Last month, I found several of these CD storage crates and my local GW.
They're pretty much a dime a dozen at the thrift shops. If you're unable to find them there, try your local craft store. I believe they're only a few bucks in those shops too.
Once you have them in your hot little hands, the next step is to stain them (if they're naked wood). You'll need to do this so that once you distress the pieces, there'll be something dark to peek through. I was using Minwax Dark Walnut, but I found a better color, which I'll be using from now on. It's still Minwax, but it's the Ebony shade. Anyway, when you do this step, just brush it on with a foam brush and leave the piece to dry for a day or two. There's no need to formally stain (you know, wiping and then reapplying) them since I'll just be covering it in paint anyway.
After the stain has dried, paint the whole thing in your favorite paint. Once that's done, sand the piece down and adorn with you favorite little real (or fake!) houseplants.
paint - Folk Art in Turquoise
paint - Folk Art in Fresh Foliage
I think these would be great for a teacher's gift. Wouldn't it be a sweet gift with some seed packets and some gardening gloves tucked inside?
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