I’m always on the lookout for great photo props, home decor, and fun accents. I LOVE aged wooden crates, and figured I could make my own. Because I am using this to photograph newborns in, I wanted to use something nontoxic.
I saw this adorable tea stained wooden crate from Condo Blues and wanted to recreate it (if you are looking for a beautiful dog bed, you need to check this out. Completely brilliant!). Only I didn’t want to part with a bunch of tea (I am cheap… what can you say- using a bunch of tea bags for home decor seemed like a waste of precious caffeine to me), and I thought to myself “what is darker than tea and might work?”
It was remarkably simple.
First, get an unfinished wooden crate. I got mine at Jo-Anns for $15.
Reuse coffee grounds by brewing another pot with spent grounds.
Boil re-brewed coffee on stovetop, reduce by 50%.
Paint wooden box with coffee concentrate until desired color is achieved.
Let dry, and stain additional areas if desired (color tends to get lighter when dry).
How well did it work you ask? Check out the box compared with the unstained base:
Told you… so easy. And other than some water, you don’t have to use up ANYTHING since you can use spent coffee grounds.
Sacrificing good coffee (arguably my most valued crafting tool) is never ok in this house- that was a big one.
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