We are back for another edition of The Thrift Store Upcycle Décor Challenge. A group of bloggers take an object and make it pretty. Painting a wooden photo box for a new look was my project. Last month I showed you my favorite thrift store aisle.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled – Yami | The Latina Next Door
Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home – Jennifer | Cookies Coffee and Crafts
Deborah | Salvage Sister & Mister – Jeanie | Create and Babble
Gail | Purple Hues and Me – Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Denise | My Thrifty House – Sue | A Purdy Little House
Marie | The Inspiration Vault – Michelle | Michelle James Design
The box is fake cherry in a card catalog look. That is what drew me to it. Except the cherry had to go. It needs to be lighter looking.
I took it all apart to make it easier to work on. When I do something like that I put all of the little screws and hinges in a plastic bag or jar to keep all of the pieces together.
After that, the box was cleaned with Murphy’s Oil Soap. It only needed freshening up. Even though it is a fake I didn’t want to take a chance with bleed through. The box was primed with primer I used when I repainted the den from a deep burgundy to a lighter color. We all had those days, didn’t we?
The next decision was to decide on a color. White is popular so I decide on white for the outside. But the interior had to pop. That is when I thought the beachy blue we all know and love is a perfect choice.
Starting with the inside, I give it 2 coats of paint mixed with Poppies’ Furniture Paint Powder. Sanding in between coats gives it a smooth to the touch feel. The process was repeated on the outside with the white paint, also mixed with Poppies’ Furniture Paint Powder. The exception is the outside got 3 coats of paint.
When I sanded in between the coats of paint I used a sanding sponge wrapped in sandpaper. The sponge has the flexibility to get in those tight spots.
Once I was done painting I was ready to put it all back together. But I couldn’t sell it with nothing in the little card catalog holders or where the display picture goes.
I got out some scrapbook paper I had and selected 2 coordinating patterns. It was cut to size and then I put it all back together.
Even though I do love a cherry finish on furniture I really like the light color, Do you think painting a wooden photo box for a new look was a good idea?
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Materials and Supplies
Photo Box Poppies Paint Powder
Coordinating Scrapbook Paper Paint
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