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French quatrefoil step stool makeover & tutorial

Good morning! How are things with you?

See the little wooden step stool below? It is kinda cute, right? Well my Mom bought this stool a couple of years ago from Home Sense (aka Home Goods) and it has been a chameleon of sorts.

It originally started out with a solid-painted turquoise top. It didn’t really fit into my Mom’s living room color scheme at the time so she painted it a taupey-cream. Over time she got bored of it, so she asked me to paint it a sage green. That also didn’t work out as planned and she just wasn’t feeling the “new look”!  Then recently she decided that it was time for a change again. It was out with the green and back in with the turquoise. Ha!

Honestly, I wasn’t very happy with the creamy-yellow distressed paint finish on the bottom of the stool anyway, so I decided this stool needed a full makeover this time around.

 

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Here is my Mom’s stool after its makeover. It has a bit of a French personality now!

 

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I really love its new look, but my Mom hasn’t seen it yet. I hope she will love it too!

 

What do you think?

 

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The top of this stool was given an aged-turquoise quatrefoil stenciled finish and then on top of that I did a photo transfer using a gorgeous Paris Wreath graphic from The Graphics Fairy. To finish it off, the bottom of the stool was given a wash with some light cream craft paint.

 

Ugly creamy yellow be-gone!

 

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Too bad this is my Mom’s stool, because now I wish that I could keep it for myself! Oh well, I am happy that I get a chance to do re-do things for my Mom. Besides, I can always paint something similar on one of my own pieces if I am missing her little stool too much!

 

 

So, would you like to paint one of your own stools like this?

You don’t have a stool to paint? That’s totally ok. You can create this look on so many other things. Here are some ideas for you…

How about on the seat of a chair, on the top of a side table or nightstand, on the inside of a serving tray, on an art canvas to display on your wall or maybe as a decorative finish for a storage box? There are so many possibilities! You also could paint this finish in any color to match your decor or even use another graphic on the top.

 

Here is the tutorial:

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 For painting:

          • your stool, storage box, chair etc.
          • turquoise latex paint (I used Behr Gem Turquoise 50% strength)
          • taupey gray latex paint (I used Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Grey)
          • burnt umber craft paint & antiquing medium
          • light cream craft paint
          • Martha Stewart’s Arabesque stencil set
          • paint brushes, including a stencil brush or a foam pouncer
          • some rags
          • 220 or 400 grit sandpaper

 

For the photo transfer and for top coating your project:

          • your laser photocopied/printed image to transfer (printed in mirror image mode if there is text in the graphic) (I used this Paris Wreath graphic from The Graphics Fairy)
          • Golden Soft Gel Gloss Medium
          • Matte Modge Podge
          • scissors
          • rubber brayer or scraper
          • spray bottle or sponge
          • paint brushes
          • dish scrubber (see previous instructions HERE)
          • a moist rag

 

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 Martha Stewart’s Arabesque Stencil

 

 

instructions

PART 1:


  1. Lightly sand your stool and then paint it with one coat of turquoise latex paint. Leave it to dry
  2. Prepare a mixture of half turquoise paint and half taupe paint to use for stenciling. Only stir the paint lightly so that the mixture is not consistent. It gives the finish a bit of variation
  3. Find the center of your stool and make a light pencil mark. Position one of stencil cut-outs right in the middle of your stencil mark, make sure the stencil is straight and then start stenciling using your 50% paint mixture above
  4. TIPS for stenciling: Try to keep your stencil firmly in place with one hand while stenciling with the other hand (you can also tape it down with painters tape if you like). Using the stencil brush and very little paint, tamp in an up and down motion to evenly distribute the paint. Carefully lift your stencil and then use a hair blow dryer to dry your previous section before moving on to the next. Wash your stencil in between applications if you wish

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PART 2:


  1. Once your stenciling is completely dry, lightly sand the entire stenciled area with 400 grit sandpaper to age it and give it a smooth finish
  2. Create a mixture of antiquing medium and a small amount of burnt umber craft paint to use as a wash. I would use about 7 parts antiquing medium to one part paint
  3. Working in one section at a time, brush on the aging glaze with a paintbrush and then before it has time to dry, use a damp rag to wash off the excess. You will be left with a lovely aged finish

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PART 3:


  1. Mix up some of your turquoise basecoat with a small amount of light cream craft paint
  2. Stencil over your original stenciled area again with this new color (you don’t need to line up to the original stenciled areas perfectly-close is good enough!)
  3. It is hard to see in this photo but you will end up with a gorgeous striae (lined) effect in the dark painted areas surrounding the quartrefoil shapes. You will also see a bit of your two stencil colors coming through (see the 2nd photo below for a close-up)
  4. After the top of your step stool has dried, use your burnt umber glaze mixture to give it another wash as in PART 2 above. After that has dried, lightly sand with 400 grit sandpaper

