~ A Sweet Little Treat for the Home ~
Hello My Sweets!
With the weather changing, a lot of people have gotten into the crafting mood! So, I decided that this weeks feature would be an easy thrift store craft transformation. I know you all glance through the thrift store “wood” section and think, ugly outdated junk. True, but, don’t be so quick to move on! There are all sorts of goodies waiting to be transformed in this section, and they are dirt cheap to boot! 💁🏻♀️ I found this recipe box(?) for $1.99 in the wood section. Not much to look at, huh? Read on! 😊
This craft was so quick to pull together that I forgot to take progress photos as I went along. Ooops, sorry. 😏 Don’t worry though, the steps are easy to understand and follow. The first thing that I did was remove the weird pull on the top and clean it thoroughly with Krud Kutter Cleaner/Degreaser https://amzn.to/36549fO. I pretty much always prime wood pieces first to prevent bleed through later. The only way to prevent bleed through is to use a shellac based primer and my tried and true is BIN Shellac Primer, Quart https://amzn.to/3g8fuyb. As mentioned before, always use a throw away brush for this step because it is next to impossible to clean the brush after. I always have inexpensive chip brushes on hand for this use – 3 inch, 24 pack https://amzn.to/2WNntJf. Once the primer was dry, I decided to use my homemade chalk paint, made with Behr Bit of Sugar and Calcium Carbonate https://amzn.to/3ia8lyt. Two parts paint to one part calcium carbonate dissolved in a little water, applied with my favorite brush – Angled 2 inch Stubby https://bit.ly/3oI0V9z. Once dry, sand lightly with 220 grit sandpaper. I just love the matte velvety look of chalk paint once it is sanded!
It was instantly improved with the white paint, but I wanted to give it a little more of a whimsical, French feel to go with the fleur de lis insert. Gold metallic stripes were just what it needed! I used painters tape https://amzn.to/363jJrh to mark off the stripes on both the box and the lid. I painted gold in all of the exposed areas with Deco Art champagne gold metallic paint https://amzn.to/2LodNCm.
I wasn’t crazy about how perfect the stripes looked. They looked a little too “new” and painted on for me, so I decided to go over the stripes and the corners of the box with 220 grit sandpaper https://amzn.to/3AJZjn8 to give it a distressed look. I replaced the old ugly pull on top with a pretty facetted glass pull to add a little glamour. 💎 I lined the inside of the box and lid with scroll contact paper to give a little pretty surprise when it was opened. 💝
Voila! An ugly thrift store dated recipe box is now a pretty, glamorous trinket box! 👑 Whatta you think? Will you think twice next time you pass up the wood aisle in the thrift store?
Thank you so much for joining me for Sugar Plum Sundae! Please check back every Sunday for more yummy recipes to transform reclaimed “junk” into sweet little treats for the home! 🤗
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MATERIALS LIST (may not be all inclusive):
Krud Kutter Cleaner/Degreaser https://amzn.to/36549fO
Painters Tape https://amzn.to/363jJrh
Champagne Gold Paint https://amzn.to/2LodNCm
BIN Shellac Primer, Quart https://amzn.to/3g8fuyb
3 inch, 24 pack https://amzn.to/2WNntJf
Calcium Carbonate https://amzn.to/3ia8lyt
Angled 2 inch Stubby Brush https://bit.ly/3oI0V9z
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