My grandma had an apron basket. She always wore an apron around the house. When we went out to gather eggs, she would lift part of the apron to make a basket. I would gently lay the eggs in her apron one by one. The apron basket held green beans from the garden and rolled socks from the back porch on laundry day. The apron basket worked hard around the farmhouse.
I try to make a sweatshirt basket but the band at the bottom doesn’t work so well.
Ideas for cheap wood crates
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The apron basket inspired this project. And although I won’t be wearing it I can keep it handy.
My apron basket
I paid a dollar for this crate. The hand-painted green vines reminded me of the dishes from the old I love Lucy show. The outside was easy to clean up. The green felt removed easy. I used the table sander to remove the green vines and glue from the green felt.
The inside was another story.
I started using a file to the blue felt removed easy but the glue and dirt had live in the crate for a long time. I started using a file. After 30 mixture and getting nowhere.
The bottom and four sides clean up fast with the table sander. This is the exact one I have now.
I grabbed a chalk based paint and started painting the inside. While it was drying I walked away to walk Emily (my favorite time of the day.)
When I returned, I liked the crate painted inside but left wood outside. The old wood with bits of white paint in the grooves looked charming.
An idea hit me. Since the crate has flat sides, why not use the bottom as a sign for the mantel. It will be almost as handy as an apron and will hold more than my sweatshirt.
Creating the sign
I centered the paper on the bottom of the crate and…
rubbed the ink on the wood using a craft stick.
My handwriting is atrocious! When it comes to hand painting lettering, this is the brush I use. Notice in the photo the brush is dry the bristles spread out. But…
As soon as the bristles are wet they come to a point. The bristles hold more paint than regular brushes too.
Coffee helps too!
You know when you’re working on an old piece and there’s an area you love? On this piece, it’s the nail heads in the bottom.
Ideas for those cheap crates
If you’re grabbing more than you can hold in your apron basket, try this idea.
Vintage inspired sign
Simply to hold pretty things
Hold mail and keys in the entry
Organize craft supplies
Hold extra toiletries in a small bathroom
Hang on the wall to create a shelf to hold books
Use in the kitchen to hold spices
Set on the floor and let the dog use it for a toy box…yeah right!
I did hear a tip for teaching your dog to put it’s toys away. Toss a toy to your dog. When they pick it up, hold a small training treat over the box. Bring the treat down and they the treat, the toy falls in the box. Continue until they figure it out.
I’ll let you know how it goes with Emily.
She has way to many toys for my farmhouse apron.
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