How to Rescue a Vintage Box with Paint & a Stencil
The spring blue compliments the bird-on-a-branch stencil perfectly.
Before its transformation, the box had a distinct 80’s vibe to it.
I decided to paint over all that stain and strawberries, and then apply this new Hobby Lobby stencil that I bought recently for just $1.99.
I went with “Serene” blue by Americana Decor paint.
I gave it two coats of the paint and let it dry overnight. Then I used my new trick–a makeup sponge–to apply the stencil with black acrylic craft paint.
Next, I distressed the edges with some fine sand paper, and applied a coat of Minwax paste wax. For those of you who may never have used paste wax, it’s super simple. Following the directions, apply a thin, even coat using a lint-free cloth (I use cheesecloth). Let the wax sit for about 10-15 minutes, then buff it using a separate, lint-free cloth.
Buffing is the process of rubbing the wax into the surface until you begin to see a soft sheen appear. Tap it with your fingernail and you will discover that you’ve just created a lovely, hard surface with a soft, natural appearance.
I’ve read that it’s good to reapply wax every year or so. Depending on the size and intricacy of a piece, it’s generally not a huge job to apply one coat of wax. I’m still learning about the whole process myself.
I do know, it is not recommended that you use spray wax (like Johnson’s) on waxed furniture, just a damp cloth or feather-type duster.
I plan to take this piece to the Shaker Craft Fair this coming Christmas. I think it’s perfect for recipe cards or how about treats for the children or grandchildren?
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This is so cute! I have an old wooden box I may just have to try this on!!
Oh, how lovely!
Very cute and I love the color.
So simple but so cute. Another great DIY!
I love this idea!
So cute! And it turned out beautifully. How do you like the Americana Decor Chalk Paint?
Love that sweet stencil.. I have used Minwax for decades and I am always pleased with the result. Try using a soft synthetic sponge (no holes). I also store my rag or sponge in the can to keep them moist.
Oh what a sweet redo….I love your version so much better