Our Shoppe Manager and crafting queen extraordinaire Vanessa Spencer joins us on the blog to share a story about her latest DIY creation.
While working at Stampington, my co-worker Johanna Love and I have become very good friends. With my family living in Australia, I feel lucky to have someone here that is like another sister. Working together, we have connected not only as fellow creatives, but also as mothers of little ones. I think we just simply “get” each other!
Last holiday season, Johanna and I got together to celebrate an early Christmas, and much to my surprise, Johanna had a special gift for me. Johanna knows how much I love all things vintage, especially vintage soda crates, so when she saw this beauty at Goodwill for only $6 (crazy right?) she knew I would be head-over-heels excited. And I was!
Immediately, I hung it up on the wall at home to store knick knacks. I loved the rustic brown color, but decided to paint it white to match my recent home décor renovations. No big deal – or at least, I didn’t think it was. But when I mentioned to Johanna that the crate was now white, she said, “The auctioneer in me is cringing right now!” Oh goodness, what have I done? I thought. I knew that she wasn’t really upset with me, but it certainly made me wonder…had the value of the crate been destroyed?
When I brought the crate into work, each cubby filled with crafty goodness, I was anxious to see Johanna’s reaction. She was relieved that I had decided to whitewash it and not actually paint it. In this case, whitewashing simply worked because the original “character” and marks and writing on the sides still show through. Very cool!
To whitewash the crate I simply mixed gesso with water and lightly painted the box. I filled all the little compartments with some of my favorite supplies: fabric tapes, cute clothespins, and ribbon on spools. If you are in the market for a vintage crate, scope out the local antique markets in your area.
I’ve seen lots of creative crate planter ideas lately – such a cute project to make for a garden. I think I know what my next project will be!
Vanessa Spencer is the Shoppe Manager and Artist in Residence for Stampington & Company. Head over to The Studio to view more of her inspirational how-to projects!
If you have a similar crate (or plan to get your hands on one), share your innovative upcycling ideas in the comments below or send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project by Vanessa Spencer
Photo by Johanna Love