Furniture

Crate Coffee Table, part 2

Earlier this year I found a crate on my local Freecycle listserv that I scooped up, added some caster to and turned into a coffee table.

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The crate sat as is for a while, but the wood was rough around the edges and the crate had been written on and scuffed up. I decided to take on the coffee table crate project for a second time, this time opting to stain the crate and make the piece a little more polished — well, as polished as an old wood crate can look.

The side of the crate was painted a dark, charcoal gray. I decided to stain the crate a gray to pull out the charcoal-colored sides.

Before I could start staining, I had to sand the hell outta the crate. The top was covered in nicks, scuffs, sharpie, old sticker goo…. It wasn’t pretty.

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It looked like someone had kept score on the crate, or attempted math? Who knows. But the sharpie had to go.

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Once the whole crate was sanded down, I applied a gray stain to the whole thing, including the painted sides. Since some of the paint was scuffed off, I wanted to make sure the exposed wood was gray, too.

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The wood soaked up the stain lie crazy, turning the whole crate a charcoal gray with wood grain popping through. I love the color mixed with the natural wood peeping through.

Once it dried, I coated the whole thing in a polyurethane.

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The finished product is still a roughed up, old crate — but a much nicer looking old crate. I like the gray a lot and how it tied the sides and the rest of the piece together. I also like the lack of graffiti on my furniture. That’s a plus for sure.

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We aren’t currently using the crate as a coffee table, so I’m not sure what we’ll do with it. But I really like the cleaned up look for this neat old piece.

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Lucketts Spring Market

I should have spent Sunday finishing the door project we started last week, but instead I drove to Virginia with my friend Carrie and her family to do a day of shopping at the Lucketts Spring Market. I’d never been to The Old Lucketts Store before, but this seemed to be the right weekend to visit. They were hosting the annual Lucketts Spring Market with 150 vendors on site selling amazing stuff (refinished furniture, vintage finds, cool accessories, etc.). Carrie’s husband and son dropped us off to have a daddy-son day of their own, so Carrie and I got to walk around for a few hours perusing each of the booths. Man, there was some cool stuff!

I walked away with a milk crate and Carrie got a handwriting sample poster for her new playroom. I was half tempted to spell out “Smith” in old printing press letters, but they were way too pricey for my taste. Oh well! If you ever get the opportunity to visit the market, definitely go — and go early! We had no traffic issues, but when we left there was a huge line of cars sitting in traffic to get in.

Even if you don’t buy anything, it is worth it just to walk around and see the amazing amount of creativity in one space.

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Best weekends ever

These past two weekends have been superbly awesome. I’ll have to take a few pictures tonight of all of our hard work this weekend in the yard, so no spoiler alerts in this post about what we’ve been working on.

I should have already blogged about the weekend before, but since I am practically dying to get outside any chance I have, I haven’t been sitting behind my computer too often unless I’m at work. Anyway, last weekend I went on a treasure hunt with one of my best friends and her daughter. Amy, Catherine and I (or as I fondly call them, My Number 1 Boo and My Number 1 Boo Jr.) headed out early Saturday morning to hit up a barn yard sale in West River, Md. We got to hunt through an old barn and see what treasures we could find. I walked away with an old grain bin and Amy got a silver ship’s bell.

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After we raided the barn, we drove to Galesville, Md. to visit both Salvage Chic  and Re-Find. Both are cute stores selling refinished furniture and all sorts of other goodies. I cannot wait to go back!

Our final stop of the day was an awesome antiques and vintage store in Lothian, Md., called GypsyFaire. They had the coolest stuff! I got birthday gifts for my sister and neighbor and Amy bought the cutest mint green birdhouse as a bridal shower gift.

We pretty much spent the entire morning in the boonies. But it was SO MUCH FUN!!! These stores are only open on certain weekends of the year, so next time they are open we will definitely be making another day of it — especially if it means I get to hang out with this little one again.

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She was so good all day 🙂

I cannot recommend visiting these shops enough if you ever have the chance. Talk about a neat and fun experience.