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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Show Us What You're Workin' With #13!!

I have a super cute project for you today, it's one of my favorites that I've done in quite a while. Here we go ...


I started with this box that I got at the thrift store for $.99. The flowers are H-I-D-E-O-U-S but the box was in great shape and it was too good of a deal to pass up. It sat in my craft room for a few weeks because I didn't really know what I wanted to do with it. The one day it came to me!!! My dad had just made-over my closet and there was a box of sheetrock compound on the floor. I took the box to the craft room along with a putty knife and went to town.


I loaded up the knife and spread it on the box, right over the ugly flowers. I didn't take any closeups pics though ... I don't know why.


I didn't want a smooth look so I left the texture, just like you would if you were texturizing a wall.


For the front of the box I gooped the stuff on and then pressed the knife against it and then lifted it up *** does that make sense? *** It left these little peaks all over. Now the box was covered it has to dry for quite some time. I waited 2 days just to make sure, but just follow the instructions on the box. I took some sandpaper to the peaks on the front of the box just to make sure they weren't sharp and it left some nice texture. I painted the whole box with Antique White and let it dry completely.


Once the paint was dry I painted a brown glaze over each side and the front and then wiped it off with a damp rag.



I made sure to not wipe the glaze out of the divots and holes. I just kept wiping until I got the look I wanted.




I didn't paint the inside of the box ... I totally forgot all about it :) So, I cut a piece of blue fabric that I had leftover from my jewelry holder, and glued it to the inside.


I used a bit more of that blue fabric, some burlap, and another fabric from the jewelry holder to make these 3 little rosettes and hot glued them to the corner of the box.


Here she is all finished and on a shelf in my closet. I am in love with the end result and for $.99 I love it even more!!

Now it's time to party!!!












17 comments:

  1. Oh wow! Your box came out great. Way to think outside the box. Ha ha ha!

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  2. Very original! It turned out great!

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  3. I am new this week! Thanks for hosting a great party. I host a party on saturday if you would like to join in. www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

    love your blog and decided to follow along
    Have a great day

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  4. LOVE your parties! so many darling ideas!

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  5. Thanks for hosting - love to see what other's are doing

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  6. I LOVE how that turned out, it's awesome! Thank for hosting this, I'm new to this link party :)

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  7. Thanks for hosting Jessica. Have a great day!
    Al @ http://almcleary.com/blog/

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  8. I'm new to your blog and decided to join your linking party! Thanks for hosting!

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  9. LOVE that box! It's amazing the transformation, Great job!

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  10. Thanks for hosting a great party again!!! Love the BIGGER photos so much!!! Have a great week!!
    Barb

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  11. Wow!! I don't think I would have ever thought of that! It turned out soo great!

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  12. What a fabulous idea to use the compound on the box for texture! I think it is very adorable and love the cute little fabric flowers in the corner. Oh, and your little guy in the background is jut adorable. He looks like he is very busy :)
    I gave you the Trendy Treehouse award http://www.lifeonpossomtrot.com/2010/05/did-you-know-i-was-trendy.html

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  13. I love your blog! Come check out my sister sister linky party on Sunday sometime...

    Amanda
    http://blog.kuzakscloset.com/

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  14. Hey Jess,
    CUTE! What a fun idea. Way to cover up those flowers! I don't think I would have thought to do that. Great job!
    P.S. I got your email! Thanks=)

    Jennie

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  15. Thanks so much for hosting! This is my first time to link up with you! :) So excited!

    Have a super week!

    Erin
    craftsandsutch.blogspot.com

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