DIY Distressed Crate

DIY Distressed Crate

I had seen this distressed crate that Melanie @ Bear, Rabbit, Bear had made as a gift for her mom.  I have to say, I’ve never ventured into painting wood, or any other type of furniture.  Frankly, I’m afraid I’ll screw it up!  And distressing it…..no way!  That’s only something I watch on DIY or HGTV, right? After seeing Melanie’s I knew I could do it!  It was super easy, and it turned out really well.  It looks adorable on our mantel {which I’ll show you later}.  


Materials:
*Wood Crate {I found mine at JoAnn’s.  It was labeled as a CD crate, just FYI}
*Acrylic paint {I used White, Laguna Blue, and a chocolate brown color}
*Paint brush
*Medium grade sand paper


Directions:
1.  Paint your crate the dark color and allow it to dry.  In this case, it was Laguna Blue.

2.  When the dark color is dry, paint over it with a lighter color.  I used white for this step.


3.  Next, when the lighter shade is dry, paint over it with another dark color, in this case the chocolate brown color.

DIY Distressed Crate

4.  When the last layer is dry, start sanding it with the sand paper.  Start out easy, and work your way around the whole crate until you get the look you want. 

 

DIY Distressed Crate

This would work if you did a LIGHT, DARK, LIGHT order of paints as well.  It’s just entirely up to you how you want it to look.  


On the crate that inspired me, Melanie had added a stencil.  Hers was VERY cute, but I decided to keep my crate plain since this was the first time I had done anything like this.  I think you could easily adorn it with some flowers, or with a wood word or letter from the craft store.  

 

DIY Distressed Crate

I decided to use it on the mantel, and put some painted Mason jars in it filled with some flowers.  

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Comments

  1. I totally love it, Carrie! It looks wonderful. The colors look great. Isn't it encouraging to get a painting project like this under your belt!?!

  2. A very satisfying project and you have made it seem simple and doable. Your photos and instructions are great.

  3. A very satisfying project and you have made it seem simple and doable. Your photos and instructions are great.

  4. I love it!!! You can hardly tell it was a DIY. It looks more like an old crate. I've been wanting to do something like this for our kitchen table. I'm pinning this for later.

  5. Love this! I have to do this!

  6. Love this … Pinned!

  7. This is fabulous! :)

  8. This is fabulous! :)

  9. This is so cute. I had no idea you could find crates like that at Joanns. I've got to go check out my Joanns.

  10. I love how it turned out! I think I need one!

  11. Once you start distressing, you will not want to stop! great looking and great tutorial! Came over from Whimsy wed.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  12. Thanks for sharing you take on a distressed crate! It looks beautiful… I think I may need to make myself one too! Kim

  13. LOVE IT Carrie!!! What a beautiful crate!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  14. I loved how this turned out…makes me want to try out the technique! I would love one just like yours :)

    Erin

  15. I loved how this turned out…makes me want to try out the technique! I would love one just like yours :)

    Erin

  16. I totally love this! I featured it at our party round-up today. =)

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