Fruit Crate Challenge...

My mother gave me this fruit crate saying, 
"I'm sure you can figure out something to make with this..."

 Did I hear a challenge?
I think I did...

Ok, well here goes...
First, I painted it white...(of course!)
but only a white wash...
I wanted the Casa de Fruta to show...

 Then I gave it a little brown stain and wiped it off as I painted it...

Then I decided to use it as a picture frame so I rounded up an old picture. This is my husbands parents...

The antiqued color in the original picture was pretty
bad, my father-in-law had a blue face. I scanned the picture and added a light sepia tone. This fixed the color right up. I was also able to re-size the picture while I was at it...
Then I matted the picture and gathered some embellishments...

I added an old window chain to the top 
to hang the frame.

Then I glued in the picture...

I used an old screw to hold on the embellishments...

Now I was finished and looked for the best
place to hang the framed picture.

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife of 28 years, the mother of 4 daughters, and the grandmother of 4 grandsons. I am a DIY Blogger and a part time PreK teacher.


  1. I love this, Susan! First - that's a really cool picture you started with and I love how you combined it with the crate and the embellishments! Great job!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

  2. Amazing. You totally have to link it up to Funky Junk Interiors linky party. I'm not sure when it is, maybe today. Great vision.

  3. It looks great! You have some kinda vision for creating...great job!

  4. Don't you just LOVE mother's who encourage creativity! :)I love old looking things, great job!

  5. You did an amazing job,love it!

  6. What a great way to bring out a super picture. I love being able to use old pictures with family ties. A great idea for sure. Thanks for dropping in and leaving your very kind comments.

  7. Love this idea! It is so cute and creative.
    I just checked out your education blog and I LOVE it!
    Thank you!!!

  8. Hello! This is just too cute. I love the finish on the crate and how you used the little key! So great. I love your style....I'm your newest follower!

    Come visit!


  9. Such a great idea! I saw a bunch of drawers at a resale shop today and wondered if I should get one and try something like I'm wishing I had listened to my gut and said "yes!" Your project looks beautiful.

  10. That's beautiful! Great idea! Thanks so much for linking up.

  11. I love what you did. But I have to say my fav is your chain and what you used as the hardware. Great idea. Now following you, hope you'll come on by and visit me too.

  12. This is such a lovely makeover!! Thank you for sharing your great project by linking up to my blog bash K.I.S.S. @ The Tattered Tag. Please remember tomorrow is another fun blog bash, so drop by and link up more of your creativity! :)

    Drop by The Tattered Tag


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