May 11, 2012

quite a classy crate

i've been wanting a crate to put over all the wires next to my desk and vintage crates are huge right now

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and they are kind of beautiful...aren't they

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i love the typography...the old wood......c'est amour. but i DON'T love the price tags on these puppies
def out of my price range

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but this one from michael's had just the right price tag

 $12 with a 40% off coupon. gotta love a coupon :)

this is the 'large crate', so make sure not to get a smaller one if you want to make your very own
classy vintage crate

so here is what's up. you need:
a crate
a bowl/ other round object
a pencil
a ballpoint pen
sand paper
paint brush (foam or bristle)
wood stain
wood finish

1. get your bowl and place it like so on the end of your crate

2. outline the edge of your bowl/other object in pencil lightly. make sure your bowl/other object is centered!

3. find a vintage sign you like. i found this one on pinterest- it looked simple and nice. but if you are really good at free handing, pick out something crazier. or easier. whatever floats your boat

4. start free handing the sign. it doesn't need to be perfect, and you can make mistakes because hey! pencil is erasable!

when you're done sketching it will look something like this

5. outline and fill in your sign with a black ballpoint pen.

which will end up looking something like this. let it dry awhile, so that the ink can set into the wood

6. take some of that sandpaper and brush it over the logo, some spots more than others, to make ti look faded

as you can see, the ink will smear a little. don't worry at all. it will look fabulous smeared :)

7. beat up your wood. get a spoon, a paint brush, or whatever is laying around and whack, scrap, stab and beat up the wood

8. stain and finish it. i used minwax special walnut and minwax polycrylic.

 they work wonders. i put on two light coats of stain along with one coat of finish and here is what it came out as....


take that heftily priced crates! i just made my own!!!

so now this

looks like this

ah, i love me a wire free space.

oh and i love the price of my vintage crate

yay yay yay :)

so you gonna make it? huh huh huh?


you are just the cherry on top of my sundae!