Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend 🙂 My sweet husband and I ran into one estate sale and one thrift store on Friday–you’ll see those vintage finds soon. On Saturday, the poor guy had to go to work, so I took advantage of the “alone” time and worked on an eBook I hope to publish soon. It’s going to be filled with great [I hope!] vintage insights and is loaded with all kinds of photos of various vintage objects. I’ll have more on that in the upcoming weeks and months. Yesterday morning was filled with good teaching and sweet fellowship with our church family. Today, I have a simple, almost Shaker-style project for you. Hope you enjoy!
Are you bored with simple little paint makeovers yet? I don’t do a lot of planning related to the projects I produce–I just go where the wind blows, and lately it’s been blowing a lot of small, vintage wooden things my way, like this display piece. I call it a candle box.
A truly old candle box would be worth a great deal of money, but this orange-y example dates to the 1970’s or 80’s. I particularly liked the shape of the back board and thought it had potential.
I decided on a Valspar sample in Satin Frappe for the makeover. It’s a very pretty beige with no greenish tinge whatsoever. If you’ve ever wonder why I paint so many projects in neutral taupe and beige, it’s because they sell best, and this is a business for me. Every now and then I get adventurous and use a more exotic color, and while I’m always thrilled with the results, the items simply don’t sell as quickly as those painted in more neutral tones.
With no surface preparation, other than a wet sponging, one coat of Frappe did the trick. Once dry, I sanded all of the edges and corners to give it a truly vintage look.
Notice the little dents and scratches still remain, as do the brush strokes, all of this adds to the aged look of the piece.
I chose to add a simple stencil to the front of the “box” and am so pleased with the result. I used a combo of two decorative stencils I had on hand.
Using acrylic craft paint and a dense, makeup sponge, I applied two coats of paint to the stencil to make the design really stand out.
I added similar stenciling to a dresser I worked on last year.
I popped a couple of faux boxwood plants into the box, but you could add anything you like. How about candles? Or old wooden mercantile spools, or a collection of vintage bottles. What would you display?
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