My original purpose for these simple wine crates was storage. What I ended up with was a unique wine crate end table with a beautiful white washed finish.
When I unloaded the crates from my car and placed them in the garage, I realized they looked particularly interesting stacked in a random manner. I played around rearranging the crates until each one was positioned facing a direction that they could be opened. The overall shape was a rectangular cube, and just the right height for an end table.
My next step was attaching all the crates with self-tapping screws. I used four screws in each crate to ensure the cube would be sturdy enough to be used as a table. Three of the crates that were about the same size became the base. The two remaining crates that were oddly sized became the top.
I used three Amy Howard At Home products to achieve a white washed finish.
- Better With Age Stain
- Liming Wax
- Light Antique Wax
Before staining, I used a sanding sponge (100 grit) to smooth rough spots and edges. After sanding I used a vacuum and then a damp cloth to remove wood dust. It is important to have a clean surface for staining.
I applied Better With Age Stain with a paint brush, and watched as the raw wood started changing into an aged gray color.
Staining the wood seemed to be an ideal solution to highlight the wood grain and the various ways the crates were constructed.
Once the stain was brushed on, I waited 30 minutes before applying the Amy Howard Liming Wax.
Using a putty knife the liming wax was spread on the wood going across the grain. I continued working the wax into the grain going in different directions and removing the excess. The liming wax was also applied to some hard to reach areas using a brush.
The effect was beautiful as the liming wax settled into the grain and crevasses giving an overall soft white washed finish to the wood. (For more ideas on how to use liming wax click on the Cane Chair Rescue post from last month. It’s a fun product to use and will give you great results.)
Continuing the process, I worked on one side at a time until all the sides were stained and waxed. I let the crates cure overnight and lightly sanded the next morning using a finer grit sanding sponge (220 grit). The reason I sanded again was just to even out a few spots where the liming wax was a little too heavy. After sanding I vacuumed all sides and used a damp cloth to remove any remaining surface dust.
The final step to complete the white washed finish was applying the Amy Howard Light Antique Wax with a brush. Once the surface was lightly covered, I used a lint free cloth to polish the wood. The white washed finish was silky smooth with the character of the grain showing through.
Helpful hint: Use Super Sliders to stick on the bottom of the crates to protect the floor from getting scratched.
The crowning touch was the champagne bronze finish handle on the top panel and the knob on the front. The hardware is made by Liberty and sold at Home Depot.
Let me know what you think about my up-cycled wine crate project. I think I need more wine crates. 🙂
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