Decorative storage with a personal(ized) touch

15 Sep

Here’s how my Saturday morning began. Shouldn’t every weekend start with a cup of coffee and a fun project?

photo 1So, what did I minwax? {Yeah, that’s a verb. Trust me.} I found this crate at Michael’s last week and had a 40% off coupon, which means it cost me a little over $8.

photo 4After sanding the whole piece, I applied one coat of Minwax stain in Dark Walnut with a foam brush. I waited about 10-15 minutes and wiped away the excess stain with a clean cloth. Then I let it dry in the sun for a few hours. After that, I applied two layers of Minwax Finishing Wax Paste and buffed it.

photo 5I let the piece dry completely overnight to make sure any stain that might still be wet had a chance to dry and to reduce the smell of fumes before bringing it inside. Then, this morning I got my Martha on…yep. again. πŸ™‚

photo 2You gotta love Martha. I have other plans to use this specialty finish on another project soon, so I’m glad I liked the end result. I got out my Martha stencils, which are my favorite to use because they are adhesive and completely reusable (even after you wash off the excess paint).

photo 3Have you figured out what that number means yet? I’m sure you can guess. πŸ˜‰

I was a little worried the paint might not “stick” to the wood after the stain and finishing wax, but it worked beautifully. I thought about sanding the piece again to make the numbers look a bit worn, but for now, I like it as is. And here are a couple of uses I thought of for this piece.

Bathroom storage:


Living room storage:

IMG_1182So now that you can see that I also painted “EST.” on the crate, you’ve probably figured out that the number stands for our wedding date. I like that it’s a personalized touch that is not over the top.

This is probably one of my favorite DIM {Do It Myself} projects I’ve shared on my blog so far. It took a couple of hours of my time and is a functional piece we can use for several years. It also matches the dark walnut tone of most of our furniture. And once you factor in what I had to spend to make it, the whole thing probably cost me around $15.

What would you use a crate like this to store in your home? Which of the two options above do you prefer (bathroom or living room storage)?



Posted by on September 15, 2013 in DIY, Interior Design


4 responses to “Decorative storage with a personal(ized) touch

  1. Bruna

    September 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I love reading all about your projects! You are inspiring me to think about venturing out of my comfort zone to do my own DIY projects. Gracias!

  2. Mary

    September 15, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Love it! Very cool!


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