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DIY Rustic Crate Bath Tissue Holder

  Thanks to Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser for sponsoring today's post. All opinions are mine alone. #Scott100More #CollectiveBias

  A few weeks ago I decided it was time to remodel one of my bathrooms. It was seriously outdated and in need of a major makeover. When I say outdated, I'm talkin' major, decades old outdated. Golden oak cabinet, pink tile, chrome fixture outdated. The more I looked around the more I realized this bathroom was in some serious need of a trip to the 21st century. I started looking for some ideas that would be quick, easy and wouldn't cost a fortune.
  I began my DIY remodel quest where all great ideas are born. Yup, you guessed it... Pinterest! It all started with a before-and-after pin of a bathroom cabinet. It looked exactly like my golden oldie, and I could see the potential ahead. The secret apparently lied in a revolutionary staining method. This technique involved using a gel stain made by General Finishes. The medium could be used on everything from traditional solid wood to veneer and even... paper laminate.
  Before I tackled the cabinets head on I wanted to get a feel for this new gel stain. I decided to make something I've been wanting for a while: a small decorative wood crate type bath tissue holder. I was so excited with the result I couldn't wait to continue staining away!
  For this first post in my bathroom makeover series I'm going to show you how to make this cute, stylish decorative bath tissue holder. What's even better is that you can customize to fit your own color scheme. Keep reading and you'll see exactly what you'll need to make it.

  • Small Crate approx. 10-15" x 5.5" x 4.5"
  • Martha Stewart Craft Paint try Pool, Surf or Beach Glass
  • General Finishes Gel Stain in Java
  • Thick bristle brush, Sanding sponge/sandpaper, Old cloth rag
  • Latex gloves 

  Definitely check out BJ's Wholesale for all your supplies including brushes, sanding sponge, gloves and  SCOTT® 1100 Bath Tissue. You'll be surprised at the variety of products they have for DIYers like myself. I love it because I know I'm getting the best deal on all of the things I need...plus you'll be surprised how fast you can go through a case of sanding sponges! PLUS, I am providing a link at the bottom of the post for SCOTT® 1100 Bath Tissue  & BJ's Wholesale coupons to help you out with your purchase! 

  Start with a highly pigmented paint, such as Martha Stewart Crafts,  for best results. To create a lightly distressed look you'll want to concentrate the paint on the outside corners and any edges of the crate. You also want to dry brush a few paint strokes on the faces of the wood. These painted areas will show through the stain and enable to piece to have a rustic look.

After the paint is fully dry you're ready to start applying the stain. Make sure you have your rubber gloves! The last thing you want is dark brown stained hands and nails...unlike paint, this stuff doesn't wash off.

You can use a foam brush or cotton rag for best application. Make sure to get into the corner and crevices of the crate.

At this point you want to wipe some of the stain off the areas you painted. Wipe off around the corners and raised edges. Don't worry if you don't remove all of the brown color since we'll be sanding once the stain is dry.

Make sure you give the stain enough time to dry very well. This is a gel stain,which you'll see, has a higher viscosity than regular stain and longer dry time since it isn't completely absorbed into the wood as quickly as traditional stain.

Once the stain is dry lightly sand away excess stain on previously painted spots on wood. You may even want to sand some areas right down to the bare wood. This will depend on how distressed you want the piece to look.

  I finished the crate with a coat of satin finish Varathane polyurethane. That part is completely up to you. I wanted to seal the piece for easier cleaning but it's not 100% necessary. You might also want to try one of the waxy chalk paint sealers. They're primarily used for sealing and finishing chalk paint but can be used anywhere. 

  I love being able to have this crate for storing extra bath tissue.  I think it's great for a guest bathroom so you don't have that awkwardness of running out. One of the many reasons I chose SCOTT® 1100 Bath Tissue was the fact that each roll lasts so long - which means less changing! No one likes to run out, and this holder plus the 100 extra sheets per roll will ensure that happens a lot less often. Another reason I love SCOTT® 1100 Bath Tissue is because green environmental impact compared to other brands. The cardboard cores for all SCOTT® 1100 Bath Tissue are made from 100% recycled paper. How great is that!

Make sure you check back for my complete bathroom makeover series. 
You're gonna love to see how easy it was to use the gel stain on the
paper laminate of my decades old cabinets!...

 Thanks  to SCOTT®  for sponsoring today's bathroom make-over series.
Be sure to pick up your coupon here* for SCOTT® 1100 Bath Tissue.


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