I bought the crate pre-done at Jo Ann's!
Originally they are $7.99 ea. but I used a 50% off coupon.
This not only saved me the extra time, but money too!
I started out with the plain wood crate & gave it a light sanding
Next, I painted the edges with Martha Stewart - brown - craft paint
& left to dry for 40 min or so
After leaving to dry I added a 2nd coat
Once everything was dry, I started sanding and distressing in the areas that I desired.
The final step was adding a thin top coat of extremely watered down
After the last coat was dry, I then went back and sanded down a few more areas that I missed
Lastly, I wanted to give the piece a wax coating. Since I didn't have anything at home on hand & it was about 8 pm when I started working on this project, I searched around my home for something that I could use. I came across some dryer sheets and gave it a try & surprisingly enough, it worked!
You may not notice a huge difference just by looking at the piece, but it seals the paint and you can feel the difference to the touch. Another way to wax seal wood is with plain soap!
After the piece looked how I wanted it to, I added on two handles to each side & then it was finished!