I've been on the hunt for vintage crates for awhile now. They're not hard to find online but the prices are wild. I found these guys at Michael's for less than $10 each, so thought I'd give a go at staining them myself. I actually found staining pretty easy... it's nice to be able to control what the wood will look like! I consider this practice for a few big wood projects I have brewing. ;)
On the two smaller ones I first sprayed and wiped with a gray stain, then coated with a walnut stain with a brush. The bigger crate is solely the walnut (my favorite).
Have you tried staining? Any tips?!