I’ve been hanging onto this old Fetzer crate for a while, waiting for the perfect opportunity to upcycle it. I’ll take you through the steps for the DIY to make the Mrs. Claus Cookie Co tray, and send you to the source for a free printable. Who is ready to leave out some milk and cookies for Santa?
I have several wooden crates and boxes that I have been wanting to upcycle. I knew that I wanted to make something for Christmas. I had the design in my head, but after several attempts to make my own graphic, I failed (sad face). And then the heavens opened up and I saw THE idea from another blogger (and one of my blog crushes – shhhh don’t tell!). She even included a free downloadable graphic. #SCORE
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Wood finish (if needed)
1. Since the Fetzer box was a lighter wood of moderate condition, I used some leftover wood finish in a darker color. Two light coats was all that it needed. NOTE – be sure to wear gloves when applying wood finish.
2. I tried to paint the inside of the box a similar color as the printable. Now here’s another infamous Holly Bertone DIY fail. The reds clashed a little bit too much, so I mixed in some weathered gray wood finish with the paint. Ummmm…. yeah… so wood finish and chalk paint don’t mix well. I will save you the headache and cleanup. #youarewelcome
3. The wood finish wasn’t dark enough to cover the lettering. I spent a day thinking about how I wanted to hide it. And then it hit… chalkboard paint!
4. Anyone who knows me, knows that I don’t measure anything. I just eyeballed the painters tape. It took three good coats of black chalkboard paint and it turned out great.
Here is the end result! I love the tray, and even with the painting challenge, it all worked out. You can write anything you want on the chalkboard labels.
I want to express my sincere gratitude to Angie over at Knick of Time for her brilliant idea, tutorial, and free printable! As bloggers, we love sharing our ideas, and as I’ve said before, the goal is to inspire you to make something similar for your home!
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, as when I was finishing up this project, I was also updating some of the pictures from my Grandmother Charlotte’s old-fashioned sugar cookie recipe.
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