 

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PART 4:

For Detailed Instructions on How to Transfer Photos, Please Read My Tutorial HERE


  1. Prepare your photocopied/printed Paris graphic to be transferred (Again, make sure your graphic is reversed if you have text on there). Cut around your graphic neatly leaving a bit of white space all around your image. It can be helpful to cut a straight box around your image first and then cut away any extra parts. Having a straight line on the bottom and top will allow you to line up your image perfectly straight on your stool
  2. Coat the printed side of your image evenly with Soft Gel Medium. Before it has time to dry, flip it over face down and line it up as best as you can on the face of your stool. Once the image is down, it cannot be moved
  3. Smooth out the image with your hand and then use a brayer to remove air bubbles. Use your damp rag to wipe up excess gel medium then leave your image to dry for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight
  4. When your transfer has fully dried, soak the back of your image lightly with your spray bottle or sponge. Using the pad of your pointer finger, lightly rub away the paper one section at a time. Keep the area you are working on moist. Remove all of the residual paper that you can from your image and set it aside
  5. Use your pot scrubber with some water to lightly scrub away any last bits of residual paper. Don’t scrub so hard that you scrub away your image
  6. Leave your stool to dry

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PART 5:


  1. Once your transferred image is thoroughly dry lightly sand over it with 400 grit sandpaper to age the image. Wipe away any sanding dust (My transfer came out crisp and clear but I wanted it to look quite aged so I sanded my image a lot. I didn’t want it to look perfect!)
  2. Paint the bottom of your stool with light cream craft paint leaving a little bit of the basecoat showing through. You can also paint on some light gray paint here and there to create more of an aged look
  3. Once the bottom of your step stool is dry, you can sand the edges of the stool to distress it. Lightly wipe away  all of the sanding dust
  4. Coat your entire stool with two coats of matte Modge Podge for protection

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That is all there is to it!

 

It may seem like there are quite a few steps involved in finishing this stool, but it is actually quite easy. Since it is a small item it takes very little time to paint. I think this step stool took me about an hour to finish total, but of course there were some waiting times in between for the paint and the photo transfer to dry.

 

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I hope you decide to give this tutorial a try sometime. If you do, I would love to see what you have done! Please send me some photos of your finished project and I may feature your project on my blog; with your permission, of course!

And as always, if you have any questions about this tutorial or any of my other projects, please leave me a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I love me some comments, if I haven’t told you already!

 

Happy Thursday!

 

 

 

 

product-links

Acrylic Medium Golden Soft Gel Gloss 8oz

Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish

3M Wetordry 9085NA Sandpaper, 9-Inch x 11-Inch, 5-Sheet,Super Fine 400-Grit

3M 10132NA Tack Cloth

School Specialty 4 Semi-Soft Extra-Fine Foam Brayer, paint supplies

Martha Stewart 32266 Large Stencil, Arabesque

Staining/Antiquing Medium-2 Ounce

Stencil Starter Kit

 

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It’s sew easy! DIY pin cushion

Hello friends! I hope that you are having a great weekend so far.

This morning I am off to check out some of the garage sales around town and then I’ll be back home to work on all of the projects I have on the go right now. Too much to do, so little time…

I also have a quick, easy tutorial to share with you today. I made this little pin cushion last week to use on my newly painted sewing cabinet. I had found the white milk glass vase (below) at a thrift store a while back and I thought it would be perfect to use as a holder for a pin cushion.

This pin cushion is so simple to make and it only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish to complete. You could even make this while on the couch watching your favorite TV show. I love those kind of projects! Don’t you?

 

 

Supplies You’ll Need:

          • a small glass/wooden dish or a wide-mouthed vase or teacup
          • polyester batting
          • cotton fabric in the pattern of your choice
          • a plate to use as a template or any other round object
          • an erasable fabric pen or chalk
          • thread
          • a sewing needle
          • scissors

 

 

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Step 1: Determining the size of fabric you will need

 

  1. Measure the diameter of the opening of your bowl/teacup etc. Then double your measurement and add a couple of inches extra for good measure. The excess will help to fill out the inside of your container
  2. I used a small side plate as my circle template but you could also use a plastic pail or cut a circle out of cardboard to use

 

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Step 2: Drawing and cutting out your fabric shape


