Good Sat’day ladies. Well, they all did a version of this, as you know. He did, she did, they did, the internet was brimming with pristine white crates and so I thought maybe Trumatter should too! yeah?I know this craft of mine would fetch me no applause, would in all possibility be lost in the many pages of the history of crate revival but what the heck. Sometimes cliche is fun. Not to mention, its also safe!
When I went to pick up my much awaited parcel, sent by Michele of Hellolovelyinc. (about which I’ll have to do another post) from Rohan’s, I found this wee little mango crate on the sidewalk below the building. Well, those who know me, this action would come to you as no surprise. I picked it up. I have a very motherly attitude towards thrown away things.
anyway, irrespective of what people residing in that building might think, I gladly picked it up- I had no plans with this. When I asked Ro’s sister about whether or not I can take it home, she said maybe you should not because it doesn’t have a side. Plus it has lot of nails in it, which might just be a disaster. I contemplated for a minute and said “I’m taking it”. There is nothing that some spitting, pulling and whole lotta paint can’t sort.
Now you see, she is the kind of person who appreciates handmade. She is a painter, a beautiful girl and a beautiful soul. And if I have one person to dedicate this crate to, it would be her. She thought about my safety but didn’t cringe. She is my kinda girl!
Coming back to point, this crate in question, before its altered fate was a two plank high crate with one side, lengthwise, completely missing. Soon after I reached home, I took out one of the top planks from one side and fixed it to the base of the side that didn’t have planks, which made it equal. Next i opened the 2 remaining top planks from the sides (breadth-wise) and chucked them. So basically from a lop-3-sided crate, I had one full, one plank high high functional crate. Too bad I forgot to take a picture but luckily I did of the process!
Next process was to sand it and dunk it in white. 2 coats of Asian Paints Ivory and 12 hours of drying time.
Once completely dry I got a French label printed out ( this is available in graphicsfairy ) and pasted it on the side with modgepodge.
Once my modgepodge was completely dry (6 hours), I rubbed the pulp off- you can learn the failproof tips and tricks of modgepodge here
Once that was done, I gave it 3 more coats of modgepodge and I was good to go!
Here are the before and transition pictures!!!
How do you think this turned out? Suggestions welcome 🙂
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