I was really excited about this project when I first started it but, it proved to be one of the most frustrating ones I've done in a long time.
This little sewing box is quite old. My mother had one just like it that she used but this is not that one. I bought this one many decades ago and had thought I should just leave it as it was but it really had no personality and the wood was in need of redoing as it had some stains and spots on it. Then I saw a Sewing logo on The Graphics Fairy and knew I had to put it on this box.
I love the finished product but getting to this point was not without it's moments. I do not have in between pics I'm sorry to say. But that may be just as well. It was not a pretty sight at times.
I painted the entire box with my DIY white chalk paint in Valspar Anthem White. Then I traced the logo on with black graphite paper. I then painted the tracing with black Sharpie paint pens. So far so good and I am loving it. But.....then I decided it needed a little antiquing to give it some personality. I should have stopped because it just plain got ugly after that. I am not a newbie to antiquing with glaze but for some reason this time it was not going as I had planned. I wish I had a pic but it was too painful to take. So I decided to go over it with just a dry brush of the white to tone down the antiquing. Well, that didn't help - and in fact, it looked worse. So hubby said just let it sit for a while and maybe it will grow on you. I let it sit -for a month and... Let me tell you the only thing it did was just look worse. The only thing left was to repaint it. Thank goodness paint is so forgiving or I would have a lot of botched projects.
And so my dear little box got another makeover and this is how she looks now. Sans the antiquing because I just could not go through that again. After repainting I gave her a light sanding and then waxed her. I think she is adorable now.
She is going to look perfect next to my sewing table. How about you... have you ever had a supposedly simple project turn in to the most frustrating project ever? Even when you were using tried and true techniques? I would love to hear from you -your comments make my day. I answer all comments through email.
Until next time - create something you love.
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