Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Box of Many Trades

An antique toolbox to hold, well, almost anything.

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Paint supplies. Art/craft supplies. Wine bottles. Picture it on a big, rugged farm table, with oversized napkins, and utensils wrapped with twine. Yeah?

 

My goal was simply to give it new life. A new, old life. But with a twist. You know, a little spice.

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Each layer of color was added individually. I started with a light coat of primer. Which, almost completely soaked into the wood. Next was a solid coat of green. Once dry, I dry brushed the light blue on top of the green. Nothing specific. Nothing technical. Just wherever and in every direction. I mixed the blue about 50/50 paint and water. I used a wet rag to wipe off any excess.

The Fleur-de-lis: I found an image using Google. Printed it down, cut it out, taped it where I wanted it. Then, I used a pen to trace over the outline. By using a little pressure, it leaves a faint outline (impression) in the wood. I used a couple small brushes to fill it in by hand. I did this on both ends of the box.

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I did the same process for the front of the box, to make the oval shape. I just used a small trash can as my template. Hey, whatever works, right? Once everything was in place, I sanded. Lots of sanding. I really wanted it to look rough. But, it’s actually pretty smooth. No splinters.

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Next, it was time for the handle. I used some smallish rope from Home Depot. Not sure of the size, but it’s about 1/4”. I pre-wrapped it to get the length I wanted, then cut it to size. I attached it to the original handle with hot glue. Each compartment got lined with a piece of burlap. Also attached with hot glue.

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Now…the numbers. I don’t know? I just wanted them. Actually, I wanted some old metal letters and numbers. Did you know that metal letters are next to impossible to come by? Really. So I chose a couple completely mismatched numbers. I even banged up the wooden #2 to give it some age.

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After everything was in place, I glazed the box. The whole box! Even the rope handle. The glaze is what really brought it all together. However…I didn’t glaze the inside. I wanted the brighter colors on the inside to contrast the outside. I’ve been using Varathane Gel Stain to glaze. This stuff rocks!

 

So you don’t have to scroll…

before

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after

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So what do you think? Could you find a place in your house for this?

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