I love turning junk or broken items into something pretty and usable. This Shabby Victorian Box is one of those projects.
This box came from an antique sewing machine cabinet that I have. Unfortunately the sewing machine cabinet rolled down the ramp of the moving truck and into the street when I was moving. The entire piece will need to be up-cycled. This box was attached to the inside door. I removed it and turned it into this shabby box that will now hold goodies in my jewelry studio. I always need more storage and why shouldn’t it be cute?
Vintage Raw Brass Stamping
Americana Décor Chalky Finish Paint ~ Whisper & Carbon
Americana Matte Spray
Fine Sand Paper
1. Clean the box to remove any dirt and grime. Make sure the wood is completely dry before moving on to next steps. Wash the brass stamping with warm water and dish soap to remove all traces of machine oil. Dry completely with towel.
2. Place the brass stamping on the front of the box. You may need to bend the brass piece with your hands to insure it lays flat on the box. Add glue to the back of the stamping and place on the front of the box. Make sure it is center. Set aside to dry.
3. Once glue is dry, paint the entire piece with the Carbon paint color. Set aside to dry according to manufacture instructions.4. Next using your fingers apply a small amount of petroleum jelly were you would like the Carbon paint color to show. Since this is a small box, smaller areas are best.
5. Paint the entire piece with Whisper paint. Don’t brush over the areas with the petroleum jelly too many times. *I find it helpful to clean my paint brush once I go over the jelly in order to not spread it to other areas of the project. Set the piece aside to dry.
6. Using light sandpaper, lightly go over the areas where you placed the petroleum jelly. You will be able to tell because there will be “spots” on the paint. Continue to sand around the edges and on the brass piece to achieve your desired worn look.
7. Seal the piece with Americana Matte Spray to protect the finish.
This was a fun project. When I finish up-cycling the rest of the antique sewing machine cabinet, I will post it here on my blog. I am undecided on what I want to do with it. I have seen cute ideas on Pinterest and I am still researching it for the perfect makeover.
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