Knock off antique crate and tutorial

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I have a fun and easy tutorial on how to make an antique crate without the price tag.  I’ve been keeping my eye out for one but haven’t had any luck finding one that was reasonably priced. 
So I decided to make my own to store all of our magazines.


Carbon Mill Finish Paper
Wood CrateStain
Sharpie Acrylic Paint, Steel Gray


Craft Paint Brush and regular sized paint brush

1999 was the year we were married so I thought it would be fun to have those as our numbers!

I bought one of these at the craft store

Painted it using some leftover On The Rocks with a dry brush. (you could also use plain craft paint)  

Printed up my letters and traced it using carbon paper

You can barely see the letters

Used a sharpie and traced the letters and then filled it in with a bigger sharpie

Sanded it till I had my desired effect then buffed it to make it smooth

I took some wood stain, dipped a wet cloth in it and lightly applied it over the whole crate to give it a worn look.

So there you have it, my knock off antique crate without the price tag!
Easy and fun to make!
Thank you for stopping by!


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  1. Praying for your Gramma!
    Isn't it funny you can't find things when you want them but you did good!

  2. Your crate turned out wonderful! Prayers go out for your grandmother, so sorry. My grandmother just had her 2nd heart attack last week and is in the hosp. as well. She's 95.


  3. Hi Kristin, sorry to hear that your grandmother is ill. Keeping her in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love your magazine box and that you used your wedding year and last name as the text on it! I love a home filled with meaningful things! Looks so cool too!

  4. So cute, I went over to the liquor store the other day and they gave me some wine crates for free, haven't done anything with them yet… this is a good idea, thanks for sharing…


  5. the box is adorable!
    your grandmother and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. the box is adorable!
    your grandmother and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. totally gorgeous!!!

    we bought a lovely old one from a brocante in france last year- which was half the price of what they are asking for them in england!

    it is my pride & joy…
    now I can make another thanks to you….


    Melissa x

  8. Your crate project turned out beautiful; neat idea! My morning ritual of a lit candle while having coffee and blogging; a special prayer for your grandmother. Have a blessed week. Patty

  9. Great crate!
    And many, many prayers being said for your Grandma. Keep us posted on how she is doing.
    HAGD! Karen

  10. Sending prayers your way. Grandma's are just so special. Love the work you did on your crate. It turned out really nice.

  11. Great crate! Great idea. So sorry to hear about your grandmother. I will keep you both in my prayers. XOXO

  12. Hello Kristin,

    I am sorry to hear that your Grandmother is in the hospital. I will keep her in my prayers.

    I love how your crate project turned out. I especially like how you personalized it.


  13. I will keep your Grandmother in my thoughts and prayers, Kristin. Your crate is wonderful! Sending a hug your way.

  14. Cute knockoff! I like how you sanded off the letters for a time worn look.

    I will definitely keep your grandma in my prayers.

  15. So sorry to hear about your grandmother Kristin. I will certainly add her to our prayers.

    The crate you made looks fab! Why can't I come up with things like that??? 😉

  16. What a great idea!! I love it for magazines, and stuff like firewood! it would be an awesome gift idea for those that have a fire place!

  17. Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous makeover! you did a great job & it turned out so darling! xoxo, tracie

  18. Sending prayers to you and your grandmother…keeping you both in my thoughts!

    Love how the crate came out…great job!

  19. So sorry to hear about your gma! I will be thinking of you and your family.

    Love the crate. You did a fabulous job! I am seeing these used for bookcases too. I am totally inspired.

  20. love it, going to try it asap!
    sending prayers and well wished to your grandma and your family.

  21. me encanta el resultado final de tu caja,me gustaria hcer algo parecido con una caja de vinos que tengo pero seguro que no me queda tan bien como a ti. Bss Josefa.

  22. For a minute, I thought you were going to write you whipped this up using old pallets! Phew! You did a great job, Kristin.

  23. So creative Kristin! I love the one with your anniversary year on it, what a great idea. I will be praying for your grandmother. I know how hard it is to see a grandparent sick. 🙁 Also, praying that you have a restful week. 🙂


  24. Pure AWESOMENESS….and i am sooo gonna copy it.
    Thanks for the great instructions.
    Be back later to hook up for your meme..:)

  25. Hi Sweetie,

    How are you?
    I enjoy seeing how creative you are!! You are such a beautiful and talented friend. Catched up on your last posts! Absolutly inspiring!

    Love allways,

  26. That's adorable and I love that you put your anniversary year & last name on it. I actually have a few of these exact crates and been trying to figure out a way to do something cute with them ~ thanks for the inspiration.

    I'm visiting from Transformation Thursday and am your newest follower & subscriber :O)

  27. Hi Kristin~ I absolutely love this charming piece. It looks so lovely next to your fireplace and love the personalized touch! Hope you grandma is doing better- saying a prayer for her and for your family. My grandmother and I were always so close and I miss her so much. You are always welcome to come share at Feathered Nest Friday too 🙂

  28. Hi Kristin! Just coming back over to thank you for linking up your gorgeous crate tutorial to Inspiration Friday this week! 🙂

  29. What a gorgeous magazine container Kristin! I love all the layered effects you added with the paint then the stain – really gives the piece a nice aged effect!

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