Giving an Old Vintage Crate Some Rustic Charm

Lately I’ve been buying up old, vintage crates and boxes like crazy. I’ve enjoyed giving them a little extra character by adding some stenciling.

I especially like the Folk Art  brand “Farmers Market” stencil that I recently bought at Walmart (no compensation received). It seems perfectly suited to old crates and wooden boxes. 

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vintage crate with flowers stenciled Farmer's Market

I’ve not been able to find this same stencil online, but here are two similar ones that I really love:

Related Article: How to Stencil on a Vintage Find

Close up of vintage crate with vintage lantern

The crate is adorned with numerous rusty old nails that add to its character. I look for crates in all my treasure hunts but have had the most luck at estate sales. Be sure to check out the garage and basement since that’s where I’ve had the best luck

Close up of Vintage Farmer's Market Crate

The wood’s surface is nicely aged and a bit scruffy, as if in its past life it had been used to haul veggies, which it probably was.

Vintage Crate with new Farmer's Market Crate

The stencil actually has some stars on it, too, but that seemed little too “country” for my taste.

Side view of Vintage Crate with Farmers Market stencil

One of the great things about this stencil is that you can apply the whole thing, as I did here, or you can use just part of it. I’ve stenciled a few other items with just “Farmers Market” and others with “Country Fresh Vegetables.”

Farmers Market Centerpiece at Adirondack Girl @ Heart
For this project, I just used the “Farmers Market” portion of the stencil.

vintage farmer's market tray with pumpkins
Here I used it similarly, on a tray-shaped box, but added some of the stars this time.

farm market sign on vintage wood
For this apple basket lid sign, I stenciled “farm” instead of “farmer” because the space was smaller. In addition, I filled in the blank spaces on each letter for a more finished look.

Click HERE to see another stenciled vintage box.


Vintage Farmer's Market Stencil on Vintage Crate

I’m loving the crate with these faux geraniums.

Farmer's Market Vintage Crate with Vintage Lantern
I brought the crate up to my shop this past week-end, listed at $28.00. I think someone will fall in love with its rustic personality and take it home with them in no time. What do you think?

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  1. Hi Diana, Great stenciling! I also like the geraniums and the green lantern that goes so well together with the stenciled crate! You make stenciling look easy but I know it’s not! Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Janet

  2. I think I must be channeling you, Diana! I picked up a large old wooden tray that I wanted to stencil for my kitchen – with something like “Farmer’s Market” and here you go showing off your Farmer’s Market stencils again! 🙂 I am so bummed it’s no longet at Wal-Mart but I think I’ll check at mine just in case! I’m sure someone will buy this beauty soon. xo Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

  3. OH that looks fantastic. I bet that is one of your favorite stencils. All of the crates look great and should sell in no time.

  4. If you told me Walmart had that stencil I would run out and buy it now. Great stencil, and nice use of stencil. Sharon

  5. Great crate update. I bet it won’t hang around long. I bought that stencil but haven’t gotten the nerve to use it yet. sb

  6. Crates and wood baskets are pricey lately. In one shop I found 2 but they were $30 each! Soon garage/yard/estate stale will start soon so will be on the look out for bargains!

  7. Very Cute…these crates are so versatile—and you can always turn them around for non-farmer’s market seasons!
    I have a huge stash of crates I will be using in my craft shop. Hubby just wrinkled his nose, when I said that—but he will have to deal with it…grins, Sandi

  8. I love crates, I love stencils and I love those flowers! And that cute lantern right next to it is just perfect Diana!

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  10. Giving yo u a featrure tomorrow, Diana! Thanks so much for taking part in “Let’s Talk Vintage!” each week!

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