First off, thanks so much for all of your comments on Friday. If you haven’t already commented, you have until Wednesday to leave a comment on that post (not this one) to be eligible for the giveaway.
I was really surprised that Bessie the cow was such a fan favorite. I never thought that one would get so many votes! And I was especially happy to hear that so many of you enjoy seeing these smaller projects, and also that so many of you really appreciated seeing 5 days of posts. So guess what? I decided to do it again!
I thought about it and realized I have five more things completed that I could post about. Much like last week, none of them are earth shattering revelations, but I hope you guys will enjoy them nonetheless.
I’m starting out today with the simple wooden crate that is front and center in this photo that I shared last week …
I have to tell you guys, it was from the ‘free pile’ at a garage sale. I’m sure the person getting rid of it thought no one in their right mind would want some dirty, paint splattered old wooden crate.
But I knew I could paint it up and turn it into something special.
I started by cleaning it well. Maybe I should elaborate on that process today. In the summer I like to pile all of my dirty finds (hmmm, that sounds a little off, doesn’t it?) in the yard. Then I bring out a small table that I often use to paint on because it’s just the right height for working standing up. Next I bring out the Dawn Powerwash Dish Spray (and by the way, this post is in no way sponsored by Dawn, I just love this stuff).
Have any of you guys tried it? I especially like the Apple scent. This product is the perfect solution for us. We don’t have a dishwasher, so we like to keep up on the dishes by washing them as we go. We rarely have enough dirty dishes at one time to require a sink full of soapy water. Instead we just spray, wipe and rinse and we’re done. Easy peasy.
I’ve also found that it works really well for washing up my garage sale finds. I put an item up on the table, spray it with the Powerwash, scrub it down with a scrub brush and then hose it off. I do this on sunny days so that I can then set each item out in the sunshine to dry off.
Washing years of someone else’s dirt and grime off of things has never been one of my favorite parts of what I do, but this makes it much easier. Plus the grease fighting properties of dish soap are beneficial for items that are going to be painted as well.
OK, so I washed the box and let it dry thoroughly (it was a few days before I got around to painting it). Then I painted just one quick coat of Dixie Belle’s Sea Glass. I didn’t even try to get full coverage because my plan was to sand it back quite a bit anyway.
I wanted it to look clean, but not freshly painted. As though that could be an original, old paint job.
Next I pulled out some left over bits of the Cosmic Rose transfer from re.design with prima (if you’re keeping track, I used part of it on a bed and then another section on a re-sized drawer, and I’ll probably get one more small project out of it after this as well). I cut and rearranged various sections of the transfer to fit my box. For example, I cut the “Spring Flowers” bit out separately and applied that to the bottom.
Then I centered the floral section on the front of the box and wrapped the excess around the sides.
Once the transfer was applied, I sanded over it lightly with 220-grit sand paper to give it some age as well. Then I added a topcoat of clear wax.
The inside of the box was a little stained, so I lined it with some more of my favorite October Afternoon scrapbook paper.
It was the perfect color to match the Sea Glass.
So, there you have it. Another super simple makeover using paint and a transfer.
Eventually this will be going to Reclaiming Beautiful to sell. I won’t be making it in there this week, but maybe the following week.
In the meantime, if you’re local, I’m always willing to sell items to people who can pick them up. I apologize to all of you who live further afield, but I just hate shipping things!
As always, thanks to Dixie Belle Paint Co for providing the paint and to re.design with prima for providing the transfer for this project.
If you’re looking for Dixie Belle products you can find them here.
I don’t typically add the small items to my ‘available for local sale’ page, but I will start doing that just in case anyone is interested. So if you are local and in need of a fabulous wooden box, check out my ‘available for local sale‘ page.