I love a good crate makeover and so much better if the crate goes from new to vintage in just a few minutes! Vintage fruit and vegetable crates aren’t that easy to find, but most craft stores sell several sizes of brand new wood crates just waiting to be made over into something fun!
I’m using these vintage crates in my decorating this fall.
With a little stain and some adorable vintage graphics my melba-toast – boring crates were easily transformed.
You could of course make your own crates any color, but for me, this gray-blue is perfection…
You’ve seen these right? Naked crates just waiting for a makeover! I used Varthane Weathered Gray stain, covering the entire crate by dipping a cloth in the stain and wiping it on.
Then, I went back over the crate with Varthane Vintage Teal. (Also using a cloth dipped in the stain and rubbed all over the crate.) Quickly, I used a damp cloth and wiped off some of the stain, if you want, you could go back and sand the crate, however, if you quickly wipe the stain along the edges, you’ll get a similar look.I like to layer the stain colors because as you wipe the top coat off here and there, the first color shows through. This technique can be used with watered down paint too. Overall it gives the piece a more interesting finish! I printed out graphics… (I’ll give you the link at the end of the post!)
Then tore the edges… Using Americana DecouPage decoupage medium, decoupage the graphic to the sides of the crates… After the paper dries, lightly sand the entire crate to allow some of the wood to show through. (Be really careful when sanding over the graphic) Lastly, add a thin coat of DecouPage over the sanded graphic just to keep it from peeling… I gotta tell you guys, I absolutely LOVE the way these turned out…
I can’t wait to show you what I’m going to do with them!
In case you might want to do some, here’s where I got my great graphics!