Today I worked on a few wine crates that I picked up for $7 apiece from a local woman trying to get rid of her boxes. After completion, I WANT MORE. I’m very tempted to email her back and see if she got any new stock. I don’t know if she belongs to a bunch of wine clubs or is a vendor, but I’d like to repurpose them for storage. I have ideas for some storage options, but don’t know if I need that many more. There is a fine line between want and need. 98% of the time I just want stuff. This is also why I craft. I told a friend of mine that I like having things, but I can’t always afford all the things I see in catalogs. Let’s just say that I’m materialist but practical. That is why I do what I do. My crafts may not come out as perfectly as a product from West Elm or Pottery Barn, but it adds character and I get it at a fraction of a cost with a similar look.
There were some large shipping labels on the crates that took a while to get off. Since the wood was raw and untreated, I didn’t want to use Goo Gone. After trying to use my nails for a little while, my Dad helped me break out the belt sander. What a difference it made. Zip, zip and the labels were gone. My Dad also helped me remove the staples that were left in the box edges to speed up the process.
I used a can of “Cherry” wood stain that my Dad had leftover in his cabinet. I did the first two boxes in the cherry stain, but thought that it was a little light. The stain wasn’t much deeper than the original raw wood color. Even after setting for a few days, the cherry is still a little light for my taste. For the other three boxes I switched to a “Dark Walnut” wood stain that I had used for another project when I first moved into our apartment. It’s nice because a little bit of stain goes a long way in the dark color. With the Cherry color, I was slopping it on in hopes of making it look darker. I saw on a DIY show that stain application is much easier and smoother with an old rag rather than a brush. I liked the outcome much better because there weren’t any streaks and it was much faster to do all five boxes.
All-in-all, I really like the way the boxes turned out and have big plans for them. I think after writing this post that I may have convinced myself that I “need” more boxes.
|This is the difference between the Cherry and the raw. I like the darkness on the edges of the wood, but the face didn't turn out as dark.|