Friday, March 25, 2011

Thrift store wooden box makeover & tutorial

Hi Nesters!

I picked up this white washed wooden box (formerly from Target per the original label) from the Salvation Army Thrift Store for $1. 39.  I knew it had potential when I saw it so I grabbed it up.  I've had it sitting on my "to do" shelf in my workshop (aka garage) for a few weeks now waiting for inspiration to strike me.

While I was perusing The Graphics Fairy's FREE vintage graphics the other day, I came across a wonderful vintage French label and I instantly knew it would soon adorn my thrift store box.  Here's what I did:

  1. Lightly sanded the box inside and out and wipe clean.
  2. Using a foam brush, I painted/dabbed on espresso colored stain all over (including on the metal hardware) to give it a mottled appearance and let it dry before touching up some missed areas in the carving.
  3. I printed out a copy of the French label I found at The Graphic's Fairy on regular computer paper using the photo setting so I would get a good quality copy.
  4. I cut out the label and then burned the edges with a candle to give it an older feel.  Stinky and messy but oh so fun!
  5. I applied matte finish Mod Podge to the back of the label and affixed it to the lid of the box and let it dry.
  6. I then applied one coat of the matte finish Mod Podge over the entire top of the box (including the label) to seal and protect it. 
It now sits on top of our coffee table and holds the coasters I made over.

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