…a little paint, some glaze and a brad can make.
Do you remember this?
I showed you it last week. I picked it up at an antique store, it was $9.00. I told you it wasn't old cause it had a Ross sticker on the back, but I loved it and I could see its potential.
Well today, its potential blossomed, and you won't believe how great it looks. I'm a little biased.
You know I'm gonna drag it out right? That's just me. Ha!
So I took my blue green desktop doohickie outside. I put an old Christmas plastic tablecloth on top of the picnic table in the back yard, I learned from leaving a spray mark on the side walk from shabby-ing up my frame. I had picked up some Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Satin Heirloom White spray paint about a month ago. So I knew I would use it, there was no way I was gonna try to use a brush on all those bumps, plus getting inside was gonna be tricky. I sanded it down with a sanding block before I painted it, not like to get the blue green off, but just to rough it up a bit, and to remove any gunk from stickers.
So this is what it looked like after I spray painted it with the Heirloom White. I almost left it like this as I really liked how it turned out, but I knew the glaze would make the molding stand out.
Look how cool the front molding looks painted up. I dug the ugly green bead out of the center, I had other plans.
So then I added my glaze, and rubbed and brushed and rubbed and brushed and got it to where I liked it. It makes it look so cool .
What a dork I am..this is added after my original post. I told you the spray paint name and forgot to say the glaze. So at Home Depot I guess they don't sell ready made glazes, so I got a glaze and the paint separate and I mixed them. So the glaze is Behr Premium Plus with style Faux Glaze and the paint color I mixed with it is Blanket Brown. That just was the closest I could get to a cabinet I liked the look of at the store. I have heard that other stores sell like a glaze that is already colored. But anyway, I mixed it 4 parts glaze to 1 part paint. Then I stirred it up. I applied it to the piece after it was dry, with a brush then rubbed it around and actually you are wiping a lot off, with an old t-shirt of Jeff's. I also used a dry brush in the cracks to take the glaze out. Oh and I also added a bit of water to the glaze mixture and sometimes I took a wet paper towel and used that too as it keeps the glaze a little wetter longer. I would just practice first.
Here are the other two molding pieces, I didn't even realize they were different.
This one looks like a stack of leaves.
This one has leaves and a flower in the center.
So here is some before and after pictures, I love doing those.
Before, I tried to get the pictures at the same angle.
Before, I cleaned and washed it out as best I could, it had pen marks and dust and stuff in it.
After, don't look super close, this was only my second time doing anything like this, and it ain't perfect. I think if I put pencils in the front I want to find a little cup to put in there so it does not get all marked up.
Before with the ugly green bead.
After, with the gorgeous new jewel
Remember I said I was going to remove the green bead and add a pearl? Well the pearls were too small and I thought an antique brad would look so much better. I was right eh? I cut the little legs off the back and I hot glued it in place.
It looks beautiful doesn't it? The little bumps of the brad mimic the bumps of the molding that surrounds it. I can say I had it all planned, but really it just ended up coming together. Sheer luck. I totally am no professional and the job is not perfect, but I love it and can hardly wait to put it on my desk with my catalogs in it. I want it to sit over night before I put anything in it. So not a bad deal for $9.00 and some paint eh? It probably took me maybe three hours at most to do, with drying times in between coats and all that. It was beautiful out today so it was the perfect day to do it. The girls serenaded me as I did it.
Well since I got to bed unbelievably late last night I am going to say nightie night now. I hope you enjoyed seeing my fun adventure from today.
Have an awesome Wednesday and thanks for stopping in!
You did a wonderful job. It looks TERRIFIC!! Thanks for sharing. What kind of glaze did you use?
I think you did a great job!
it lovely Di! You did an awesome job!!
You could fold tissues im the bottom of the sections so pens don't mark it maybe..thats what I do with cups.
Can't wait to see the final show and tell of the studio!!
Carey Rogers says
It turned out fantastically. I love it. What is the glaze that you are using? I have to get me somma dat. I have a darling mirror (I think I got it at Ross when I lived in CA) that could use painting. Originally what I did was just buff the high points with a dull gold gel type of paint. It turned out good but I want it great like yours. You talented thing you and getting the girls to seranade you at the same time. Lucky thing.
Carey and Roscoe
Lisa Schipritt says
Nice job Di…..boy would I like you to come to RI to check out our shops for goodies!!!!
Wow! It's hard to believe it's the same desk caddy. It looks fantastic!
Jacqui Lines says
It looks great. Make sure you take a picture of it again with all the goodies in it you are gonna store in it.
Dee in N.H. says
Yay! That came out awesome! Great job with the glaze and the brad is perfect. I just love stuff like that! great find.
Joy Phillips says
I love it! What kind of glaze did you use?
Elin K. says
Too funny! I bought the exact same one from Ross, but mine was already white with a dark glaze! I love it as a bill sorter. Mine does not have a central embellishment, so I am still searching for the perfect one.
Thanks for sharing – I'm a new follower and I love your blog!
You did a fantastic job on your box! I love it, and I know you will have fun filling it up with all sorts of goodies.
Cindy Dicks says
Oh my gosh Diana, this is beautiful!! I LOVE the finished look and the antique brad is PERFECT! GREAT JOB 🙂
mary jo says
You did a fantastic job!! Doesn't look like the same piece. You are multi-talented Di and I so enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for sharing. MJ
Juliana Bibas says
Wow! I love it! I'm in the process of planning a living room redo so I'm gravitating toward cool decor items!
On a completely unrelated note, my Eclipse DVD came in the mail yesterday–a very very late birthday present (because I couldn't just let that Target gift card get used for ordinary stuff like toothpaste…)! Yippie!
What kind of glaze did you use? This looks great! I really like the dimension that it has after the glaze was applied.
You did an awesome job!!! I love stuuff like this. I have a similar box that is plastic woodgrain. I wonder if I could shabby it up with the spray paint for plastic furniture. Can't wait to see it in your room, filled with stuff. You mighy try looking for a clear plastic floral liner to put in the section for your pens. Maybe something in the grocery deli section would work too.
Wonderful work on that $9 box!
I absolutely love your blog with your stories of the chicken eggs, antique finds, the card ideas you share, tv programs that you watch, and just whatever is on your mind.
Thought I would finally let you know that I sit over here in Ohio and just chuckle sometimes.
Thanks for sharing all that you do. You truly have a very enjoyable blog.
Susan S says
Fantastic job Diana! You are the bomb!
Wow, that is so cool! I would have bought it for 9 bucks too! Love your transformation!
Great Work Di.
You did a fabulous job, Di! Can't wait to see a pic of it holding stuff and catties on your desk.
Patrice Herrera says
What an absolutely beautiful finished piece for your desk Lovely!!!!!
Lisa S. says
Beautiful transformation. I'm not a vintage type of gal, but this is AWESOME.