Skip to content
Home » Spring Green Distressed Wood Crate – DIY Beautify

Spring Green Distressed Wood Crate – DIY Beautify

daffodils, wood crate, tulips, doily, fabric carrots

A simply made shallow wood crate is painted in Spring green and distressed, making it ideal for displaying seasonal vignettes.

Why were these projects successful? Well, I have a good eye for design, and Mr
DIY has the math skills…together, we’ve made it work, even without owning
all the professional tools.

So when I was wanting a few shallow crates to display vignettes, I naturally
asked Mr DIY if we could DIY them! He grabbed a few inexpensive pieces of wood
from the home improvement store, and we spent an afternoon building three
small crates. 

Today I’m sharing how I painted and distressed one of the wood crates Spring
green. If you are interested in the instructions to build a shallow wood
crate, please leave me a comment below, and if I get enough interest, I’ll
write a tutorial for the crates that we built.

How to paint and distress a Spring green crate

I used products from Dixie Belle to transform the wood crate into one that looks
like it’s been around for a long time! I love vintage and antiques, and when I
can’t find what I’m looking for (at a price I want to pay), I find a way to make
them at home! I love using chalk paint when I’m painting anything, it has
superior adhesion and a matte finish that complements the vintage style I

Why use chalk paint?

If you’re new to chalk paint, I cannot sing its praises enough! It’s my paint
of choice anytime I craft. It covers nearly any surface, and virtually no prep
is needed. I have a whole chalk paint series that I recommend if you’re
wanting to find out more, start here with
Chalk Paint 101.
Something you may not know is that chalk paint can easily be mixed to create
custom colors. I mixed two colors to come up with the perfect 
cottage green dresser
in our guest room.

Below are the supplies that I used to add a vintage and distressed finish to a
new wood crate. Amazon links are included for your convenience.


  • green chalk paint (I used
    Dixie Belle Kudzu)
  • white chalk paint (I used
    Dixie Belle Cotton)
  • sandpaper
  • clear furniture paste wax (I used Annie Sloan – similar
  • dark furniture paste wax (I used Annie Sloan – similar
  • lint free rag
  • paint brush (I love this
    Purdy brush; the shorter handle makes it easier to get into corners)

If you want to distress and add a little vintage charm to a wood crate, the 4
simple steps, outlined below, will show you how to do it.

Step 1

I painted one nice even coat of the Spring green chalk paint onto the natural
wood of the crate and let it dry.

Step 2

I went over select edges and corners with a touch of white chalk paint and let
it dry. I used sandpaper to knock back some of the white to help it better

Step 3

Working on one side of the crate at a time, I used a lint free rag to swipe on
and rub in some clear furniture wax. The clear wax isn’t strictly necessary, but
it allows you to remove some of the dark wax, applied next, if it’s too dark.

Step 4

While the clear wax was still wet, I wiped on some dark wax, working it into
the corners and edges especially. Once it set (about 5 minutes), I buffed it
with a clean rag. This adds a wonderful old-world sheen and patina to the
painted piece.

The dark wax gives the painted crate depth and dimension, keeping it from
looking like a brand new piece.

This close up really shows the age and character I was able to add with just
paint and wax! Layering the paint is the trick to achieving this look. You
could even consider multiple colors to give it even more of a layered look.

If you really wanted to add vintage character, you could use a hammer to beat a
few dings and chips in the crate before painting it!

Styling a Spring green crate

I had so much fun styling my new old wood crate for Spring using some
faux daffodils, painted and aged terracotta pots, vintage books and speckled Easter eggs.

To make this DIY wood crate work for Easter vignettes, just add a bunny or
two, even some fuzzy chicks! My mother in law made these sweet fuzzy chicks
back in the 70’s, aren’t they adorable?

I added scallop trim to this painted pot using hot glue! Let me know if you’d
like a tutorial.

Pin to Save

bringing beauty to the ordinary,