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Thrift Store Stained Apple Bucket

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I’ve got a cute Stained Apple Bucket to share with you as part of this month’s Thrift Store makeover!  I found this basic apple basket for $1 at our local thrift store during the summer.  I scooped it up knowing I’d want to use it during the fall.  We love going up to our local apple orchards during this time of year.

Thrift store apple basket transformed with stain and a cool technique.  Get all the detail on how to do this easy stain technique yourself to create fun stain projects.

Stained Apple Bucket

Here’s what I started with.

Cute and basic.  Here’s what you need to create this Staine Apple Basket.

Apple Basket Supply List:  (affiliate links for your convenience)

Step 1:

This first step has the coolest technique to it.  Did you know you can use wood glue to create a kind of barrier to wood stain?  I used this technique on my Pine Wood Laundry Countertop.  It’s so fun!

With a small paintbrush write on the apple basket with wood glue.  Let it dry a couple of hours until it’s completely dry and not sticky at all.

Step 2:

It’s time to stain.  For the apple basket, I used a brush to apply the stain.  It was easier to get into all those nooks and crannies.  I used my favorite stain, Kona; but you could use whatever stain color you like!

Step 3:

Follow the directions on your stain, but I let mine sit about 5 minutes (it was warm outside) and then wiped away the excess stain.  When you wipe it away you will see your glue painted areas are much lighter.  The absorb a little of the stain, but it’s definitely clear and readable.

Step 4:

Let it dry.  I love the Kona stain I used because it dries it only 1 hour!

Now it’s time to enjoy your cute apple basket!

Now make sure to check out all these other amazing Thrift Store makeovers from the team.

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Thrift store apple basket transformed with stain and a cool technique.  Get all the detail on how to do this easy stain technique yourself to create fun stain projects.

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12 Comments

  1. This such a cute and great idea. I knew wood glue did this but never thought about doing this as a technique

    Thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy the rest of your day

    Cindy

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