Friday, July 1, 2011

Chalk Painted Wood Box

I feel like I've been working on a million things and finishing nothing.  I haven't posted in almost two weeks I am going through withdrawals.

Totally not on my list of to-do's was this wood box.

I ordered some chalk paint because I just couldn't resist the hype.  I have a coffee table I want to paint and I don't want to prime or sand so I was intrigued.  I decided to try it out on this box first.

It is good stuff.  The way it distresses is so beautiful.  It is all that and a bag of chips just like every one says.

I mean look at that distressed goodness.

I found this chippy rusty handle at a salvage store for $.25. perfect finishing touch.

I wanted the design to be personalized so it took me over a week to decide on something.  I wanted it to look like an old wine crate.  Charli is our Dog/child, I love me some Merlot, and 1992 is the year I met my husband although we didn't get married until quite a bit later.....  I used the transfer method.  I scribbled pencil on the back of my images then traced them onto the box and then filled it in with paint using a small artist brush.   For the Chateau I found an image through Google and enlarged it.  I used a dark brown colored pencil for that.  Then I sanded over everything and finished with one coat of wax. I used Minwax because that's what I have and it changed the color a bit.


I like it.  My husband likes it.  I finished something. All's good.   

Have Happy Fourth of July! 

edited to add: questions? I posted about details here

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  1. Great transformation--love the graphics! I'm your newest follower.

  2. Its gorgeous, you did an amazing job. I've never tried that transfer method but it sure looks great. I may have to try it too.

  3. You did a fabulous job with it!
    The paint is perfect for this type of project.

  4. Sandi @ Making It Homey said... It turned out great. I love seeing how everyone's chalk paint projects turn out. I get so many great idea's. Thanks

  5. This could not possibly be any prettier. You did an amazing job...I love it!


  6. Wow! This is beautiful ... so creative. And, the design is fabulous! I'm addicted to chalk paint, too! *Becca* (your newest follower)

  7. Beautiful stuff, woman! Can you please expand on how you got the image enlarged? I'm looking to do something similar to this and would definitely love to share photos with you.

    For the transfer method, what do you really need besides pencil. Sorry, I', quite ignorant regarding this.

  8. Love the graphic! It turned out great! I can't believe you used a colored pencil for the image. I would never have thought of that!

  9. I love it and cool about the labradors are the babies as well.))

  10. Wow - I just love this, Mimi! It's beautiful! I've been just aching to get some of that magical chalk paint! I love the way you used pencil as carbon paper, too. Very clever! How did you enlarge the lettering to fit the box? Great job - and have a great weekend!

    xoox laurie

  11. This is so gorgeous! I love the writing and that awesome handle for $.25!!! I am your newest follower from Furniture feature Friday. Hope you can visit me sometime soon.

  12. love the chest and i would love to feature it on my next revival monday, please let me know if this is ok with you

  13. Wowzers! I love it!! I have an old trunk I might just do this to. Great job.

  14. Oh my! This is gorgeous!! Came over from CG, and I'm happily following you :)

  15. Love it!!! I guess I have to join the crowd :-) So where did you order your paint from?

  16. This is gorgeous! Can you explain the transfer method in more detail? I guess you mean that the pencil on back of the images transfers a pattern once you trace the letters from the front side? How/where did you get your (personalized) image for the writing? Sorry, I'm not as crafty as you are, but I would love to this with an old trunk in my attic.

  17. Oh I love it It turned out gorgeous. You did such a great job. Hugs, Marty

  18. Absolutely beautiful! What a great transformation.

  19. Wow I just love your trunk I want one!!!!!

  20. Mimi! It's beautiful! catching you again!


  21. Really neat project! Congratulations on your win at Restore Interiors!

  22. This is so beautiful. I would love for you to answer the questions that the other person had about enlarging or transferring. That would be so helpful and a useful way to use the blog! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Candy, I posted about that in a follow up post here


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