I’m painting more metal boxes. It’s so quick and easy, and I love the results. I picked up a couple of them while thrifting recently.
I painted the larger one in Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg, and the smaller in her Florence.
Then I doctored them up with some more rub-ons. The numbers are Tim Holtz, and the faux vintage labels are 7 Gypsies. I just adore the one I used on the top of the smaller box.
And I added some pretty October Afternoon scrapbook paper inside.
And the French labels on the bigger box are kind of fab as well.
I doctored up the top of the bigger box also.
I don’t know about you, but I prefer storing things in pretty containers. These boxes would be perfect for storing all kinds of things; craft supplies, tax records (gack!), your make up, old photos. Both of these boxes have keys, so you could always lock up your most precious belongings, whatever they might be.
Here are some tips for you if you plan to paint some metal boxes of your own. First of all, sand lightly before you paint. I know that chalk paint aficionado’s say you don’t have to, but it just takes a minute and it helps remove any residues that might affect the paint. Next, water your chalk paint down. Way down. You won’t get the brush strokes if your paint is really thinned out. Take a closer look at my photos. I watered down the Florence, but didn’t water down the Duck Egg. You can see brush strokes in the Duck Egg, but none in the Florence. That did mean that I needed two coats of Florence, and only one of Duck Egg, but I think it’s worth it to get rid of those brush strokes. Especially on metal. Next time I’ll be sure to water down all of my colors.
I finished by sanding and then adding clear wax. I followed the clear wax with some dark wax on the smaller box. Then I added the rub-ons.
Makes for a simple project you can handle in an afternoon. But if you don’t want to tackle it yourself, these lovely boxes will be available at my sale in June unless someone snaps them up sooner.