Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Whitewashing a Crate Table & Tool Carrier


Isn't this the cutest little table? It didn't start out that way. . . .

Ugly, huh?
I've built many tables over the years out of fruit crates--very simple--just add legs. . . . Several months ago, I asked John to make one for me as a prop for photographs. . . .He decided on his own to stain it. . . .You can see the result. . . .
Not exactly the look I wanted.

I decided to give it a whitewash--even though the printing on the ends was lost. . . .


It was worth it to get rid of that ugly stain. . . .

If you missed my fast and easy whitewash technique, check it out HERE.


Bless his heart--John was feeling a little bad that I had to whitewash over the printing--so he went to his stash of vintage labels and came out with several for me to choose from for the end pieces. . . . I chose the corn. . . . It has lots of white, with some  color. . . . It also fit the best. . . .Simply decoupaged it on. . . .


I had one other piece to whitewash--the vintage tool carrier I used at Christmas. . . .


It's the one on top of this "to paint" pile. . . .
 
 
John wanted me to use another of his labels on the tool carrier,
 but I like it with the whitewash alone. . . .It's Plain & Simple. . . .
 
 
Piece by piece I'm dwindling down the pile of furniture to paint. . . .will have more pieces to share with you along the way. . . .I have to admit, I was surprised how cute the little crate table turned out . . . .Guess it's a good example of an old saying around here--I made a "silk purse out of a sow's ear". . . .never giving up on a mistake.
 
 
On a different note, my computer "broke" Monday--with documents, information, bath photos, blogging photos, etc. on it. And, all the good posts I had planned are in limbo somewhere. . . .I feel LOST!. . . .I'm borrowing John's new one (a Christmas gift) when he isn't using it. . . .But, my time is limited. . . .Hopefully, I'll have my own computer back next week and will be answering all your emails and comments and visiting your blogs. . . .Keep you fingers crossed for me! I miss ya'll!
 
. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .
 
 



30 comments:

Old Time Cindy said...

Oh geez...hate that feeling of a computer gone bad. Hope everything is up and running for you in a timely manner. Love the white wash look. I do it because it's fast and easy. Both of your projects have that wonderful down on the farm look. Perfect!
Farmhouse hugs,
Cindy

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Dru. That table turned out so well. You are so ambitious to be cutting your pile down. Sorry about your computer, hope you can retrieve all your stuff. Don't worry about answering me any time soon..Happy Wednesday..Judy

Tanya Breese said...

oh i like the way it turned out. i've been wanted to do something like that with my living room tables. i've had them since the boys were little and they are very dinged up but i like the bases, black iron. i've been thinking about doing something like milk paint on them. i've also seen something i like with a french postage stamp transfer. i don't understand though how to do a transfer..i need to just dive in.

bummer on the computer! hope it gets resolved quickly...sorry you have to spend time on it!

Blondie's Journal said...

I just love the table and tool box...the whitewash is just perfect. Wow, you have such a handy hubby, too!

Sorry about your computer...I had to get a new router for my laptop a few weeks ago and I felt lost. But to lose so many things, I definitely have my fingers crossed.

XO,
Jane

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

The crate table and the tool box look great with the whitewash!
Hope you get your computer fixed soon. It's a bummer when they aren't working.

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Dru,
I love both the tool box and the table. They are really adorable.
Sorry about your computer. I hope that all gets worked out.
Kris

Jori said...

SO cute!! You did a great job!

Sorry about your computer. :(

Ayu Maselli said...

Hi Dru,
so unique pieces, You have transformed it into fabulous table.
hoping that your computer will be ok soon.
have a good week

Judy said...

I totally love that table! I hate it when I have computer trouble, I too feel lost without it.

Amy Kinser said...

Love your whitewashed crate. Very nice! A little paint works magic, doesn't it?

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Howdy Dru!
Darn a broken computer really stinks! I sure hope you get all your files back. I have had that happen to me before, too. It is a bad feeling. Love your white wash technique. Jonh's vintage label idea was a good one! I love it! I may be doing some white what, too in the Spring.
Blessings,
Susie

chateau chic said...

Dru, your crate table is adorable! It's amazing how disconnected we feel when the computer is down.
Mary Alice

Sunny Fields said...

I needed this when I was renovating our little apartment in the lovely Loire Valley in France. We had 4 walls and a floor and used pallets with 4 food cans! We had the seats out of the car till we found some lovely chairs in a brocante. Have a look at how it ended up at our website loirevillageescape.com. And if you want some treasure hunting in France we have the perfect country village location. Just remember to order a container to take it home!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

The table worked out perfectly. I have to try your method of whitewashing.

Laurie said...

that looks beautiful, I love this, I love anything white washed,

cynthia lee designs said...

Dru...I love your white-washed table and the white-washed tool carrier with the blue mason jars...so pretty!!
Sorry to hear about your computer troubles...hope it is fixed soon.
hus,
Cindy

Barbara Jean said...

looks great. I think good choice on the tool carrier to leave it plain. =) more versatile.

off to see your white wash technique.

blessings
barb

Dawn said...

How stinkin cute is that? What a great idea and it tuned out just darling!

Egretta Wells blog said...

Such a cute little table! wow.

Cristina Garay said...

The toolbox and the table are just too cute! Great job!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

This is such a great idea, always love a crate or carrier, and if it's whitewashed, all the better!!!

Susie said...

Sorry about the computer..I'd be crying. I love the tool tote and the table. So cute to decorate like you want...they'll work for every occasion.xox,Susie

Jody and Stan said...

Always love the white wash look. The tool box and table look perfect! Good Luck with your computer!
Thanks for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays.

Jody

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Pam said...

I just love your darling crate table and you did a wonderful job!!
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

Lorena said...

Your crate table is lovely! Good job!

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

I love the crate table, but that tool carrier with the blue jars really caught my eye!
Dorothy

Old Time Cindy said...

Thanks for boot scootin' on over to join in at the Old Time Party!
Farmhouse hugs,
Cindy

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I just found your blog when I was googling for egg baskets, and am your newest follower!

Jann Olson said...

Dru, the table is so cute and the label fit perfectly. You're so right. The white wash added so much. I have a long wooden box that I want to wash and fill with some of my blue bottle collection. Yours turned out great and I too like it plain and simple. Best of luck. Hope it all gets resolved quickly! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

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