Sunday, March 10, 2013

Wood crate

When I am working on a bigger projects, I always try to include a few smaller ones in...that's because I am a "get it done" kind of person, but with bigger projects (and smaller children) sometime that's just not possible.
So today I did this.
I had this basic wood crate that needed a basic makeover.
Just a plain pine crate from Michael's. 
(I think)...

For this project I gave whitewashing a try, 
which basically means you dilute the paint with water and make it a little "see through".
Then transferred a writing from "The Graphic Fairy" that I printed on regular paper.
I used carbon copy paper and traced the letters.
Nothing fancy.
This took less than 5 minutes and costs me pennies.
At first I was afraid of the whitewash technique, but I like to live on the edge try new things.
The nice thing about whitewashing is that you can always give it a second coat if the first one  did not cover enough.
I had this crate for years!
And now sits on our fridge holding all kinds of teas.

Stay Frugal,

18 comments:

NanaDiana said...

That turned out really cute, Dani. I just love it- xo Diana

Libby said...

I loved the way this crate turned out. Beautiful job!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Very cute Daniela!!

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Very cute AND useful. Love it!

Jeanette

Jana@Transformations From the Heart said...

Daniela,
The crate turned out very nice! I have several of them that need makeovers, one day I might get around to doing something with them. Love the graphic that you picked out.
Visiting you from Met Monday~Come by for a visit any time.

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

Super cute! You took a boring crate and make it look custom and cool.

Nancy Carr said...

So easy and pretty. I can even do this.

craftythriftydecoratingwifemom said...

That looks great!! We have some antique crates from farmer's markets or food sellers with original labels! We also have one for which hubs got an unused label to put on. I await the repaired crate (minor crack) to mod podge.
Janet

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Cute cute cute! I love it!

Kerry said...

Looks nice. I agree about the need for small projects, I need to focus on some small projects too, my big project is overwhelming at the moment!

Revi said...

You should be a graphic artist or a sign artist! If you did that in less than 5 minutes, that's amazing!
-Revi

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

Super cute Dani! I tried white washing recently, and loved it, I will have to try transfer paper sometime. It is always good to give something old new life!

Maria Elena said...

Daniela, your project turned out beautiful! You always do such a great job with the graphics. By the way, I am hosting a new Link party today on my blog. I am very excited and scared at the same time. LOL
Please, stop by. I need all the support I can get! :)Enjoy the rest of your week!

Cristina Garay said...

Really cute, Daniela! Those graphics and the whitewash totally changed it!

Suzan Sweatman said...

Don't know how I missed this Dani - but if it only took you 5 minutes to trace all that - I guess it would only take you 20 seconds if you win the transfer gel LOL
Gorgeous - like everything you do - just gorgeous!
Came by from Coastal Charm - congrats on the feature! ( you earned it )
XOX

The Vintage Chateau said...

Nice job, I'm also planning a crate project. Yours turned out darling!
Karee

Renea Luong said...
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Renea Luong said...

Nice project, Daniela! Who would have thought that this unused crate could be a useful stuff, right? I’ve seen different creations out of crate materials like a coffee table, wine crate and plant beds. Anything you can do with packaging boxes?
Renea Luong @ Legacy