The other day I was shopping at Michael's (which happens to be my all time favorite store) and I spotted these crates. They were wood and only $10, and if you have a coupon you pay even less.
This got me to thinking if I could use one, and if so, where. I came up with the idea of placing it on top of the cubby unit I just made over, and I'd use it for newspaper storage. The only problem was the unfinished wood. Today I'm going to share how I transformed that crate and got a stunning finish with stain.
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I walked around a little bit more and found this stain. It's from Michael's private label Craftsmart. I really liked that soft grey color. And if you know anything about me at all, it's that I'm all about soft and calm this past year. So I added that to my cart.
What I Used:
The How To:
It was such an easy project. I started out by sanding the rough spots on the outside of the crate. I didn't bother with the inside because I had other ideas for it.
I brushed the stain (not affiliate link) on all sides and wiped back with a paper towel. Below you can see how it looked after one coat.
I used a sponge/foam brush to get into the tight spots.
After the second coat it was done but I still needed to add a wax to seal in the stain.
There is actually a wax that goes with the stain (not affiliate link), but I already had lots of wax. So in the spirit of using up my supplies, I chose to go with the Daddy Van's Decorative Wax in Farmhouse White. I'm sure any wax will do just fine.
I went with the white to try and get a bit more interest in the wood color and also lighten it up a bit.
Just put it on and buff it off.
Because I didn't sand the wood on the inside, it was not smooth and I ended up with this rustic goodness from the white wax which I'm really loving!
Now I've got the perfect container for my newspapers. I actually use them when I'm peeling potatoes or making a mess on the kitchen counter. I place them on the counter before I make my mess and then just throw them out when I'm done. A good way to use those newspapers and flyers and a great way to protect your counters.
The color is a soft grayish brown and not dark at all so it blends in nicely with the rest of the room. And it has that farmhouse look we all love so much!
I think it looks stunning, in a subtle kind of way! In fact I love it so much, I may go back and get a few more. Have, I mentioned just how much I love shopping at Michael's?
This was my tutorial on how to get a stunning finish on a wood crate with stain. It was such an easy project, in fact it only took me about an hour with the drying time. Those crates never looked so good!
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