Turning Dollar Store Wood Into Something Beautiful


Thank you so much for all of your kind words about my fall centerpieces this year. You can find all three of them HERE, but I really want to talk about this one. There’s a super special piece tucked in there: the wood crate. It’s absolutely adorable, but it didn’t start out that way.

This crate, along with two pallets and a wood sign, all came from the craft section at our dollar store. They are do cute just the way they are, but there is an easy way to make them even better!

A small can of wood stain turns those pale wood pieces into ones that are aged, worn and more realistic. The difference is pretty amazing, and it really only takes a few minutes to give them their makeover.

I normally use a sponge brush and a clean piece of toweling to apply my stain. I apply the stain with the sponge and wipe it off with the towel. For the small spaces like this miniature pallet, I wrap the toweling around an old screwdriver and tuck it in all those crevices. The wood soaks up as much as it can, and the towel removes the excess so it doesn’t drip.

The difference before and after a coat of stain is pretty amazing. And starting with such a blank canvas means I can pick whatever stains, shades and colors I want for that particular project. The possibilities are endless, and that’s the fun part! If you had these plain wood pieces to do with as you like, what would you create?


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