Today's topic from Sunday's, blog everyday for May, is to share a 'how to'. I had something else I was going to share, but then this box all but fell into my lap late last week. I knew right away I was going to do something with it, but what? Thinking cap was on over the weekend.
Story behind the box? The box is from my Ninny and Pa's house. They recently moved and boxes of odds and ends kept coming home with mum. A lot of them, things that my brother, sister and I often played with as kids, bringing back so many memories. Things like monkeys in a barrel, plastic farm animals, the itty bitty bins. Heidi and Chloe think they are rad and they are now in their play room. When Heidi showed me the wooden box that she found, that stored all our old pencils from Ninny and Pa's, and I seen the inside, I knew I wanted it, I knew I wanted to give it a new look.
This box has my brother's handwriting inside and because my brother has passed, I didn't want to go over it. Shane would sign something that was mine, with his name and basketball number, I would crack it, he would tell me it would be worth something one day and he did me a favour... It's worth so much more.
I am sure if you know my blog and my style you wont be suprrised by my colour or 'shade' choice for this project. The inspiration for this came from this pattern by Rachel, that happens to be a free download, OH YEAH, awesome, here.
First I gave it a light sanding. This is something I don't often bother with, but as the text on it happens to be slightly raised, I thought it wouldn't hurt. First coat, black. Left to dry. Then another coat of black, just to be sure. Again left to dry. I am using craft paint and it dries rather quickly. But the best thing is you can walk away and come back.
I didn't paint the bottom. Reason being is to leave something on it that was the original design. Next I am adding the white stripes.
End result? I really, really like it. Now to decide if I want to use it in my craftroom at home or my office for work supplies, mmmmm.