Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Repurposed Wooden Crate and my New Favorite Product!!!

Months ago I bought a small wooden crate at my local thrift store. I had no idea what to do with it, until I saw someone hang one on their wall! I couldn't wait to makeover my crate into a wall decoration!

I love how it turned out! There were some minor problems, but in the end it turned out great!

Here is how I made it:

I first painted it a cream color to get started. It took a couple of coats to cover it. I didn't paint it perfectly because I was just going to try to make it look old again.

In order to make it look old I used a product called "Rub 'n Buff." This product is a thick wax-like substance that is AMAZING!! This stuff does wonders! All you have to do is rub it on with your finger or soft cloth and then wipe it off. I also used some sandpaper to make it look a little older. The color I used was called Spanish Copper and I loved it. It has a great brown color with copper undertones. It looks great on my crate and it gave it the old look I really wanted!

I have used a variety of different colors and have been very impressed. I have used it on both metal and wood and it has worked great on both! It is so easy to use and it really adds character to any project! I love making things look old and this product really does the trick! :) The other thing I noticed is the tube seems really small, but a little goes a long way. I have done several projects and have yet to use more than half of a tube. I hope you try it out and love it as much as I do! :) It is an Amaco product and you can find it here for more info!

After I applied my Rub 'n Buff, I used a little sandpaper on some edges to finish it off.

Now let me tell you this crate was a royal pain in my butt! It broke about 3 times and by that time I said the heck with it! I will just keep it broken. It will give it more character! :)

The worst part of this project was hanging it. I tried to hang it twice and after breaking it and fixing it a number of times I made the husband hang it.

To decorate the inside I got some glass bottles and filled them with different colors of buttons. It was simple and easy and I can always change the colors of buttons. I also used a couple of wood blocks. I didn't want to use anything too heavy because apparently this crate was not well made and I didn't want to break it for the fifteenth time!

I love how it turned out and I can't wait to find another crate and make another one! It adds so much more character than just a regular shelf!


the thrifty ba said...

what isnt to love! im going to get some of those rub n buff!

Amaco said...


I really like how your crate turned out - such a clever idea! If anyone is looking for AMACO's Rub 'n Buff, they can find it at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, art supply stores, and of course on the AMACO website.

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

This is an adorable idea! Love ithanging on the wall. Looks fantastic! Visiting from SDC. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~Stephanie Lynn

Crafty Sue said...

This is such a great idea. Thanks for the tutorial. I love it!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

This project made me heart go pitter pat. Well done.

Brandon said...

Lindsey I am glad you decided to start crafting again!!!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Glad you are back. This is a beauty! I will feature this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

The crates are great and I'm going to have to take a look for that rub n buff :) Thanks for sharing! ~ Laura

Lynette said...

Love it! I have some crates that I need to hang. HOW did you hang it?