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Stained & Stenciled Wooden Crate

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Decorative Stained & Stenciled CrateAfter
Decorative Stained & Stenciled Crate After Decorative Wood Crate Before Before

It’s easy to get the sophisticated look of this stained and stenciled crate without breaking the bank! Here’s how we made it in a few steps.

1. PREPARE: Always work in a well-ventilated area and cover your surroundings with a drop cloth to protect them from paint and stain. Sand the entire crate working your way up through #120, #150, and #180 grit sandpaper. Be sure to wipe the sanding dust away with a tack cloth after you’ve finished with each grit.

2. PRIME: Tape off the crate’s rim with painter’s tape, and use masking paper to mask off the rest of the crate to protect it from overspray. Once your tape and paper are in place, shake your can of Ultra Cover 2x Primer Spray for one minute after the mixing ball begins to rattle. Then, follow the instructions on the can to apply two or more light coats to the rim.

3. PAINT: Now, you’re ready to paint. Shake your can of Stops Rust Protective Enamel spray paint in Gloss Light Turquoise for one minute after the mixing ball starts to rattle. Follow the instructions on the can to apply 2-3 light coats to the rim.  Then, let the paint dry until it’s safe to handle (5-9 hours), and remove the painter’s tape.

4. STAIN: Stir or shake your Varathane Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain in Dark Walnut thoroughly. Then, use your lint-free cloth or brush to apply a generous amount of stain onto the wood in the direction of the wood grain, working in manageable sections. Let the stain sit on the surface for a few minutes, and then wipe away the excess with a clean cloth--again, working in the direction of the wood grain. Once the entire crate is stained, set it aside to dry for one hour.

5. STENCIL: Next, tape the stencil to the front of the crate with painter’s tape. Then, repeat step three, this time applying Stops Rust Protective Enamel in Gloss White onto the stencil. Once you’ve applied 2-3 light coats, set the crate aside to dry completely for 24 hours.

6. POLYURETHANE: Now that your crate is totally dry, stir your can of Triple Thick Polyurethane thoroughly with a stir stick. Then, use your brush to apply an even coat of polyurethane to the entire crate. To get a smooth, even finish, apply the polyurethane in the direction of the wood grain in one thick and uniform coat.

7. FINISH: Let the crate cure completely for 48 hours before using.