Saturday, June 25, 2011

French Vegetable Crate...

Faux French Vegetable Crate!
ala pinterest & Craftberry Bush 

I've loved these baskets these for a long time!

Here is how I made my own...
I started out with some lengths of wood for the sides that came from an old wooden CD holder I found at Good Will.

I attached to that, wooden shims from Home Depot... 
Great idea those shims!
...and some chicken wire.

Added legs and covered the corners
 with rusty hinges... and voila!
The French Vegetable Crate I've always wanted!

But I have to tell you that there are 2 very 
important secrets to this project....

One was the vinegar and steel wool distressing I did to the finished crate, and second was the Sophisticated Finishes solution that I used to tarnish the shiny chicken wire.

*Soak steel wool in white vinegar overnight and paint it on the wood... it gives new wood an old weathered look!

So now I'm loving this Faux French Vegetable Crate and I have Lucy over at Craftberry Bush to thank for it!


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  1. That is just adorable!! I love how vintage it looks! I am always into rusty! Thanks for the tip on aging it. See you soon!

  2. Love it !Thanks for the tips !Hugs,Jen

  3. First of all I love the crate...adorable! Second, I've been following your blog for some time and enjoy it so much. I am excited that we are competing together in OMTWI. You'll have me quaking in my boots 'cuz you have such creative ideas. Lisa~

  4. If I learn nothing else today I will be happy because I did not know about the vinegar and steel wool. This will be great when I have to repair something with new wood.

  5. What a great crate! I never heard of the vinegar method. Thanks for sharing!


  6. That vinegar method is new to me! Your crate looks awesome.

  7. LUV this, Susan!!!! And the tip on the vinegar and steel wool. Who knew....???? :)

    xoxo laurie

  8. Just beautiful! I'm sending this to my friend who is redecorating her kitchen in a country french style! I used the steel wool technique too -- used it to age some Home depot garden stakes that I used to make a beachy sign! It is pretty amazing, itsn't it! I love the chicken wire on your project -- really adds the finishing touch as do the hinges!

  9. I love these crates!! Stopping by from Sew Many Ways linky party and your newest follower of your blog and FB.

    This is what I posted for the party:

  10. This really did turn out well! It looks vintage and will be a perfect accent for lots of vignettes! Don't you love that concoction for "aging" wood? Visiting from CBD's party. ~ Sue

  11. Hi Susan...this looks amazing! I think it looks way better than the inspiration one ;)
    that old rusty hinge makes it perfectly imperfect....xo

  12. Great project. I pinned it on Pinterest!

  13. Love it Susan!! I SOOO admire your awesome bulding skills!!


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