Back in May I attended the Downtown to Downton Hometalk bloggers meetup in Greensboro, North Carolina. The event was hosted by two of the sweetest ladies, Amy of Atta Girl Says and Suzie of Worthing Court. They did such a fabulous job putting the event together! The entire day was so much fun and of course included lots of great shopping opportunities!
Every store we visited that day was filled with beautiful and tempting things to buy. I was pretty good on the spending, but did go home with a few treasures. One of my favorite finds wasn’t found in a store, but surprisingly in a parking lot outside of an antique shop. There was a guy selling a variety of things including a bunch of wooden crates. I am not exactly sure what they were used for or called, but it looked like they may have been used to transport plants to garden stores.
I had great intentions of fixing up my $5 wooden tray right away, but being that it’s now almost the end of September you can see how slow and far behind I am in getting all those well intended projects done.
Last week I finally had some time to work on a few projects and decided to tackle this one first. I started by washing the crate with some dish soap, giving it a good rinse with hot water and letting it dry completely. Not sure if this was the “proper” way to go about prepping the wood, but it worked for lazy me.
I luckily have several cans of Maison Blanche paint on hand, I just needed to pick the color(s). I decided on La Bonne Terre and then dry brushed it with Sugar Cane.
To enhance the wood grain and give it an “aged” look I started by applying a clear wax and then dark wax. I am always amazed how the wax totally changes the look of a painted piece. It always makes me feel like I know what I’m doing when I really don’t.
The finishing touch are the cute gingham handles I added to each side which I picked at Hobby Lobby for a few dollars each.
It always feels good to finish a project and have it turn out well. Not sure how the next one will go, but it’s always fun trying!
Have a great week y’all!