  1. Trace out your shape onto your fabric using your erasable fabric pen or a piece of chalk
  2. Cut out your shape (doesn’t need to be perfect, mine isn’t!) and iron your piece of fabric to get out all of the wrinkles

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Step 3: Stitching, Filling it Up & Finishing it Off


  1. Thread your needle with a long length of thread and knot the end. The diameter of my circle was 7 inches so I used about a 14-18 inch length of thread so that I would not run out of thread as I was stitching around my circle
  2. Baste loose stitches around the edge of your circle about 1/2 ” from the edge
  3. When you have basted around the entire circle, pull lightly on the thread while holding your piece of fabric in the other hand. Your circle will start to gather to make a little pouch
  4. Gather your circle evenly all around until there is a 2-3 inch opening. Then stuff it with a handful of polyester batting until it is entirely full. You can use the end of your finger to push the batting around to make sure that it fills the entire pouch and makes a nice, round circle shape
  5. Pull the remaining thread tight to bring all of the gathering together. Stitch your pin cushion closed, knot the ends and cut your excess thread
  6. Place your pin cushion inside your container. You shouldn’t have to secure it inside your container; the batting should help to hold it in. If you do find that your pincushion wants to pop out of your container you could add a piece of Velcro or some double-sided tape to help hold it down

 

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Well there you have it! Easy peasy!

 

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Below is another pin cushion that I made using a little china jewelry holder that I also found at the thrift store.

If you like to sew, this is a perfect way to use up all of those little vases and teacups that you will sometimes find at thrift stores and garage sales. They are too cute to pass up but they somehow get lost amongst the other items displayed in your home. You know what I’m talkin’ bout, right?

Take those small vases and teacups out of your china cabinet and make them useful again. Turn them into a pin cushion or two!

 

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A cost rundown for this project is as follows:

$0.50   Little milk glass vase

$1.00    Fabric from the clearance bin at my local fabric store

$0.00    Polyester batting, needle, thread, erasable pen – free as I already had it.

Total for this project: $1.50!

 

Woo hoo! I love easy, inexpensive projects that are also useful!

 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

 

 

 

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A spring-inspired photo transfer project {Tutorial}

With all of the furniture pieces I have in various stages or refinishing right now, it is nice to take a break from it all and do something crafty. Well, lately “crafty” means that it most likely has something to do with photo transfers.

You may already know that I am in love with doing photo transfers. Ha!  I have been at it for a few months now and it is one of those projects that I have yet to get bored of. For me, that is saying a lot as I am notorious for starting projects, losing interest, and then the project never gets finished. These projects get moved to the corner of my basement, only to be discovered months later. Can you relate to this in one way or another?

Anyway, I digress…

What’s not to like about photo transfers? They are so easy to do and they are a very inexpensive project. You can also create unique pieces of art for your home and gifts for your friends and family and they can be used in many ways (think transferring to canvas, wood, clay etc.).

I was inspired to make a spring project after I came across this gorgeous birds and nest image from The Graphics Fairy. Just visiting her blog gives me an overwhelming sense of excitement. She has so many wonderful images to choose from that it is really hard to decide which one to use next!

 


Would you like to create your own spring-inspired photo transfer and aged frame? It is such an easy and inexpensive project. It only cost me $1.00 for the canvas and $4.00 for the wooden frame. The rest of the supplies I already had on hand.

If I can make this, so can you!

Just follow my detailed instructions below, pick up a few supplies from the art store if you don’t already have them, and then you will be all ready to start creating!

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 Supplies You’ll Need:

          • an 8″X10″ photo canvas
          • Golden Soft Gel Gloss Medium (Golden Soft Gel provides the clearest transfer, I have found)
          • acrylic gesso
          • Modge Podge matte
          • craft paints (I used Folk Art – 640 Warm White, 2561 Steel Gray & 462 Burnt Umber)
          • craft paint or latex paint for the picture frame (I used Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Gray paint)
          • plastic tablecloth or newspapers
          • a paint brayer or flat spreader
          • disposable paper plate
          • a ruler, pencil and scissors
          • paint brushes
          • a dish scrubber (see photo)
          • spray bottle and/or a cup with water
          • paper towels
          • 220 and 400 grit sandpaper
          • bird with nest engraving  image (see below)
          • my text template (see below)
          • optional: paper edging, fabric trim or other embellishments (I used Martha Stewart’s Regal Border Stickers)
          • wooden picture frame with a 8″X10″ opening

