flower crates.

My picker found these wooden crates for me last summer … at least I think it was last summer.  Time tends to blend together for me these days.

Either way, last summer was when I added some stencils to the sides thinking that I would sell them that way.

But ultimately I decided that I didn’t like the dark stains on the wood, and I also didn’t think the stenciling in black worked well with the dark wood.  So I never did try to sell them, I just tucked them away and figured I’d give them a do-over sometime.

Well, that sometime is now!

I painted the first crate in Dixie Belle’s Caviar.

I just added one quick coat of paint and didn’t worry too much about completely full coverage.  I knew I wanted to sand the paint way back in the end to make the crate look super worn.

I re-stenciled the ends in the same ‘flowers’ stencil that I used on one of the crates last summer.  This is part of a larger stencil that I purchased on Etsy from The Stencil Market.

I used my normal process for adding a shadow to stenciled letters.  I stenciled the design first in Dixie Belle’s Putty, then moved the stencil slightly up and over and stenciled again in DB’s Drop Cloth.

It’s a small detail, but I think it adds so much depth.  I also filled in the bridges on this stencil using a small artist’s brush.

Once I’d sanded heavily, I added a coat of clear wax.  I happened to have this cool zinc liner that fit this crate almost perfectly so I’m going to pair them together.

Lastly I filled it up with some of my matte white pottery just for the photos.

For the 2nd crate, I went in a different direction color-wise.  I painted it in Dixie Belle’s Kudzu.  I really wanted to try that IOD paint inlay over the green.

I had a feeling those pinks would really pop over the green.

If you want a step by step on how to use the IOD paint inlays, check out my how-to post by clicking on the image below:

I’m doing a bit of experimenting with the inlays, and you’ll be seeing the results of that in the next week or two.  But in the meantime, after adding the paint inlay to the two ends, I stenciled the sides of the Kudzu crate with the same ‘flowers’ stencil.  This time I did not add a shadow.

The need to get photos of these crates was a really good excuse to go to my local nursery and pick up some flowering plants.  They didn’t have much to choose from, but I got a few pretty cyclamens.

And I always get sucked in by those Baby Tears plants, and I can never keep them alive.  I think it has something to do with forgetting to water them on a regular basis.  They look great while they last though.

As per usual, my decorating split personality loves both versions of the crate.  The simple, worn black version and the colorful floral green version both really appeal to me.

As for the 3rd crate, I had something different in mind.  I wanted to provide a container for that mid-mod china that I found while thrifting last week.  I’m going to try to sell it at the shop, so I thought it would be fun to package it somehow.

First, I asked my handyman Ken to re-size that crate to fit the dishes.  He cut it down and reattached everything to create a perfectly sized container.

I painted it in Dixie Belle’s Silk paint in Tide Pool, taking that color cue straight from the dishes.  Then I added the ‘Bon Appetit’ from re.design with prima’s Delicious Menu transfer.

Mr. Q was not a fan of the way I wrapped the wording around the two sides of the crate, but I rather like it.  What do you think?

I brought both flower crates (not including contents) and the crate of mid-mod china in to Reclaiming Beautiful in Stillwater on Wednesday evening, so if any of you locals need a fabulous flower crate be sure to stop by the shop this weekend (note: closed on Sunday).

Which crate is your favorite?  Or do you have a split personality when it comes to decorating like I do?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

24 thoughts on “flower crates.

  1. I like the black one best too! I follow Reclaiming Beauty on FB and I love to look through the pictures they post every week. It’s always exciting to spot your items! 🙂


  2. I am partial to the one with the paint inlay. Maybe I’m just leaning into spring and the flowers both inside the crate and on the ends drew me in. I also love the plates you found while thrifting and I’m in favor of the wrap around lettering.


    1. I’m leaning in also … it’s a pretty big lean in Minnesota in early March, but I’m definitely ready for spring! Thanks for the vote in favor of my wrap around wording too 😉


  3. My favorite is the kudzu crate with the floral paint inlay, but all the crates look great. You took 3 identical items and turned them into 3 really different treasures! What a clever way to package/display that set of dishes!


  4. The black one is my fave but I like the idea of a safe place for the dishes. Hope you are enjoying retirement-I dare say your reading audience certainly is!


  5. I love them all, who knows when I might change my mind and want something different, and there it is stashed away. You gave me some good ideas, thanks.


  6. I love all of them. I, too have a split personality when it comes to painting my furniture/misc. Sometimes I’m only in the mood for neutrals and sometimes I can’t wait to use a great new color. I’ve successfully sold both in my booth so I guess I’ll keep it up. thanks for the great inspiration!


    1. It’s awesome that you have a market for both colors and neutrals. It would be so boring if all we could do was paint neutrals all the time, right?


  7. Love all 3 versions. I think the one with the floral painted transfer is my favorite, though. And might I add, once again, how lucky you are that Ken is your neighbor! They will all sell quickly.


  8. Keeping with the black theme here…love it. And like Deb says, it’ll make the flower colors pop. 😊


  9. I love that final shot of all three crates……..it really captures your versatility Miss Quandie! The black one is my favorite but the downsized crate with the china is such a cute idea! a ready-made gift for someone to give!


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