I purchased two crates for $10 each at Walmart to use as kindling storage on the firewood rack I built (you can see that project here). The crates were very plain and boring so I wanted to fancy them up a bit by performing a DIY wood crate redo. Here are the before pics of the crates:
I decided I would stain the crates and then paint a design on each end of the crates to pretty them up! So, I first stained both crates with Varathane Dark Walnut stain to match the wood on the top and bottom of the firewood rack.
I then created four designs on PicMonkey that I wanted to paint on the crates and printed them out.
I then placed the image over the end of the crate where I wanted the image to be. Using a pen, I traced over the image on the paper, pressing hard enough to leave indentations in the wood.
Once the entire image has been traced, the indentations of the image should be on the wood.
I then used a very thin, but stiff paint brush and white paint and filled in the indentation of the image.
I repeated this process until the two ends of both crates had a design painted on them. Here are some pics of the other designs:
Once the crates were completed, I moved them back to their intended location on the firewood rack. The decorated crates look WAY better than the plain Jane crates, I just love being able to make inexpensive things look expensive! 🙂 Here are some final pics of the newly decorated crates: