Beach Cottage DIY Painting – The Free Crate
Mon 18th, Jun, 2012
Hey Beach Cottage friends, an update on the painting / DIY on the old crate that I found (for free) recently.
So after quite a bit of debate this is actually going to be a table/bench for the deck – it is perfect for the space on the other side of the deck to the table and chairs. Back in the Summer we bought a small Weber BBQ and I didn’t want the stand that goes with it, so up until now it’s been sitting on an old trunk that really didn’t have enough space either side of it for bits and bobs plus, it was a little bit on the low side for working on.
This crate is just right for this job – it’s a perfect size for this space and the right height.
So this weekend, with a lot of sport cancelled because of soggy ground, we did some painting and thrifting (I found a dining table – think big old timber farmhouse style, ooh yeah – I have been on the lookout for ages – soon it will be more coastal with whitewashed legs and a scrubbed top – will show you pics soon)
The crate went white
– we used outdoor paint for this and it got two coats
…even though it will be under cover it is more open to the elements on that side of the deck and we wanted the paint to hold up – plus I have noticed with other furniture that I have painted with this stuff that it cleans up pretty well which obviously will be needed here…
we used and recommend Dulux Weathershield
There were these batons on top of the crate that could have proved to restrict the working area but the Weber is the small one and when we tried it the batons were fine even with a couple of chopping boards and utensils in the area too…
The paint went on really easily and didn’t take very long at all…after all it is a square box!
Some things that I have given a wash of white for beach decor have not been anywhere near as simple – some of the trickiest things to paint are chairs – some can take ages with all their different sections – guess what I found while vintage treasure hunting this weekend? Chairs! Painting chairs with a coastal white is one of the budget ways I got this cottage filled with beach / coastal decor without breaking the bank.. . so, the chairs I found? … a vintage Bentwood style and a lovely old outdoor cane one, both in some serious need of love…and some patient painting…
On the first coat, with all but the top done it was starting to look pretty good,
I wanted all the nails and markings to show through and they do which is good, and the stamping too is coming through the paint which I like, only wish there was more of it for a bit more of an industrial / been-on-a-container-ship-over-the-high-seas kinda feel…
I was hoping to have the ‘after’ shot blogged here today but not sure if I will have time this morning, I have a school thing to go to… but I’ll pop some updates on Facebook – have you come over to say G’day to the Beach Cottage Facebook page yet? We’re over here!
What do you think of the crate so far – not a herb/veggie planter in the end (on the look out for another one for that re-purposing) but looking good so far don’t you think….and for zero dollars not too tough on the old pocketbook ;-)
p.s. if you subscribe to the Beach Cottage Newsletter I’ll put a few sneak peeks of the finished crate in there today… ;-)