(The supplies and instructions are at the end of this blog.)
As soon as it was a reasonable hour to start sanding and not annoy my neighbors... I gave it a good once over to prep the wood and sand down the rough edges. Now comes the magic. I generously painted the tea on every part of the crate and let it dry in the sun. Then I added a second coat of tea. You won't see very much happening at this stage... but always make sure that the wood is soaking up the tea. If it beads up you need to sand a little more. The wood needs to be untreated and able to absorb the tea.
As soon as the crate was dry I painted on the vinegar concoction. Here's the cool thing about staining wood or aging wood this way... you don't have to be neat. It doesn't matter if it drips or drizzles or runs. So slap that stuff on! I did two coats and let it dry in the sun. It's an instant gratification and transformation!!!
My son had a great idea to go buy some hardware hinges and a front clasp. Genius. And I had a blast with the power tools! Now this crate is not only an amazing rustic decor prop... but it's fully functional for storage. Total investment under $10. Pretty cool.
As a finishing touch and for a richer look I went ahead and did a generous layer of paste wax. I don't always use the paste wax, but in this case it really was the icing on the cake! I am so happy with the end result.
It's going to be an awesome addition to my wedding decor props and rentals. Perfect for a rustic chic wedding or country themed wedding. And for now, it looks awesome in my living room. Yay!
DO IT YOURSELF!
Here's what you will need to tea & vinegar stain wood.
Here's the wood staining process:
This wood staining process is great for making rustic signage, staining new wood crates and boxes to make them look older... and I've even used it on furniture. The best thing is how easy, cheap, and foolproof it is. So if you've got the urge to do a little DIY project this is a simple one. Have fun!
My name is Sue Bennett and I am the owner of Cabbage Rose Weddings. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope that the content on this blog is both inspirational and informational.