The other day when I was in Walmart, I saw they had some wooden crates for an amazing price. At the time, I had no idea what I was actually going to use them for, I just knew they were a great price and I had to have them. When I got home and took a moment to think about a potential use, I finally came across the idea that they could be used as little dog toy holders. So, I brought the crates down to my workshop and got to work.

Materials Needed:

  • Wooden Crate
  • Aqua Antique Interior Stain
  • “Peacock” color chalk paint (This is a teal like color)
  • “White” color chalk paint
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • Sponge brush
  • Paint Brush (I use synthetic bristles)
  • Stencil sheet
  • Sponge Dabbers
  • Clear Satin Finish Spray


  1. Sand down the crate.  The crate I purchased was already bare, however, just to be on the safe side, I recommend doing a light sanding.
  2. Next, take your sponge brush and apply the “Aqua Antique” stain.  I did not use a rag to wipe.  I let it soak in and dry.
  3. Once, the stain is completely dry (I let it dry a little over 24 hours in a well ventilated area) take your “Peacock” color and paint over the entire crate.
  4. Let it dry.
  5. Once the paint has completely dried, take your 220 grit sandpaper and distress the crate.  Distressing is a personal preference.  You can distress a little or a lot. It’s up to you.
  6. Once, you have distressed the crate to your liking, take your paint brush is dip just the tips of the bristles in the paint.
  7. Using a pendulum or long sweeping motion, brush the white chalk paint onto the crate.  You are looking for an uneven stroke like appearance on the crate. Keep going back and forth with each stroke until there is no more paint coming off the brush.
  8. This next step is optional, but if you would like to add a stencil image then do so now.
  9. Hold the stencil paper in your desired location, take a sponge dabber and apply the white chalk paint. Small little dabs until the stencil area is completely filled in.
  10. Let the stencil dry for 60 seconds and lift the stencil paper.
  11. Let everything dry.
  12. Once everything is dry, go back in with your 220 grit sandpaper and distress a little more.
  13. Spray the entire crate with clear finishing spray and let dry.


Please Note: This is again optional and based on preference, but I chose to leave the interior of the crate a solid color with only minor distressing.  I chose NOT to dry brush the white chalk as I like the look that the solid color had against the color on the outside.

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