Thursday, April 15, 2010

CRATE LOVE


Awww… Crate Love. I'm feelin' it!

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I have been working on this for about a week and a half.

It’s a little rickety and rusty but very heavy and somewhat sturdy.

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I saw potential for a table… something I’m sure that has been done before… somewhere.

And it would also be used for storage… two functions in one piece… gotta love it.

OK… here’s where I began.

Painting…

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I painted all the crate side panels with an antique white acrylic paint.

Next, I distressed the panels with brown acrylic paint, glaze and sandpaper.

Then, I printed out four words on the computer to look at and freehanded them on the panels. I couldn’t find any stencils for the size I wanted so I just went for it on my own!

I was likin’ it though… uneven and all.

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I chose Love, Hope, Faith, and Grace.

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I have an old checkers game board that gave me inspiration for the lid/top of the crate.

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Again, I used black and brown acrylic paint, glaze, and sandpaper to distress it.

Oh and I have to mention my ruler… I couldn’t have done this or the lettering without it! Thank you ruler!

Onto the part that I had the most frustration… evuh!!

My mistakes.

You see, I am not a woodworker and I try to get by the best way I can, yet still create sturdiness and durability. Unfortunately, this process of mine made me take several trips to the hardware store.

You see this hinge…

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After installing what I thought to be really cute hinges… I had to uninstall because they were way too flimsy for this piece and bent right away after opening the lid.

See these angles…

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This is my second installation of angles because the first 8 that I fully installed were also too flimsy for this piece.

Nothing like having to put in a ga-billion screws, unscrewing them and then screwing another ga-billion screws in!

NOTE: I used Rust-oleum’s Hammered All Surface Paint on the angles and ga-billion screws.

But I finally finished with this…

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Sooo... I'm still learning and growing in the process of building things.

I am also glad I went back and corrected everything because now I have this...

My new table with storage!

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Thanks for stoppin’ by!


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14 comments:

  1. Simply awesome. I am now a puppy dog follower! Love this!

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  2. Most excellent! This is a wonderful table project and I am flummoxed that you haven't been featured on gabillion blogs!! Perhaps you could post it on one of the big blog parties out there right now? You deserve some attention for your great redos. Annnndddd....I'm your newest follower.

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  3. Okay, its me again. I posted before I noted that you have put this on some blog parties. Nevertheless, your talent speaks volumes and you deserve some bloggy love!

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  4. Wow,, your table is amazing.. definitely inspiring. I love the rustic look.

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  5. This is fantastic. I love the words and your vignette is perfect on it!!

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  6. OH I JUST HAVE TO SAY HOW VERY MUCH I LOVE THIS!!!

    I think I left a note when I saw it at Donna's, but it is wroth repeating!

    And..... too excited...
    I just got tops from 7 Bee Keepers Boxes. Shabby peely white. perfect.
    I have all the tools right out in the garage, and know how to use them.
    DILEMMA: NO TIME!!!

    S, hats off to you for figuring it all out, and doing it!!! I may have to settle for one lonely sign from your idea. =)

    smiles and blessings

    barbara jean

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  7. Oh My Holy Cows in Heaven! I love it! yes, you do deserve bloggy love! Very creative - one of a kind!

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  8. My jaw dropped! I am amazed at this! Your table is beautiful!!! No worries about all the woodworking problems. The end result really shines!!

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  9. I love this! I have some wood crates in the basement that I picked up at a rummage sale and had no idea what to do with them! I'm thinking it's going to be a project soon! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. THAT TABLE IS BEAUTIFUL...
    WELL DONE. I HAVE TO FIND ME A CRATE...

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  11. my husband brought home a crate from work over a year ago thinking I could find a use for it...this is awesome, now I know what to do. Thanks for the inspiration. may I pin this?

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    1. Glad you found inspiration for your crate! And yes... pin away... all I ask is that you link it back to the blog!! Thanks so much!

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  12. Olá querida,linda e magnífica a sua criatividade!!!Parabéns!Tão simples e com efeito tão espetacular!
    Amei,amei!!!!!

    Beijos Marie.

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