Step 1: Painting the Canvas

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  1. Paint one coat of cream paint on your canvas
  2. Dip your paint brush in your water and then into the gray craft paint. Paint random brush strokes with the watered down paint. Complete one small section and then move on to the next step
  3. Scrunch up a piece of paper towel and then lightly dip it in your water cup. Go over the area your just painted and tamp up and down with your paper towel to create a textured design. Finish painting the rest of your canvas as above. Leave your canvas to dry for a few minutes
  4. Again watering down your paint, add the burnt umber paint to your canvas adding slightly more paint to the edge of the canvas to give it more of an aged look. Work on one section at a time so the paint doesn’t have a chance to dry streaky or too heavy
  5. Again, with a slightly damp paper towel, tamp the areas of your canvas that you just painted
  6. Leave your canvas to dry
  7. Add more watered down cream and gray paint randomly on your canvas. Use your paper towel to dab off the paint in spots to make your canvas appear aged. Leave some of the burnt umber around the edges of the canvas
  8. You may have some bits of the paper towel on the canvas when you are all done. You can leave them as they won’t show when you clear coat the canvas and they just add to the texture

 

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Step 2: Transferring the Image to Canvas and Embellishing


  1. For this step you will need to read over my previous tutorial , How-to-Guide: Transfer Photos to Canvas here. Prepare your bird’s nest image and your text template (below) ahead of time and just follow the steps in my tutorial. If you get stuck or have any questions, please ask away! I am happy to help.
  2. Once you have your image transfer completed and you have removed all of the paper fibers you are ready to add your embellishments. I added Martha’s Stewart’s Regal Border Stickers to my canvas to add some interest. You could add scrapbooking borders, pieces of lace or ribbon. If you prefer you could just transfer the image and text and not add any embellishments. It is your piece of art!
  3. Once everything is dry, add two coats of Modge Podge to the entire canvas for protection. The Modge Podge will really make the image look crisp and clear when it is dry

 

 Where to Find the Images and Text:

Below is the text template that I made for this project. There are 5 different font styles to choose from. I used the very first one for my project and my phrase barely fit the canvas, so for your project you may want to choose one of the other styles if you prefer your text be a little smaller.

To save the template, click on the photo below and right click to save it. Then open it in your photo editing program and print it full size. It will fit a standard letter size page (8.5″ X11″). Make sure that you print the page as is so that your text comes out facing the right way when you do the transfer.

NOTE:

I included the gray border around the text only so that you would have a box to cut around. This makes it easy to place your text on your canvas and to center your words. You will want to cut off every tiny bit of border showing or it will be transferred to your canvas and you will be cursing in the end!

The bird’s nest image came from The Graphics Fairy’s blog here. Remember to print your image in mirror-image mode so that it comes out the right way once it is transferred.

 

And now onto the picture frame…

 

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Step 3: Painting and Distressing Your Picture Frame

  1. Wash your wooden frame with a damp rag to remove dust and grime
  2. Sand it lightly with 200 grit sandpaper to remove any glossiness and rough spots. Remove dust with your damp cloth
  3. Mix up 3 parts latex paint to 1 part white acrylic gesso. Apply the mixture to you frame with in one even coat. This mixture dries very quickly and has a very chalky appearance
  4. Once dry, again sand your frame with 400 grit sandpaper and remove the dust with your damp cloth. Apply another coat of paint. Leave it to dry
  5. Using your 220 grit sandpaper, distress the edges of your frame so that the original finish shows through. Sand any areas that might get extra wear. Then use your 400 grit sandpaper to lightly go over the entire frame. This will give your frame a beautiful soft finish. Remove any dust with your damp rag
  6. Optional: Mix up burnt umber craft paint with a little bit of water to make an aging glaze. Apply the glaze to your frame in small sections, working the paint into the grooves. Using your damp rag, quickly remove the paint from the frame which will leave the darker paint in the grooves. Don’t leave the excess paint sit to long or your will have blotchy spots and trying to remove them may remove some of your paint layer exposing too much of the original finish
  7. Once your frame is dry, coat it with two coats of Modge Podge to seal it
  8. Place your finished canvas into the frame and enjoy!

Here are some “beauty shots” of my frame and photo transfer. I really love the way it turned out!

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I found the phrase “Feather Your Nest” all over the Internet. I added to it by coming up with a phrase that had meaning to me. Taking time to feather your nest means a couple of things to me. For me, it can mean taking time to care for the people you love in your life, like your husband and children and the importance of nurturing your relationships with them. It can also mean taking the time to make your house a home. I may not have the most extravagant house, but all of the things I collect and create for my home make it a place where my family and I can feel relaxed and at home.

 

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Here you can see that the burnt umber glaze that I used really helps to bring out the details in the frame.

