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Stained Navy Wooden Crate

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  • Tools & Supplies:

    • Crate
    • Drop cloth
    • Tack Cloth
    • Lint-free cloth
    • Synthetic Bristle Paint Brush
    • Stir Stick
    • Sandpaper (#120, #150, #180 Grits)

Wooden crates make a great cost-effective storage solution for your home. But, did you know you can also use them for parties? Whether it’s holding paper plates and utensils or serving as a cute refreshment station, a stained crate can be a party life-saver. Here’s how to make this blue crate for your next party.

  1. PREPARE: Always work in a well-ventilated area, like your garage, and use a drop cloth to protect from stain. Before you begin, sand the crate with sandpaper, working your way up through #120, #150, and #180 grits. Use a tack cloth to wipe away the sanding dust in between each grit.
  2. STAIN: Stir or shake your Varathane Fast Dry Wood Stain in Worn Navy thoroughly. Then, use a lint-free cloth or brush to apply a generous amount of stain to the crate, working in manageable sections. Let the stain sit for a few minutes and then wipe away the excess with a clean rag. Always wipe in the direction of the wood grain. Once the crate is completely stained, set it aside to dry for one hour.
  3. POLYURETHANE: Once your crate is dry, stir your Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane in Satin with a stir stick. Then, apply the polyurethane with a brush in one smooth, even coat. Be sure to brush in the direction of the wood grain.
  4. FINISH: Let the polyurethane cure for 48 hours before using the crate.