The Easiest Way to Make Wood Look Old and Rustic {DIY Rustic Wood Crate}

I’ve always wondered how people make their wood projects look old and rustic, or if they just bought it that way. And as a photographer, I’m in the prop business as well as being someone who just loves a rustic looking piece of wood as decoration, so I wanted to know if the only way to get this look was to pay the big dollars for antique wood or if I could do it myself. Seeing as I’m a big DIYer, I went to the Internet. I found a lot of great sites that explained how to make wood look rustic, but they typically involved 10 or more steps, several colors of stain and a lot of time for sanding, painting, drying and re-coating.

I thought, why can’t there be one stain to achieve the look I want? And then I stumbled across the answer: Minwax Classic Gray Stain! This is the easiest and quickest way I have found to achieve an old, rustic looking piece of wood for your home, decorative piece, or in my case, a lovely little wood crate for children to sit on or to put babies in :) The end result costed me under $12 to do.

IMG_7260-1 LR rustic looking crate painted with stain

The first thing you need is to go out and buy some Minwax Classic Gray 271 wood stain. I bought a small can of it for around $4.50 and I still have over half left, so you really don’t need much. Grab the wood you want to paint, a brush, plastic or newspaper to lay down under it, and an old rag to dab off any excess stain.

IMG_7226-1 LR Minwax wood gray stain

I bought this wood crate on sale for around $7.00. I saw the potential here immediately, and I got a great deal to boot. Only problem was I didn’t love the color.

IMG_7230-1 LR wood crate

But with a little stain I could get the look I wanted. I grabbed a regular paint brush I found lying around and began to paint. As you apply the stain, make sure you’re dry-brushing it on. You don’t need much. I dabbed my brush on an old rag before applying it to the wood to make sure I didn’t have too much on it. Then I coated the wood and brushed over it several times without putting more stain on my brush to spread it out as much as I could. This will allow the natural wood color to show through.

IMG_7227-1 LR Rustic looking crate

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Jessica’s Senior Photo Session {Grafton, WI Photographer}

I met up with Jessica a few weeks back for her senior photos and it was the perfect day for it. We decided that the beach and some tall grass type of shots would be ideal for her, and she looked amazing in all her photos. There were a lot great places along our walk to photograph her next to, so choosing photos to edit was tough. I had a great time taking them though…check ’em out!

Jessica's Beach Senior Photo Session

Jessica's Beach Senior Photo Session

Jessica's Beach Senior Photo Session

Jessica's Beach Senior Photo Session

Jessica's Beach Senior Photo Session

 

Joe’s 6 Month Photo Session {Cedarburg, WI Photographer}

I met up with little Joe again, but this time for his six month photos and he definitely gave me some adorable faces. Mom said he was only able to squeak in a 20 minute nap before his session, but he did excellent regardless! His “go-getter” personality is so fun to watch and he’ll definitely be interesting to see once he gets up on two feet. I can’t wait for that day, but until then, enjoy!

 Joe's 6 month old photo sessions

 Joe's 6 month photo session

 Joe's 6 month boy photo session

 Joe's 6 month photo session

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Landon’s Newborn Photo Session {Grafton, WI Photographer}

I recently met two-week old Landon at his newborn photo session, and boy was he a darling! Once we got him nice and cozy, he gave us a good hour of sleep and he stayed so content. Mom and dad did a great job helping me keep him comfortable, and they had a cute idea to take the below “fist bump” photo, which was a great idea to show Landon and dad’s fist size difference. Overall it was so nice meeting this new little family, and I can’t wait to see them again when Landon turns six months!

Landon newborn photos

Landon newborn photos

Landon newborn photos

Landon newborn photos

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Parker’s 6 Month Session {Cedarburg, WI Photographer}

It was recently time for Parker’s 6 month photo session and I hadn’t seen him since his 4 month. He was just as happy and just as cute. We had a beautiful day to get outside and prop him up in front of the usual things babies hang out by, you know, a tree log or on a pathway through the woods. Well at least it seemed like the usual for Parker because he was game for anything! It was so great to see him rolling around and sitting up, I can’t wait to see him as he continues to grow. Enjoy!

Parker 6 month photo session

Parker 6 month photo session

Parker 6 month photo session

Parker 6 month photo session

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