I found this gorgeous rustic Farmer's Market can at Home Goods two months ago and knew it had to go in my kitchen. For months I've looked for a floor standing corner shelf that had a rustic feel to it to put in the corner of my dinette area to display the can on to no avail.
Last week I was in Michael's to get something for my daughter and noticed they had some unfinished crates for about $13 with 30% off that price. So I decided to buy them and make my own “shelf” unit from them. The end result was awesome.
What you'll need:
- Unfinished wood crates (I used two because there was something hanging on the wall near the corner that meant I couldn't stack them any higher, but I could have easily used 3 had that not been the case)
- Wood stain (as always, I used Dark Walnut because that's my personal taste)
- A foam brush to put the stain on
Distressing the crates
The crates already had a really good grain to them, with several knots. But I wanted to make sure they looked rustic when completed, so I distressed them a bit. If you've never distressed wood, it essentially entails hitting the wood with various objects to give it some dents and wear.
Some people put nails and screws in a sock. I take a different approach. I use an awl (for wormhole effects), a garden shovel that broke (it broke right where the head met the handle), a hand garden hoe and an old doorknob I've now claimed for distressing wood (it creates some great circle'esque marks).
(The pictures below are of the distressed crate next to the undistressed crate before I distressed the second one.)
Staining the crates
Pretty self explanatory. The one thing I will mention is that I like to make the stain a bit uneven with some overlap to create a “sun worn” sort of look. This essentially means that in certain areas, I will put two coats of stain vs. one coat, randomly and not uniform in nature, so that the stain has a feel of being faded in certain spots.
In the last picture you can clearly see where I overlapped some stain on the bottom to create the sun worn look (that last picture is of the crate after it was fully dry).
I love the finished result.