It seems like reproduction wood crates are all the rage now. But why settle for faux attempt at a vintage wood crate when you can upcycle and personalize the real deal?
When we were completing a new fireplace and hearth project, there was a real need for a kindling holder that fit the design motif. So when we spotted this small wood barrel at our favorite antique barn, its new purpose was known right away. Personalizing an antique crate is incredibly easy. Whether it’s a desk organizing set of shallow crates or a book shelf made from old fruit boxes, you can add your own charm with wood burnt labeling or a custom design.
Start by printing out your design on normal printer paper. Then position the design to the perfect spot and slip a piece of carbon transfer paper under it. (Yes, remember that carbon copy paper we all used before the digital age?) Tape it in place and trace the exterior perimeter with a ball-point pen.
Occasionally clean the carbon off the tip with a damp rag. As the carbon builds up, it actually acts like an insulator and decreases the effectiveness of the iron. Continue filling in any light areas. The wood should have a slight and even depression at the scorched areas. Finally, clean up any waviness in the outline with the edge of the tip.