to use for a different photo shoot for a different project. (You can find my banner tutorial here …)
But when it was time to take pictures of my finished vintage-look-crate DIY, I thought they would look cute in the background.
And I was right …
I fear I may have to style each and every project from this day forth with a tissue paper banner. Using different color tissue paper to compliment the project …
It could be my ‘thing.’ You know, say you’re cruising Pinterest and you see a picture with a tissue paper banner in the background, you would immediately know it’s mine …
… because of the soon-to-be-iconic It All Started With Paint tissue paper banner prop.
Or maybe not. Maybe it’s just my thing this week …
But enough about the banner. Let’s talk about what’s hanging below that banner. My vintage look crate DIY …
Vintage Look Crate DIY Tutorial
Unfinished Wood Crate (16″L x 12.25″W x 9.25″H)
Sandpaper (120 grit)
Black Acrylic Paint
Drill & Screwdriver
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I started with some basic unfinished crates I found on Amazon (here). I also spotted very similar crates stocked at Michaels last week.
I started out by asking my husband to drill some holes in the front for the vintage-look knobs (found here at World Market). Then I lightly sanded around the drilled holes.
I brushed on a thick layers of stain. Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes, and then wiped it off with a clean rag.
I stained both the insides …
… and outsides.
And I’ll be honest, that took a while. And it was messy. Mostly because I’m a messy stainer …
Once dry, I gave them a a quick sanding. To make them look a bit aged.
Since I wanted my crates to look like they’d been around the block a few times, I attacked the stencils with sandpaper.
But I went too far …
So I grabbed a clean rag and dipped it into the stain. I rubbed it on and immediately rubbed it off.
Aaahhh. So much better …
So, so much better …
I really love how they turned out.
Really and truly.
I may even love them more than those tissue paper banners.
And now I have two more to make. For the Etsy shop workspace.
But first I have to tell those little village people that Christmas has been over for a month now and they really need to take down that tree in the town square …
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