Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Paint Washed Box


Hello Friends

I  am just popping on to show you my lovely upcycled box that I painted this morning. I bought this wooden box from the thrift store for $2 and gave it a make over.  Well correction my husband bought it. He accidentaly broke my other wooden box that stored all of my essential oils. He did promise to get me a new one. Now I don't know if you know anything about essential oil storage but they are expensive. I think my last one was around $40.  So when I when I saw this at the thrift store I grabbed it. My husband was happy to pay for it at $2 ha!  It looks handmade it has some nicks and imperfections on it but it all adds to the character and I was going to distress it anyway.


I made a paint wash using Robin Egg blue acrylic paint and water. Thin the paint out until it is quite runny when you paint with it the wood texture still shows through. It left a nice wash and the knots of the wood were still noticeable.  When it was completely dry I stamped all over the box with this lovely stamp called Floral Soul from Unity. I used Peacock Feathers distress ink on top of the paint. When the ink was dry I went around the edges of the box with a white paint wash. Once the white paint was dry I took some steel wool and distressed the edges taking some of the paint back off.  Finally I stamped the beautiful soul stamp with Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.


Here it is side by side with the before and after. I absolutely love it and it is so much nicer than the last one I had and it was a fraction of the price.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.


Mandi xox

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20 comments:

  1. Great thrift store find (I love the thrift store!) and I love how it turned out!

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  2. Beautiful project! You are always so creative. <3

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    1. Thanks Rebecca :) I love to upcycle old things and make them new to me :)

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  3. I love how this came out so artsy and beachy!!

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  4. Amazing project. Love the before and after shot.

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  5. beautiful project!! love the color you have chosen...

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  6. Great job on your upcycle. It is your design so it fits you and its' new purpose. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Great way to upcycle, Mandi! I'm always on the outlook for crafty project items at the thrift stores. Thanks for sharing this creative idea!

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    1. Thanks Cynthia I love thrift stores :)

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  8. You're box is just lovely and would be perfect for one of your stamped stones!

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    1. Ha thanks Mary Anne I did not even think of that! Maybe I will make a collection and keep them inside :)

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  9. Love your altered box! Great colors.

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  10. You did an amazing job altering this box! Very pretty!

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  11. Awesome box for oils, Mandi. It is beautiful and the price is just as nice. :)

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