I love old things! I grew up with a mother who collected antiques. Our house was filled with beautiful old furniture and I loved that they all had a history.
My Aunt called me the other day to ask if I wanted an old crate that used to belong to her Grandpa. Umm, yes please! Her grandpa use to work for a brewery in Salt Lake City in the 1920's. This was a shipping crate that came from there.
This is it all fixed up. It didn't take much. I'll show you the before and what I did.
I loved how old it looked and I didn't want to really change it very much. It did have a lot of writing on it though. The kind when a child gets a hold of a pencil :) And it was dusty. So I got a soapy rag and wiped the whole thing down. I only scrubbed the areas that had the pencil marks. I wanted it to still be "dirty" if you know what I mean. I didn't want to clean it so much that it looked new.
I used some wax instead of polyurethane like I usually do because I didn't want to change the color of the wood that much. I knew the wax would sink into the unfinished wood of the crate and still protect the wood with out giving it a shiny (darker) finish.
I applied it by using an old rag. I rubbed on a thin coat going in the direction of the wood grain. It did make it a tiny bit darker but not as much as it shows in this picture. It sunk down in and lightened up a bit. This was right after I applied it.
I just love before and after shots together so here you go! Not a super dramatic shot, but that is what I wanted. I wanted it to look the same. . . just a little better. Plus now the wood is protected and will be easier to clean.
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