UA-59651954-28 Crafty Allie: DIY Mini Crate Makeover

Sunday, May 17, 2015

DIY Mini Crate Makeover

Hello Monday Moaners!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Today, I am honored to have Sue from 

Sue is a DIY, paper crafting, picture taking, creative kind of gal. She's also a bit of an organizing nut! Sue loves to find good JUNK to re-purpose into GREAT treasures!
You can check out Sue's blog at

My DIY Mini Crate Make Over…
Because sometimes a girl changes her mind.
It all started with this… 
 My Sweet Earth Day Tea Party Crate.
A cute cream and pink crate with a pretty pink flower.
It was perfect for what I wanted at the time.
But… always resourceful, I decided to reuse the mini crate in my work space.
Because my work space has a vintage vibe… a mini make over was in order.

I took off the flower embellishment and gave the crate a light sanding.
Being an impatient crafter, I was tempted to start my next color right away.  
Make sure to wait.
Allow a couple of hours for the piece to dry before adding the next color.  (trust me).
Next, I gave the crate a light coating with Black Home Décor paint.
Use a small paint brush to get into those corners.
With a soft, damp, clean cloth, wipe off the black paint to give it an aged distressed look.

If you start to think it looks to dark, just add highlights with the red paint directly over the ebony paint.
If you like a mat finish, you can stop right here.
I wanted a little more sheen, so I applied FOLKART Plaid 34170 Home Decor Wax, 8-Ounce, Clear.
With the wax, you apply a thin coat, wait one hour and buff with a clean soft cloth.
I’ve always loved furniture with that aged red finish and wanted to give it a try.
Now that I’ve started with something small, (which is always a good idea)
I’ve got my eye on a couple more pieces I’d like to refinish.

FYI:  If you’d like a mini crate like mine you can get it at Walnut Hollow.

Thank you so much Sue, for guest blogging and showing off your fabulous crate makeover!

And thank you all for tuning in today!
Until Next Time...


  1. Thanks for the featuring my project.
    Sue Eldred

  2. This is adorable. I love little crates n things to put stuff in. Nice job Sue!

  3. Hello beautiful! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on tonight at 7 pm because we love to party with you! Happy Memorial Day! Lou Lou Girls

  4. That mini crate is awesome - All thing s wood are simply the best, the red is perfect.
    - Carole

  5. LOVE these! Extra storage is always great. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!

  6. LOVE these! Extra storage is always great. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!

  7. I am in love with this crate! I want to find one to makeover now. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Great ideas!!! Thank you for sharing on our bowdabra Saturday linkz party!!


  9. Such a great project. I love the red chalk paint, too. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. I do hope you will join us again this week. Your create will be featured at this week's party :-)


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