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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Vintage Stenciled French Themed Crate

Bon Jour Mes Amis!
Are you attracted to vintage wood crates like I am?  Well, I'd been looking for one to redo for some time, and finally found one!  Well, I have to give my hubby credit for finding it actually, while we were out thrifting together recently.
I didn't get any before shots of this vintage wood fruit crate.  Let's just say that it was in need of some love!
Or should I say "amour", as I gave this puppy a makeover with a French accent!

 After giving the crate a good cleaning, I began by painting it with a beautiful light blue chalk paint.  I intentionally left some of the wood showing thru here and there, to add to the time worn charm.
 A bit of distressing gave it even more of a rustic feel.  I then stenciled both front and back with this lovely
"Marche Aux Fleurs", or "Market of Flowers".
And to each end I added the word "fleurs".
 I am so happy with the way it turned out.  I had alot of fun during the little photo shoot, as I placed this beauty in my Etsy shop if you care to look.
 Wouldn't it be beautiful filled with pots of lavender?
 That is one of the reasons I love crates.  Not only are they good looking, but can be used in so many ways, all thru out the house.  Fill with books and magazines, or maybe place on the kitchen counter with wine glasses and a wine bottle.  Or used in the bathroom to attractively store towels or toiletries.
So there you have it, my vintage fruit crate turned French flower market crate!
Thanks for stopping by today!


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This turned out so cute, Donna! I love the color of blue...it looks so pretty with green, too!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Donna this is adorable! I love the stenciling!

Susie said...

Donna, I love that. It looks even more special with the little books. Great job. Are you warming up there in Mi. now? Hope so, Bless you, xoxo,Susie

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Donna, your French crate turned out so beautiful. Love the color and the low style of this one. Perfect for a table top. Great way you styled it for the pics too.
I'm sure it won't last long in your shop.
Happy creating!
Hugs, CM

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Love it! I would love it in the color of the pitcher on the left. I am just a green girl. Would look great in my garden cottage.

BeachGypsy said...

That is so pretty!! Love it!

Cynthia said...

Such a cute crate. Love the color and the stencil. The wood peeking through looks cool


Felecia Cofield said...

Hi Donna! I love the crate! I've been contemplating making one and there you've posted it! I really like the blue! And the French script is lovely! Since our weather has warmed up so nicely, I've spent my wood cutting time outside getting the chick pen ready for chicks. Got to love the country life! Have a great day! Blessings from Bama!

Okio B Designs said...

Beautifully done, Donna. I could definitely see it filled with Mason jars and lavender!


Debbie said...

LOVE the colors and the font you used, Donna! Perfect for jars, or clay pots of "lavende".
Have a wonderful weekend.

hazel marec said...

Donna, I love your new blog header--such pretty French pictures!
The crate is beautiful and so useful! Would look nice in the kitchen or on a table filled with French themed seasonal goodies! C'est tres jolie!
Laura, Tessie and Riley!