My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1215: Fin.

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-10-2014 01:23 PM 1463 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made the best of yesterday and surprisingly got a bit accomplished. The five little bunnies are hippity-hopping their way to New Jersey to the offices of Creative Woodworks and Crafts to be photographed for their article. I lovingly packed them and their carrots up and I HOPE they all arrive safely. We shall see . . .

I also finished up the transformation of the “Ugly Box Project” that I started over the weekend. I want to emphasize that what is important when doing projects such as this is to be certain to allow ample time for the layers of paint, etc. to DRY PROPERLY! I am a bit embarrassed to tell you how many projects I have ruined by rushing the drying process or not allowing enough time for things to CURE. (I lost count!) I find that when doing projects of this nature, it is far best to do them along side another project so that you can be distracted and do other things and not just think of the task at hand. It makes it far easier to allow things the proper cure time and the results is much better. Trust me on this one!

I have lots of step-by-step pictures, so without further delay, here we go . . .

I re-installed the hardware on the box. While that sounds like a minor task, it actually took quite a while. The original hardware had round head Phillips screws and while I looked for some nice brass screws in my neighborhood, I was unable to locate them. I had used the DecoArt Gloss Enamel paint on the faces of all the hardware pieces, and I allowed them to dry overnight AND baked them in a 350 degree oven for about half an hour to help harden and cure the paint. I am sure it will harden further over time, but I didn’t want to scratch it up during the installation process. I used a brownish color (Rich Espresso) and a deer foot stippler brush to tap on the paint and give it a bit of texture. It looked pretty cool I thought.

I really loved all the hardware that came with this box! Remember folks – this was a SHIPPING box that was sent with a sub woofer speaker that Keith had bought a couple of years ago. This was just the packaging for the sub that was intended to be discarded. It is cool that a company would put so much into the packaging of a product.

The satin black inside of the box looked great I thought. The DecoArt Multi-Surface Satin paint looks just fabulous! It needed no sealer and dried to a beautiful and DURABLE satin finish. This will stand up to the use of the box nicely!

One thing that I didn’t want to keep the same was the bottom of the box. The metal corners would cause it to scratch any surface that it would be on. (Not cool!) So I left the screws off the bottom:

And I cut some black felt pads for the feet. I cut two for each corner and used the extra strong glue and a glue gun and glued the two layers of pads into place. I felt that the glue itself would also pad the bottom feet of the box.

I think it looks very nice and very finished, and the bottom is now soft and won’t scratch anything.

I then wanted to touch up the tops of the screws, as they were still silver and bright. I daubed a bit of the DecoArt Gloss Enamel paint over each of the screws:

I will probably add another coat of paint over the screws in another day or so, but for now, I think the box looks wonderful!

It was quite a transformation!

My only problem now is where to put it. I initially found it on the bottom of my bedroom closet floor and I thought that I would store my new Chalky Finish Paint in it there. But the box came out so cool looking, I don’t want to put it away!

I also had news yesterday that these paints are available in CANADA! I have had so many people ask me about them this past week and I was thrilled to hear that they are being sold not only by Home Depot in the United States, but now by a company called Stockade here in Canada. Stockade has a great reputation and should serve you well.

I hope you enjoyed this little transformation. I had fun showing you. I love working with new products and I am very happy with the results of those that I used here. I think it is amazing what a little paint and some thought can do to make something ugly into something beautiful.

I wish you all a happy, happy Friday! :)

Today’s Featured Product

SLDK205 Filigree Heart Ornaments by Keith Fenton

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 01-10-2014 02:50 PM

That is most certainly QUITE the transformation on that box!

It almost seems like you’ve done this before….. ;-)

Very good idea applying felt to the bottom – I have to remember that!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 01-10-2014 03:14 PM

Actually Bob – I haven’t done it much! I was kind of feeling out these products as I went along. Sink or swim you would all see what would happened. Fortunately, everything was pretty smooth and as you see, the outcome was very positive. I know you can’t “see” it, but the finish(es) on both types of paint are amazing. The outside of the box is a beautiful, soft ultra-matte finish and the inside of the box is a hard and easy-to-clean satin. Very durable for the inside. I don’t expect any chipping or pitting will occur. I have used the Multi-Surface Satin paint on other small items and I can attest to its durability. I see now they are offering it in 8oz bottles (black and white only so far) and I am happy for this because it seems like a great “go-to” paint for basic projects. :)

Thank you for your input. Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 01-10-2014 05:57 PM

The hardware turned out beautifully Sheila. It really adds character to the box. I was looking back again over the process and admiring how your crackling came out so well. I did the crackle layer on my tote box last night and I need lots more practice! By the time I paint the rest of the decoration on, it will be passable and since it’s just for me, I chalk it up to a learning experience. I like the effect and will keep perfecting the process :)
Enjoy the day.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#4 posted 01-11-2014 04:04 AM

Your husband was probably right about this becoming a ‘make work’ project … but just look at the results! A lovely storage box you’ve created Sheila!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#5 posted 01-11-2014 12:15 PM

Anna – I found that using a THICK coat of crackle and a THICK coat of paint makes it really crack well. This is very unnatural for me, as I am referred to as a “light” painter. I also had to restrain myself and allow the crackle to dry enough before adding the light overcoat color. There were places where it was rather streaky (the clear crackle) and it looked as if it would NEVER dry, but I went and did something else and came back later. Then, when applying the cream colored top coat, I FULLY loaded the brush and quickly LAID the paint on top rather than back-and-forth brushing it. Even if I didn’t get completely from one end to the other on a single stroke, I could re-load and pick up where I left off and as you can see it blended beautifully. There are no stopping and starting points evident and the finish is very even. Try going thicker on both the crackle medium AND the top coat and see if that helps. It takes a couple of times trying sometimes to find your comfort zone. :)

Elaine – He likes it now. A LOT! LOL I love when he doubts me! It just makes me work harder to prove my point! ;)

Thank you both for your comments!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 01-11-2014 12:54 PM

All very kool. That box really came out nicely.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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