How to make wood crates look vintage, wood yard project plans - For You

Categories: Wooden Work Bench | Author: admin 02.12.2013

We didn't have to do much cutting, because the front of our crates were going to be the same size as the smaller pre-cut boards. Next, I took a large drill bit and drilled four holes in the fronts of each crate for handles.
After I drilled the holes Cason went in with the rope to make sure that they would be big enough to get the rope through easily. First I tried Ebony stain, hoping to get a more grey finish, but wasn't really diggin' the look. You could add a cool stencil and then sand it a bit to jazz up the front or sides, some decorative hinges, or paint the crates a fun color and add some pretty pulls for a little girls room! I'm not sure how much blogging I'll be able to do, but you can follow my tweets and updates on facebook and twitter. Keep in mind that the type of tea you use can can vary the color of the wood, so have fun and experiment.
I actually ended up whitewashing these crates right before our wedding just to make them look a bit more weathered.  I basically painted on a mixture of 50% white paint and 50% water, let it sit for about a minute and then wiped it off with a rag. We have used this DIY stain on too many projects to count, including our rustic media stand, dining table, and wood frames on our gallery wall.
Updated Notes based on previous reader questions: I used 2 tea bags for this specific project {one probably would have been fine} and the type of tea doesn’t matter either, although different teas and woods can have a variation in color.
As for the amount of steel wool, on this project I used about a third of one piece, but I honestly prefer to make this stuff in large batches now since I use it so often. I’m using this technique on some new yardsticks I purchased to vintage them up a bit! I have a good amount of crates and wood to stain, I Guess I will probably just stain one and see how that one goes.

I recently set out to clean the rust off from some chrome bicycle parts and bought steel wool and vinegar and soaked the parts on the vinegar and took some #0000 steel wool to the parts and worked it just like I was sanding a piece of wood except there is no grain to follow, just rub willy nilly to remove the rust. This simple crate can instantly spruce up any space and we love how easy it was to create a completely custom look for under $10. Dave Cearley - For great results on new wood or old gray wood, I heartily recommend briwax. Terri - Of course, I found you through a pin bc I am looking to use crates under my son’s bed for storage and love the design of yours. Repurposed DIY Wooden Crate Projects for Home - […] a brand new crate from plain to stylish in a few hours.
So we picked up 16, 22inch planks for the fronts and backs, and then we bought some longer 3ft planks that we could cut, for the sides of the crates. I'm sure that if you wanted to make smaller ones that you could get an even better bang for your buck too. The first one shows several different types of wood and several different types of aging attempts and you can see what each one did to each type of wood. Last year I fell in love with the look of these vintage crates and even saw an article where someone had nailed all of the crates together to make a bookshelf. I keep telling myself I’m going to buy some unfinished crates to finish…now I have a great idea to go by! But being that these needed to be quite large AND lightweight for our project, we thought this was a pretty great price, for getting exactly the look we wanted. I kept mine in a mason jar and I used 2 bags of black chai tea for these specific crates, which was more than enough.
You will want to let the tea completely dry on the wood before continuing to the next step  – this generally takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

One week they showed how to make the vinegar stain but they, instead of using steel wool, used rusty nails and bolts and nuts, whatever you had around the house that was rusty. The second one shows a guy with some old wood making it look even older but mentions how it could be used to make new wood look old.
I’m afraid that the bookshelf would be too flimsy though, so this project is an alternative opportunity to still use the crates in a bookshelf-y way!
It’s one of the secrets of furniture builders recreating that antique look quickly and easily. Normally we would try to find wood that was a bit less expensive, but this wood is REALLY light, and our kiddos will be accessing these boxes a lot, so we wanted to make them easy for them to pull out. I was too busy looking up venues and cakes and dresses to pay attention and mine sat for about 4 days for this specific project. I wanted to take some walnut husks and if they weren’t already brown and mushy, let them stand in some kind of container until they reached that stage and then make some sort of paste out of them and rub it or brush it on some wood, let it dry for a while and then rub it off with a cloth or perhaps some paint or laquer thinner and see what the effect was. I like to use my Keurig to brew the tea, and if you want to add coffee grounds to the mix {which will make it darker and also help with the vinegar smell} you can just put a couple tablespoons in the jar, or keep one of the Keurig coffee filters in the machine and let it brew that on top of the tea. Like I said, I haven’t tried it but I am guessing that you could make your own stain. This way it strains the grounds and you don’t have to wipe them off the wood later, but either way works. One drawback though, this stain only works on certain woods, usually hardwoods, oak, ash and I don’t know what others.

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