Thursday, August 27, 2015

DIY: Stained Wooden Crates

I have a slight obsession for vintage wooden crates. The ones in the picture of the above are amazing and could be used for so many different things. They look artsy when they're stacked up on top of each other in the corner of the room. I love imagining my room full of crates and flower blooms in them or vintage coke bottles. The crates can also be practical. One of my favorite uses for them is for holding shoes and out-of-season clothing! It's better to store stuff in the wooden crates instead of some boring plastic bin. It's hard to find bins like the ones above without spending at least $30 at a vintage flea market. I think I've discovered how to find a cheap replica of something as classic as a vintage crate.

Heres a picture of a normal wooden crate from Home Depot. You can find plain ones like this for about ten dollars at stores like Home Depot, Walmart, Joann Fabrics, IKEA, etc. They are very sturdy and work well! Unfortunately they just look plain and they don't give them same vintage, worn-in look.  
This wood stain is all it takes to make your brand new wood look worn in. This stain is a random brand that I found online but stains in a small bottle shouldn't be more than about five dollars. Save like fifty dollars on buying a couple of crates by just staining them yourself!

Here are some pictures of my results. I bought plain colored crates today from Joann Fabrics. All you have to do is pour on the stain and rub it into the wood with paper towels. It only takes about thirty minutes to let air dry! But be careful because it stains everything it touches! Enjoy your vintage wooden crates!



Here are some pictures of some rooms that have successfully decorated with wooden crates for your inspiration! 

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Pick of the Day! - August 27th, 2015

Pick of the Day! - August 27th, 2015

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Pick of the Day! - August 8th, 2015

Pick of the Day! - August 8th, 2015

Photo Diary of Adventures in Los Angeles!

 More pictures of LA! 
 Zuma Beach, Malibu - It wasn't the biggest beach but there were a lot of people. Malibu doesn't have a touristy boardwalk or anything which made me mad because I wanted to get a cool sticker for my laptop but whatever. This was my favorite place because you could climb up the rocks and on the other side of those small rocks on the right there was a more private beach in between the cliffs! There weren't many people back there and it was like a private beach!
  Zuma Beach, Malibu - The color of the lifeguard stand is my favorite color ever. Such a pretty light blue
  Zuma Beach, Malibu
  Zuma Beach, Malibu
 Zuma Beach, Malibu
View of the Santa Monica Pier from the beach. The right side of the pier was completely crowded but for whatever reason the left side wasn't crowded at all. 

There was a stand that had hundreds of old vintage photos. It was super easy to pick up random ones and start a collage that would look great in any room. 
I had to take a picture of the happy pink puppy I met at a booth. On one of the days that I was in Los Angeles, my boyfriend and I went to Melrose Trading Post. My favorite stand was the room full of colorful carpets.



Expensive yet dreamy carpets. If I could, I would have bought all of them. I can see myself using at least seven per room.
The day after we visited the Melrose Trading Post, we visited Anthony's Grandmother's house in South LA. The colors of the houses were so inspiring and I loved the style of her little pink house in particular. She grew her own oranges and avocados and had a beautiful selection of plants. This was the front of Anthony's Grandmother's house.
Purple colored skies in South LA
I loved the dreamy colored buildings and murals on the walls in Venice Beach. The music was loud and it was sunny and happy. Venice was my favorite because of the bike trails and boardwalk. My boyfriend and I rented bikes and rode up and down the trails and got to experience the beach up close.
Venice Beach Graffiti 
Venice Beach Graffiti 
In Santa Monica there really are surfboards just left alone on palm trees.
Chill vibes in Santa Monica
Standing underneath the Santa Monica Pier