It was an Italian job. A French wine crate who wanted to be Italian. What was I to do?
Well, of course, go to The Graphics Fairy and help this crate change its nationality.
I do not have a before photo, but I know you have seen it somewhere in one of my vintage shopping posts.
You know these crates - just simple boards nailed together with a paper label on one side and an embossed label on the other.
Yes, it is another post about that turquoise-y paint wash I mixed up. The crate can be seen under that toolbox.
So you have seen The Charlotte shelf, now the wine crate, and guess what is next?
I promise I am now out of that particular color wash.
I went to The Graphics Fairy and decided on three Rome images.
The first a vintage postcard of the Coliseum.
The second was a map of Rome - loved the red and black graphics.
The third image was a Roma postmark - again with the red and black.
I took the three of them over to iPiccy and played with overlays and color addition and subtraction.
I created an image to my liking. Notice I changed the red on the map to turquoise to match the paint wash.
Next I took the image to Block and made a small poster.
I had to fit the poster within the confines of the crate's bottom -
which meant trimming a little here and a little there.
Then I Mod Podged the four sheets into the crate careful that the image edges matched.
I used two coats on top to seal the image.
All of this took a couple of days to make sure it was very dry.
Now for the distressing. I decided to orient the crate on its side for a shelf. So one side became the top on which I used a quatre foil stamp in timber brown StazOn ink.
Here is the embossed label. I made sure there was plenty of turquoise in the lettering.
Using the ink pad I rubbed the timber brown across the surface.
Make sure to use permanent ink for this step.
Also after it has cured for a day, seal it with a craft varnish.
I used the ink pad for the inside distressing.
Left side distressed. Right side plain (and sane!)
Completely distressed - just like me!
Copper hammered handles were added to each side.
Just in case someone might want to use it as a crate.
I think it wants to be Italian and a shelf.
I'm just saying.
Well, it has gotten its wish. It may be embossed as being French, but it is dressed in Italian style.
(Yes, I know i gave it Early American handles! It's a piece of wood - it will never notice.)
See, I told you it was a shelf in crate's clothing!
Well I survived all the fluffing and stuffing last week at the antique mall. I finished this shelf. It now carries an Italian passport and seems to be happy. I know you are happy there is only one more post using the turquoise paint wash. You do know I could mix up some more. (Scary music playing!)
I am off on a Low Country Crawl looking for a number of things. I have made a list, but I know I will not stick to it. I am hoping to find some rusty and crusty little orphans out there to bring home.