Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Now THIS was a project!

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Have you ever had a treasure that you have hoarded for a long while because you have THE PERFECT transformation in mind for it? That was me with this cutie little art deco blanket box! This was given to me in hopes that I could save it from the dump! When it was offered to me I was thrilled because I could see the potential in this strange chest...I'm not sure about you guys, but I had never seen one like this before. So, let me show you what she started out like...

The chest was in perfect condition other than the top....that's where it became a bit of a write off. It had some extreme water damage to the point where most of the veneer was fact, it had a hole right through some parts of the veneer. I will admit, that this project was a little daunting at first but I chipped away and removed all of the loose veneer and went to work with my wood filler. I gave the whole lid a smoothing over with my trusty sander, added a wooden applique and then picked out some paint colours for the layers. Oh and some french lettering to dress it up! Then it came out like this....

You wasn't bad, but I wasn't totally impressed with how it was turning out. After seeing the french lettering on, I decided that it really didn't fit the style of the piece, so I opted to repaint the whole thing...again. I went in search of something linen or bedding related and came up with this vintage yarn card to add some wow factor to the lid of the chest.


I loved the bold lettering! I loaded this into my Silhouette and got to work :)

In the end the blanket chest was repainted twice which was more work than I originally anticipated, but when I started my distressing the many layers of paint came to the surface so beautifully! In total there are 6 different shades of Annie Sloan Chalk Paints and both clear and dark waxes on this. I used Antibes, Duck Egg and Old White and then mixed some lighter shades of these paints on some of the layers.

Because the inside of the chest was still in pristine condition, I just gave it a bit of a cleaning and left it alone. What a beautiful grain it has!

I really think that this was the perfect transformation for her. Now this old girl can shine again in someones house and see many more years of use. I shuddered to think of her potentially ending up in a landfill somewhere and am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to re-invent her :D

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  1. I love this transformation! It is so pretty and unusual - you turned it into a beautiful piece! Wishing you a good weekend. xo Karen

  2. You did a fabulous job. Really nice.

  3. WOW! What a gorgeous job you made of this. Wish it were mine, it really is beautiful.


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