January Prop Project: Wooden crate

We are always in search of interesting new props for our photo sessions.  Recently, we spotted some wooden crates that had been painted to look sort of rustic.  The crates were being used in Newborn sessions.  Amazingly, we just happened to have a spare unpainted wooden crate lying around.  Viola!  Just like that, inspiration was born!  We were going to make our own version.

Here’s what we did…

Before we start, it should be noted the following images are of two different crates that were completed using the exact same process.

First, the wooden crate had to be sanded.  This was a very important and time consuming step.  We didn’t want uneven surfaces to snag our baby.

 After sanding, we painted the crate brown using 2 coats of a semi-gloss paint.

Once the brown paint had thoroughly dried, we haphazardly painted the box with a red semi-gloss paint.  The key here was to lightly brush the paint on, while at the same time allowing for some more concentrated brush strokes occasionally.

When the red paint had dried, it seemed we needed to tone down the red a little.  We used a mixture of water and brown paint to lightly glaze the entire crate.  Almost immediately after applying the “glaze”, we lightly wiped it off with paper towel, leaving just a tint of brown on top of the red.

After the crate was completly dry, we put a baby in it!

Baby Matthew Burke really seemed to enjoy it.