Easy Stenciled Fall Decor With A Crate and Fence Board

September 13, 2019

 I found this little wooden crate at a recent garage sale for $5.

Crates are really popular here, even without advertising, so I didn't think $5 was a bad price.

It was fairly dirty.  I scrubbed it outdoors with a bucket of hot soapy Dawn dish soap water and a scrub brush.  I also used some Krud Kutter Kitchen Degreaser Spray on some oily spots.

I let the crate air dry outdoors.

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This 10 pack of  10" card stock stencils is available at Joann Fabric for $8.99.  If you miss the sale, you can always use a coupon.

I used a few of these stencils on the crate and on a sign too.

I think the old truck with pumpkins in truck bed sold me on this package.  I used it, and the "Farm Fresh" portion of another stencil on the crate.

These stencils are a couple use stencils.  Be very careful with them so they don't rip or fold.  If you want to try your hand at  stenciling, these stencils are not a big investment.

Only the truck part fit on the crate front.  

I pounced on the truck stencil using Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash and a brush from the Dreamweaver Brush Set.

I like to poly my old crates, especially indoor decor crates.  Not just to protect the stencil, but to  seal any remaining stains/germs/gunk in the old crates.

I used Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish in Matte on the crate.  You can see above how the Polycrylic darkens the wood.  Once dry, it will lighten some.

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My little crate is perfect for pumpkins!

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Both ends of the crate have the "Farm Fresh" stencil.

I had to find a way to use this stencil.  I love the "Rae Dunn" looking font on the fall phrases at the right of the stencil.

I ended up using a 14 1/2" section of a dog eared cedar fence board from Menards.  (I have these on hand.)

I brushed on a coat of Weathered Wood Accelerator. 

So I used the fall phrases stencil and one of the oak leaves from another stencil on my board.

After the Weathered Wood Accelerator, I brushed on a watered down 1/2 paint (Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop Cloth) and 1/2 water coat on my board, omitting the edges of the board.  See above.

I then went over the center of the board with more undiluted Drop Cloth. My board has an irregular two paint look border.

 I used more Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash for the stenciling.

I chose Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Empire Gold for the oak leaf.

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I sprayed the sign with Dixie Belle Easy Peasy Spray Wax.

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Thanks for visiting!  I hope you like my fall vignette project.
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. There both cute, and I love the little truck. I dont go to Joanns much because theres not one close to me. But I might have to go take a look at their stencils.


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