Friday, November 7, 2014

Chalk Paint Before & After: From Retro to Renaissance

Earlier this year, I blogged about this retro plastic sewing storage/jewelry box, made by Lerner.

Did I really say it would be a treat to not have to design any graphics on this? Well, what replaced the time-consuming effort of designing, was the time-consuming painting of each and every raised design.....Oy.

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I love how it turned out, but no matter what order it was painted in, it was very labor-intensive.

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The base coat is Tiffany blue chalk paint, and the scrolls were painted a warm Ivory, then topped with Creme. Then to really give it the royal treatment, I accented it with a very high-pigment metallic gold. I then sealed with clear and dark wax.

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I love how the original texture was meant to mimic wood grain, because the dark wax really enhanced that.

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The interior of the drawers was craptastic red velveteen, so I stripped them and added gorgeous Italian art paper. The scrolled design was just made for this piece!


I really don't know for sure if this piece was made for sewing or jewelry, but it's now a beauty for displaying.

Well, Christmas projects are waiting, so I'd better get to it! 

TTFN, Maria

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3 comments:

  1. Wow! I love how you used contrasting paint colors to highlight the intricate accent pieces. And I"m a sucker for anything turquoise. Beautiful!

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  2. What an amazing transformation, I love the color and all the detail! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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  3. I have this very box, and was looking for ideas to transform it when I found your blog. I absolutely love what you did. Very inspirational!

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