Thursday, March 15, 2012

Aging Recipe Used On Coffee-Tote

I thought I'd expand on my post yesterday and show you the finish I used on my coffee crate-style tote.  The tote started out natural with no finish.  I wanted an aged gray appearance.  It was really an experiment gone right.

First I started with McCloskey's Aging Glaze in Asphaltum which I mixed with water.  I didn't want to blacken it, just make it more gray.

This is what the tote looked like before I started.

I used a sponge brush to apply the glaze.  At first it looked like it was going to turn out brown.

As it dried it turned more gray.

But not gray enough.

So then I dry-brushed some white latex paint over it.  I used a very dry brush and worked while the wood was still a little damp.

Next, I applied the design from Graphics Fairy and the Silhouette Store, using contact paper in my Silhouette Cameo.  I tried using the printer method, but this wood was too rough.

The lettering wasn't perfect and was a bit too dark, so I lightly sanded it to get the faded, aged look I was going for.  Finally I added some damask printed grosgrain ribbon from Hobby Lobby for a handle.

The words say "Coffee and Syrups."  I'm planning to buy a couple bottles of syrup flavorings like caramel and vanilla...or maybe hazelnut...chocolate would be good too.  Decisions, decisions.  Stop by for a coffee break sometime, ok?

I've joined these great parties:

Stuff and Nonsense

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special
I Heart Nap Time sew many waysThe Graphics Fairy

The DIY Dreamer


  1. That is so cute! I love the aging on it. I will up for a coffee break. :)
    Enjoy the beautiful weather!

  2. What an awesome project. I love the way it is so pretty when it's aged. Perfect finish.

    Have a blessed day.

  3. Absolutely adorable...Love the patina! Nice share...Wishing you a lovely evening! Hugs

  4. very sweet.
    Brushing on while wet is a great idea.

    barbara jean

  5. super cute project!! Visiting from French Country Cottage.

  6. Beautiful transformation. Love the frenchy look.

  7. What a lovely finish! This project would be perfect for our linky party featuring "Transformations" called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts tomorrow- Friday, March 16th 2012 at 7:00 am and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)

    -Whitney @ TheRoosterAndTheHen

  8. Oh WOW!!!!! I love the finish!!!! That recipe can be used on so many different projects!! Awesome!

    I hope you'll share this over at The DIY Dreamer!

  9. Beautiful!!! Hopefully I'll get to try this soon. :)

  10. That look wonderful, you did a great job! Hugs, Lynn

  11. Hey thats cute! Great idea for replacing the handle too, now it looks tres chic!


  12. Beautiful finish on your crate!

  13. Your crate is great!!-lol Love the way you drybrushed and aged the writing-I'm a follower from finding fabulous-stop by for a visit!

  14. Wow - so cute!! You are pretty good at working with paint and knowing what to try. The color turned out really great!!

    Thanks for linking up at Romance on a Dime! I'm pinning this.


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