A few years ago I developed an unheard of obsession with painting things mustard yellow. When I saw that DecoArt had released a line of chalky finish paint and it came in a mustardy yellow color I was perhaps a bit too happy. Luckily they were nice enough to send me a jar of it along with a few other goodies to whip up this DIY Wooden Crate ready to take center stage on your Thanksgiving table.
- 1×6 wood board
- 1×2 wood board (6 ft length will get you all you need)
- Wood glue
- DecoArt Americana Gel Stain in Walnut
- Brad Nailer & Compressor (I have the BOSTITCH 3-Tool Compressor Combo Kit and I LOVE IT) or Hammer & nails
- Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Inheritance
- Deco Art Americana Decor Creme Wax in Golden Brown
- Paint brushes
- Measure and cut your boards:
- (1) 16.25 in long 1 x6
- (2) 4 inch long 1×6
- (4) 18 inch long 1×2
- Stain all sides of the boards with the gel stain. This was my first time using a gel stain, it has the consistency of paint. I’m still on the fence about it. I’m used to using a really thin oil based stain that I can slap on quickly. This took longer to put on but the first piece was dry by the time I got to the last and NO SMELL! I think I’ll stick to my regular stain for large projects but keep this on hand for smaller stuff. I was expecting the walnut to be darker but it might have been more of an issue with my application method
- After the stain is dry glue and nail the 4 inch pieces to the short ends of the 16.25 inch 1×6. (If you’re on the fence about getting a compressor and some fancy nail guns GO FOR IT. I had one project in mind when we bought the set and I was afraid we wouldn’t use them enough to make it worth the price but they’ve been worth every penny. Literally minutes to staple all the fencing for our 10*30 ft chicken run, plus refilling tires and lots of odd job building projects)
- Nail and glue the 1×2’s to the frame starting at the bottom keeping everything flush, then add the top boards. You should have about a one inch space
- Paint the tray with the chalk finish paint. You may be wondering why we didn’t paint it first? I was going for a more rustic look and I didn’t want a smooth even finish. I like to use super cheap chip brushed for paint jobs like this because I love the uneven texture they give. I left the inside stain only. Imagine you were going to paint the top and sides with a roller, the areas it would touch are what you want to paint. This was my first time using non-homemade chalk paint. I had a bit of a heart attack at first, this color (Inheritance) goes on really bright yellow but calms down as it dries. As I was working on this I also repainted the frame for our giant chalk board and I’m going to play around with distressing that a bit. I really like the thickness of the paint. When you go homemade there is a ‘sweet spot’ where the paint isn’t too thick or thin but just perfect, this paint hit that consistency right on the head.
- When the paint is dry get out another chip brush and dry brush on some golden brown wax, I left the stain-only areas alone and just waxed over the paint. It’s amazing how much dimension the wax adds. It will harden overtime and protect the wood and paint. I love the color depth you get with this wax. I picked the golden brown but there is also a clear wax and a dark brown. I can see the darker colors working really well as an accent or with darker colors but I think the golden brown is perfect for the mustardy color I used. I barely touched the wax, I can see this little tub lasting for a very long time so I think it’s a great investment if you do a lot of wood painting.
I had too much fun looking around my house for different things to fill up the crate with. My original plan was to use the hydrangeas I dried but my husband threw them out because them were dead. Yep… moving on. I had picked up a bunch of fake green hydrangeas so I pulled those apart and surrounded the three milk glass vases with the smaller bunches.
I kept the hydrangeas but swapped out the milk glass for a teapot, sugar bowl and creamer set I picked up at a garage sale this summer.
One more with the hydrangeas, this time I filled crate up with the chalk painted fruit I fancied up last fall. I find something unsettling about super shiny fruit.
I call this autumn explosion. I pulled out the hydrangeas (the cat promptly knocked them on the floor and them Mary pulled them to pieces) put the milk glass back, tucked in a few stalks of fake leaves and dropped in a few fake gourds I had left over from the witchy wreath.
Again, many thanks to DecoArt for providing me with the paint needed to complete this project!