8/19/09

Transformation Thursday

I picked up this neat old soda box for $1 last summer at a yard sale. It has been kicking around my garage & backyard until I saw the cuteness of it once again. It had orange, lime green & brown felt glued in each box. Soooooo 1970's--- but for a buck, I couldn't pass it up. I'm pretty sure it held those gawd-awful owls in its hay-day~ I was going to stick skeins of yarn in it, or store paint cans in it..... Then I got a phone call from a gal I had met up at one of our local antique shows (I just happened to give her one of my business cards)... well, long story short, she invited me to share a table with her at an upcoming show in November. I've got time to get back to her while I ponder the idea.... just incase I decide to do it, I'm going to need staging items to contain all that neat small stuff.... So, I took this box and I painted the box with some watered down acrylic white paint... Then, I lined each small cubbie with old pages from a Sears robuck catalog. I used Mod podge to adhere each piece of paper, as well as one coat of Mod podge on top of each sheet as well. Once that was all dry, I went over each piece with clear varnish so that it wouldn't be sticky. When Mod podge dries it is tacky to the touch, sticky even!!-- and things will stick to it. Once the inside was finished...I tackled the outside. I painted a pink ovalish shape on each side then proceeded to paint a design on the box.GASP-- I am not a painter! but hey, that didn't stop me. I figured I'd give it a try and if it didn't turn out caute I'd paint over it. No biggy~ I drew a design on paper so that each side would match...I am soooooo matchy-matchy... I then used some dress makers transfer paper and copied the design onto the two larger sides and then made a smaller design for the two smaller sides. Then I just filled in the areas-- I picked out light colors so it wouldn't be sooooooooo noticeable if it looked really bad! Smart thinking huh? Then of course, I got nervous about the whole darn thing-- seeing how there are true talented painters out there that would laugh at my attempts at painting (pretty postive they would laugh!) sooooooooooo I went over the newly painted area with some sandpaper! Gosh darn it.... would you ever have guessed? I love it! You can view more transformations over at "Shabby Chic Cottage" and also over at "A Soft Place to Land" Kimba is hosting a "do it yourself" linky party. The Coloradolady is also hosting a Vintage Thingie Thursday. And last, but not least...Leigh over at "Tales From Bloggeritaville" is hosting a Thrifty Thursday linky party~

38 comments:

JobandBrittany said...

this turned out great!

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

Fabulous!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

You ARE Artsey FArtsey! WOW! That si awesome! Now what cah gonna put it in? Hang it? So cute! I wish I wouldve thoght of that! Now I;ll be on the lookout! Great find my friend!Thanks for linking up this week!
Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Chari said...

Hi Cheryl...

What an awesome wood box...I'd love to find some like that! Can't believe you gave only a dollar for it! It turned out fabulous!!! Love the old catalog pages that you put on the insides of each cubby...this really will be perfect for displaying things! Girl, you're painting turned out beautifully...I love it!!! You chose such a pretty design and such pretty colors!!! Great job!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Jenn Klee said...

That turned out gorgeous! I love how the sign turned out :)

Elizabeth said...

How pretty!

Coloradolady said...

Great idea, love it.Happy VTT.

Neabear said...

Hey! You did an awesome job on that. Looks so cool and Vintage too! This is my first visit to your blog and I enjoyed this post.
Happy Thursday!

~Linnea

knutsel Rein said...

Wonderful!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

look at the end result! just wonderful! love the hand painted sign! very creative of you! wonder what you gonna do with the box..

Marianne@Songbirdisnesting said...

I love the painting! Wish I could do that, but helas my drawings are not even a match for a six year old.

Kammy said...

Love your painting - keep it up !
I find it relaxing.....but, I know
we are always hardest on ourselves ! Love the newspaper accents too !
Kammy

Postcardy said...

That turned out really nice.

jennifer said...

That turned out SO WELL! Your painting was great!!

~~Carol~~ said...

Wow, great job covering so many parties in one post! I love how the soda box turned out! I've got a few of these kicking around in my basement, so this is definitely an option!

Jingle said...

That looks great! I love the text on the inside!

LV said...

You turned something old into something really pretty. You did a great job on the box.

Cheri Peoples said...

It looks amazing--Where did you find the crate?
I started a new KNOCK OFF KNOCK OUT party and I bet you have some things to put in the party-it's every Monday. I would love to have you submit this idea next Monday. I hope you come over and become a follower and subscribe and I will do the same.
Cheri
Its So Very Cheri

Cindy at PlantSomeRoots said...

What??? You say you're not a painter??? Sorry, but I'm afraid you are! Just darling!!!

NicNacManiac said...

WOW....fantastic!! The insides look amazing and what was it you were saying about not being a painter....you are too modest!!
Lovely!! Enjoy the rest of your day!

Kayleen said...

gotta love that mod podge!

Let it Shine said...

Looks adorable!!!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

What a great job! I love how it turned out! Cute name!

Debbie

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

i love your transformed soda box..very clever!

Suzy said...

Omg, i love it!!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

That is perfect! Love your "non-painter" ways -- you did a great job.

CC said...

Gorgeous..what a lovely project. Happy VTT..have a lovely weekend.
p.s. yes, you are a good painter..how I wish I was..

Dogwood said...

Too cute. I love it. Pink, pink and more pink. I am a new blogger and having so much fun. I will be back! Pink Dogwood Blossom

Lemondrop Marie said...

I can't believe what a little treasure that turned into! Artsy indeed!

mannequin said...

Hi Cheryl! I'm Cheryl!
What a great find. I found one awhile ago that was divided into fourths. Yours is prettier :)

I love what you did with it although I also love the look of just plain wood, don't you? The catalog pages as a backing is a very cool idea!
Congrats! It's art!

Crystal said...

FABulous!

I have a poll up on my blog about my BIGGEST decor dilemma. Come on over and vote, I need all the help I can get!

http://imnomartha.blogspot.com/2009/08/first-poll-ever-to-paint-or-not-to.html

Kathi Fly said...

It looks great! I like the font that you used and the color combination. Very Nice!!

Ruby said...

Very cool post!

Keetha Broyles said...

And looky there! You learned something new - - - you ARE a painter!

Pam said...

Now how cute was that? Nice.
Pam

Lacy said...

what? you're not a painter? you would never guess by looking at the box. It's beautiful.

Kirby3131 said...

You did SUCH a great job! You give hope to those of us who aren't painters. :) I can paint a wall - it's usually all one color haha

Laurie said...

It looks fab!