I am prepping to take over the front display in April at The Antique Barn where I have a booth. For an extra fee, dealers can rent the front display for a month, which gives us great exposure. I decided on a spring and gardening theme and have been busy building to stock the space Friday morning.
I built three garden crates the other night in about an hour (and then it took about another hour to paint and finish them).
I used pallet wood for the top and bottom crate and wood that I think was the trim in our old schoolhouse.
The building is simple and I didn't pause to take step by step photos. Each crate is a little different size--it just depended on the boards I found to work with.
The fun part was finishing them. I left the crate made from the old trim board as is, it was already stained a green color that I liked for the garden display.
I stenciled the top and bottom one (after painting the top one a light green). I used Old Sign Stencils on the larger crate--creating the word seeds from the potting shed stencil.
Individual letter stencils created the sweet pea seeds "crate stamp" on the smaller crate.
I stained the crates and added handles and then used a clear coat on them to seal the wood. These will make great plant holders or will look cute holding garden tools and supplies.