Vintage Antique Crate Coffee Table
Recently we found this vintage antique shipping crate at a local Antique Mall. I knew it would be great storage for our blanket throws (that normally end up folded on the couch) it also would be great as a side or coffee table. The shipping crate was actually in very good condition other than a few water spots. I quickly called my hubby over and we both actually agreed this would be a great piece for our farmhouse styled home.
As some of you know we will be soon opening a retail shop for Farmhouse Decor, I intend to carry OFMP (Old Fashioned Milk Paint) in the store. OFMP was more than generous to supply me samples of the milk paint, but also included a bottle of Tung Oil. I originally planned and still plan on sharing my french side table makeover with OFMP, but I couldn’t resist sharing how the Tung Oil brought new life to the very dull shipping crate that we decided to use as a coffee table.
How to bring out the Beauty of a Natural Wood Shipping Crate with Tung Oil
Look at the difference already! I was so excited when I saw the difference! This product is so easy to use and the outcome is just amazing!
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Clean natural wood shipping crate or any natural wood piece, I already cleaned the shipping crate up, but as you can see on the left it still looks dull and almost dirty.
Apply Tung Oil using a cloth or brush, I used a staining pad, I love these staining pads so easy to use and perfect size for handling while applying stain and in this case, Tung Oil.
Allow to dry for 1 hour
Using absorbent cloth ( this is where the staining pad comes in handy, just turn it over and use other side) remove all excess from the surface.
Buff with mild abrasive pad.
Since this vintage shipping crate holds our extra blankets, a simple vignette made up with lambs ear greenery and LED candles in a dough bowl was created for easy removal and easy access when those cold nights hit and we need a warm cozy blanket throw.
A little about this Vintage Shipping Crate
In the 1920’s G B Lewis created a shipping crate of woven wood and wire which placed them in a class of their own. It was distinctive and light yet strong and durable. It also provided ventilation for its contents.
The Lewis crate was principally used for the shipment of bread and the bakeries often personalized them with their advertising names. This one looks like it was used for shipping baskets from Henderson, KY. I also understand these crates were also easily broken down so not many survived.
I am so thankful that Old Fashioned Milk Paint sent me this product and I will be carrying this product in the Farmhouse Decor Shop store along with their amazing Milk Paint.
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