This is such a FUN post today! I have been excited about it for so long, and I can’t believe the day is finally here. . . the day of the Great Crate Challenge!
(What? You haven’t heard of the Great Crate Challenge?!? Have you been living under a rock? Anyone who’s anyone knows all about it. Don’t be left out – keep reading!)
Nine bloggers and I teamed up on this challenge. We each started with the same wooden crates from Michaels and transformed them in our own ways. You won’t believe what everyone came up with. At the bottom of this post are links to all of the other crate projects, so make sure to check them out once you’re finished here.
But first . . . let me show you my project – a rolling firewood caddy!
It was also really, really easy to put together. Score!
I started with this blank canvas of a crate that I purchased at Michaels. They retail for $13.99 unfinished, but Michaels is always very generous with their coupons, so chances are you can get one for 40% off on any given visit.
After the paint dried, I lightly sanded in areas to give a further distressed look.
Next, I decided to add some text on the front of my crate. I wanted it to look like a vintage crate I picked up at a flea market or something. Since this was going in my fireplace, I decided to make up a fake timber company bearing my last name.
(Sidenote: I bet I would have been an awesome lumberjack if I had taken that career path. I look really good in flannel.)
I downloaded some free rustic-looking fonts and a pine tree image, typed out my text using the Word Art function in Word, reversed the text, and printed it out on freezer paper so that I could do an image transfer. I followed the great freezer paper image transfer tutorial on Our Prairie Home, and it worked really well.