Distressed Vintage Crate Project

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I love all things vintage, especially vintage soda crates, so when my coworker Johanna Love saw this beauty at Goodwill for only $6 (crazy right?) she knew I would be head-over-heels for it.

Being the kind soul that she is, I was thrilled when she purchased it for me. Immediately, I hung it up on my wall at home to store knick knacks. Although I adored the rustic brown color, I decided to whitewash it to match my recent home décor renovations. In this case, whitewashing worked especially well because the original “character,” marks, and writing on the sides showed through.

To whitewash the crate I simply mixed gesso with water and lightly painted the box with one layer. After it dried, I filled all the little compartments with some of my favorite supplies: washi tapes, mini clothespins, wood mounted stamps, and ribbon on spools. If you are in the market for a vintage crate, I urge you to scope out your local antique markets or thrift stores in your area, and you'll be likely to find a treasure for yourself (or a lucky friend.)

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I love all things vintage, especially vintage soda crates, so when my coworker Johanna Love saw this beauty at Goodwill for only $6 (crazy right?) she knew I would be head-over-heels for it.

Being the kind soul that she is, I was thrilled when she purchased it for me. Immediately, I hung it up on my wall at home to store knick knacks. Although I adored the rustic brown color, I decided to whitewash it to match my recent home décor renovations. In this case, whitewashing worked especially well because the original “character,” marks, and writing on the sides showed through.

To whitewash the crate I simply mixed gesso with water and lightly painted the box with one layer. After it dried, I filled all the little compartments with some of my favorite supplies: washi tapes, mini clothespins, wood mounted stamps, and ribbon on spools. If you are in the market for a vintage crate, I urge you to scope out your local antique markets or thrift stores in your area, and you'll be likely to find a treasure for yourself (or a lucky friend.)

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