Do you love the look of old crates but are shocked at the price of them? I will see some beautiful old Flower Crate, see the price tag, and keep moving. I wish I could find old wood crates in the Dumpsters I look in!
I finally decided I would take matters into my own hands and make a new crate look old myself! I started with a Brand New Pine Crate and did some searching online for inspo. I came up with this and put my stamp (literally) on my new crate.
This is from Funky Junk Interiors and her beautiful Stencil line
I bought a bunch of new crates from Michael’s Pro. It’s their version of a wholesale craft site. You do not need a resale license to buy from Michael’s Pro. You can save with this site because everything is sold in bulk. These crates came out to be about $8.49 each when I bought 12.
Every old crate I have seen has a dark color, or at least a weathered look. I used DIY Paint Dark & Decrepit Patina to make my crate look old. You could also use DIY Paint Old & Grey Patina, or a watered down mix of both. Either way, the raw pine screams “brand new crate” so you will want to do something to darken the wood. I don’t recommend commercial stains as they are almost always pretty toxic and will off gas for a while. This is why I only use the DIY Paint Dark & Decrepit or Tint the Clear Liquid Patina as it is a product that is 100% natural and has no fumes or anything in it I can’t use inside with ease.
I mentioned in my video I used the IOD Typography Stamp; it’s an older IOD Stamp and can be hard to find; you can also use the Block Type Stamp or the Farm Hand Stamp or even the new Letterpress Stamp. Or you can choose to use a stencil. Home Depot has some cheap and easy number and letter block stencils you can use.
I decided to embellish the edges of my New Crate with the IOD Stamp in Rose Toile. You can easily customize how you want your crate to look. I can never leave well enough alone, so more is more!
I chose corner reinforcements and industrial-looking cabinet/gate pulls. You can add whatever hardware, or no hardware. I love the Vintage Industrial look so I opted for these add ons. I also added casters so I can move it around, but if your crate is going to sit on a shelf or higher surface, you probably want to skip this step. Here’s a list of what I used and where you can find the items.
I shared in my video my favorite tip for quick faux rust. I take just a little bit of DIY Paint in Summer Crush (a burnt orange color) and dab it random places on whatever I want to make a rust look. While it is wet, I dab on more Dark & Decrepit to lightly blend the two. I find that it looks more realistic if you don’t overwork it. Just dab it on, dab off and leave to dry. This is an easy way to get a rusty look on just about anything!
It’s funny typing that heading. I am almost always trying to make something old look new. But sometimes you have to take something new and give it some history, or something new to you and give it a better history. If you enjoyed this post, please let me know in the comments below. If you have any questions about how to make a new crate look old, please don’t hesitate to reach out. If you would like to get regular updates on my upcycled creations, furniture and decor tutorials and a little bit of humor to brighten your day, please subscribe! Thanks again for stopping by.