The idea for our centerpieces came from this photo that I saw on Pintrest.
Here are how the crates looked when we got them. Boring old blonde wood, with paper and glue stuck to them, yuck! The Mr and I cleaned them up with a razor blade and some Glass Plus (knock-off Windex).
Once we got all of that yucky stuff off we took a palm sander and lightly sanded the boxes down so that I could stain them the color that we wanted.
I think the boxes came out awesome and I am totally in love! Here is a little step by step of how I stained mine. In no way am I an expert on staining, this is simply the steps that worked for me.
First you need to choose your stain color, you'll also need cheesecloth and rubber gloves. Rubber gloves are necessary as the stain will stain your fingers and stay on for a couple of days.
This is what one side of the box looks like after getting stain and before the wipe off with the dry cheesecloth.
I am thinking about using a wood burner to put our initials on the side or use my family's brand and brand the side of some of the boxes to really give it that personal country touch!