Friday, March 30, 2012

Distressed Crate

I got a little crafty yesterday....
I read a natural stain recipe on Lil Blue Boo recently and wanted to give it a try. If you'd like to make an aged crate, here is what you'll need:

wooden crate from a craft store
stenciling brush
distilled white vinegar
steel wool
tea bags
paint brush
protective finish 

The first thing I did was stencil the name and date on the crate using Martha Stewart paper stencils and black craft paint. I also put smudges of paint around the crate. 

While the paint was drying, I submerged a piece of steel wool in the distilled white vinegar for about 45mins. The two react creating a natural stain, which ages wood. With a glove on, I used the steel wool to paint the vinegar on the crate. 

Next up was to brew a large cup of tea. Any type of "brown" tea will do. You can probably guess what type I used.  With a foam paint brush, I painted the crate in several coats of sweet tea. Once dry, I used my clear Annie Sloan wax to give the crate a protective finish. 

I will be giving this crate to my parents as their Easter Basket. Cute, huh? You could also use this as a planter, place vases and flowers in it, condiment holder, etc. 

Have a lovely weekend! As of about 30mins ago, I started my week long vacation! 


Anne said...

that turned out really nicely! Love the stencil!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Wow! It looks fabulous! I love how your personalized it too! Enjoy your long weekend! Angie xo

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Great job!
Enjoy your vacation!


Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

I love this idea! It looks so good!

Donna said...

My daughter is getting married and has been buying vintage crates at a pretty can be sure I am going to try this tecnique!!!

Britney Burke said...

I love this!!!! This is the perfect goody Easter basket for your parents :) can't wait to see it up close!

Lori@Color It Simple said...

that is just way cool and I learned something new. Thanks for sharing.