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
distilled white vinegar
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.