CRATE TUTORIAL April 29 2015, 17 Comments

I am hooked on finishing crates lately. I love the rustic look and using stain and other paint techniques to give the crate an aged appearance. Of course the images over at the Graphics Fairy website are always a hit in making crafting so much more fun!

First a picture of the crate BEFORE along with some finished crates.First step is getting yourself organized. I had 6 crates and wanted a different look on each. I chose my images over at the graphics fairy then photo copied each on my laser printer.  Of course you want to be sure any images with script be mirror imaged or you will land up with a bunch of backwards mumbo jumbo!! Trust me I have forgotten and made that mistake before.

STEP #2   For this project I chose a dark stain. I used a paint brush and rag to brush and rub the stain into the entire crate. I like to leave more stain in certain areas and less in others until I get the aged look I am happy with.

STEP #3  Choosing my images. This crate is my favorite. I loved the 2 images and thought they worked well together on my crate

.STEP #4 The first image was taped down onto the crate where I used my blender pen and old library card to transfer and burnish the image onto the crate. The Lord Calvert Coffee can image I mod podged onto some cardboard then attached to the side of the crate with raffia.  See EASY PEASY you now have some fun rustic storage.


I also decided to paint  the sides of some of the crates with some useful ideas. MORE PICS

THE END! Thanks for viewing.