Crate Love

I have a thing for crates. It makes me happy that I can purchase them (small-large) for $6 or less.  I use them for a lot of things…everyday décor, party centerpieces, gifts, art shows, storage, you name it.  So many possibilities.  Here is a crate makeover that I recently completed:

Unfinished craft store crate $3
Dark Walnut Stain
Matte white paint (I used gesso)
brown craft paint
Sand paper
Old nail tacks  

How to:
1. Stain crate and let dry.
2. Paint over with white (2-3 coats) and let dry.  
3. Pencil on and paint lettering using brown craft paint (I printed the text off Word and  a/b transferred).  -Dry brush method works best for rustic finish. 

4. Hammer on some nail tacks for added charm.

5. Once paint has dried, rough it up with some sand paper and voila! … fresh eggs anyone?

                                     Before                                                                                                After

If you are not going for the distressed look, skip step one and just paint it white(no sanding required). Or go with the stained look and don’t paint it white at all. If you don’t want lettering, skip step 3. If you don’t have tacks, don’t worry, it will still look nice with the staple dents(see picture#2). See…so many possibilities. ;)  Now go buy a crate or two…or three. Don’t forget your coupons!

Check out this project and get inspired over at:
30 Handmade Days
Tatertots & Jello


  1. I love this! It's so simple and would look great in my kitchen! I love crates too! Great job!

  2. I love crates too! :) I would love for you to share this with my "Unveil Your Genius" link party.

    Happy Sunday!

  3. mmm fresh and fun! love the whit and the farmhouse touch! xo

    would love to have ya pop by for a visit sometime - giveaway going on now!


  4. Looks great and easy too. Please tell me where on earth you are finding crates for $6?

    1. Thank you, Carla! A.C. Moore with a coupon. ;)

      Krista @ mk inspired

  5. This is cute! I'd love if you'd come link up at my Tutorial Tuesday over at Our Thrifty Ideas that just went up. http://www.ourthriftyideas.com/2012/04/tutorial-tuesday-5.html