Today I’m sharing yet another item drawn from the pile in the carriage house. I have to confess that I don’t exactly remember where this one even came from, but I think my picker, Sue, found it for me.
It’s just an old wooden fruit crate, and at some point someone replaced the bottom with new wood.
So I decided to see if I could use some Dixie Belle No Pain Gel Stains to create a faux finish that would age those boards just a bit.
As soon as I opened the can of Weathered Gray I knew it was going to be too light on its own. It would be perfect for giving fresh wood a pickled or lime waxed look, but it was too light to match the rest of my crate.
So I decided to start by darkening up the wood with a coat of Walnut.
Once again, much like the last time I used this stain on some dresser knobs, I forgot that I wasn’t working with a quick dry, water based product. So I tried to add the Weathered Gray before the Walnut was fully dry. That just ended up blending the colors together, and I wanted a more layered look. So I stopped working for the day and left the Walnut to dry for 24 hours.
The next day I used an old t-shirt to add some Weathered Gray over the Walnut.
It’s not a perfect match, but it certainly looks less like a brand new bottom on an old wooden crate.
Once I had that finished I decided to add one of the re.design with prima’s Sweet Apricot transfers to the blank side of the crate.
If you aren’t familiar with this transfer, it comes with 9 different fruit labels. Each one is approximately 6.5″ x 9.25″.
I chose the one on the upper right and applied it, and then lightly sanded it to give it a more weathered look.
After I had the crate finished, I was trying to brain storm a way to stage it for photos. I thought of filling it with clay pots and maybe a plant or two. But then I thought, hey, wouldn’t this be a great way to corral your toilet paper supply!
Especially since apparently everyone else has stocked up with a year’s supply of toilet paper … except us.
It was at this point that I discovered we only had 3 rolls on hand. So Mr. Q went off to the grocery store, only to return saying that they literally had no t.p. on the shelves.
Seriously you guys, has the world gone mad?
I confess I thought it was pretty ridiculous when I heard that people were stocking up on t.p. Why in the world would you be worried about running out of such a simple and readily available commodity? In fact, we even purposely did not buy t.p. a week ago because we didn’t want to contribute to the ‘panic buying’ problem and we didn’t need it then.
So now here we are one week later, rationing our remaining 3 rolls of t.p.
Well … not really. Fortunately both my sister and our neighbor nnK are stocker uppers. We have a standing joke with nnK that in the event of a zombie apocalypse or some other catastrophe, we’ll be heading to her house because she has enough food stocked up for all three of us. Both Debbie and nnK have a healthy supply of tp and have offered to share. So maybe we don’t have to ration it after all.
How about you? Are you rationing the tp?
As always, thanks to Dixie Belle Paint Co for providing the No Pain Gel Stains I used on this project, and to re.design with prima for supplying the transfer. I also especially want to thank Debbie and nnK for providing us with toilet paper.
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