 

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This photo transfer turned out perfectly. Yeah! All of the image and text stayed intact and it really looks as if they were painted directly on the canvas. That is why I love the Golden Soft Gel Gloss that I use. It does the best job of transferring than I have ever seen and the image is so clear and vibrant. I have tried many other methods of photo transferring and this is by far the best method I have found.

 

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You can see a close-up of the paper edging sticker of Martha Stewart’s that I used. I really loved the raised leaf design that it has.

 

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If you have gotten this far (phew! long tutorial), thanks for taking the time to read my instructions. I tend to ramble on a lot. Sorry about that! I just want to make sure that I don’t leave out any important information when I am writing a tutorial.

I know that when I am reading someone’s tutorial that I hope that the writer has given me as much information as needed to make my project a success. It is really frustrating to start to make something and then realize that there are parts of the instructions missing. I hope what I have shared with you will help you to complete your project with ease. Once you start photo transferring you may become addicted like I am. They are so much fun to do!

Well, I am off to work on my next post so that I can share with you what I found at the Wild Rose Antique Show yesterday. Stop back again soon to see some of things were at the show and what I brought home!

 

I hope you and your family have a great Easter weekend.

 

 

 

My Favorite Products:

Acrylic Medium Golden Soft Gel Gloss 8oz

Sargent Art 22-8803 32-Ounce Extra Thick Gesso

Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish

3M Wetordry 9085NA Sandpaper, 9-Inch x 11-Inch, 5-Sheet,Super Fine 400-Grit

3M 10132NA Tack Cloth

 

  Images used in this how-to-guide are from The Graphics Fairy.

 

 

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Wild Rose Antique Show & a spring-inspired sneak peek

Luckily for us, we have had pretty mild weather here for the past week so I had started to plan my spring projects. I also made up a spring cleaning list for the entire house. We all have to start eventually, even though cleaning is not my favorite past time.

Well, I guess Mother Nature is trying to tell me to hold off for the moment because we woke up this morning to this! Crazy huh? Not so spring-like is it?

 

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This was a full-out blizzard ! Over 15 centimeters of this lovely, white fluffy stuff made its appearance earlier today. Just a couple of days ago, there was no snow on the ground and it was a balmy 15 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit). My poor apple tree’s limbs were really bowing from the weight of the heavy snow. Actually, many tree limbs were down all over the city and this storm made traveling difficult to say the least.

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Since my family and I are spending our time in the house anyway, I decided to go with the flow and work on one of my projects that I have been meaning to share with you.

 

 

Here is a sneak peek of my spring-inspired art project. You’ll want to stop back tomorrow to see the reveal. This one will be a tutorial so get ready to create some of your own spring-inspired goodness for your home.

 

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On another note, this weekend the Wild Rose Antique Show & Sale is here in Edmonton and I am very excited to check it out! This show only takes place once a year and it is sure to be a good time. Stay tuned for photos from the sale that I will be sharing tomorrow night.

 

Wild Rose Antique Show

Have a great night!

 
 

 

 

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Framed storage box {How to}

 

Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend.

It was a busy week last week for me, between appointments with the accountant getting ready for tax season and parent-teacher interviews. I had so little time to work on my projects so I could share them with you all.

I did manage to work on a couple of things though. One of them was this wooden storage box that I had picked up at Goodwill for $3.99 a while ago. I wasn’t crazy about its orange stained finish, and besides I thought it was a little bit boring. Nothing some molding and paint couldn’t fix.

I made up the tutorial below so you can take a stab at making your own framed storage box, if you like. If you have never cut molding before, it can feel a little intimidating at first. It is actually easier than it seems and it just takes a little practice. I took the plunge a few years ago and decided to try my hand at it. I am so glad that I did as it is a great skill to have.

 

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If you are not a fan of using power tools, molding can easily be cut with a handheld miter saw and plastic miter box. You can cut the molding in your living room or kitchen and after you are finished, with a quick swipe of the vacuum, the little saw dust that was made can be easily cleaned up and you are ready to work on your project.

Without further ado…

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For this project you will need:

                • wooden box, wooden board, tray etc.
                • wooden molding strips (I used 2 4-foot molding pieces)
                • handheld miter saw and miter box or electric miter saw
                • ruler or tape measure
                • pencil
                • tiny finishing nails and hammer
                • small nail-set
                • wood glue
                • wood filler
                • primer, paint in the colour(s) of your choice and gesso (optional)
                • decorative Chinese wrapping paper (optional)
                • image or postcard for center picture frame
                • 400 grit sandpaper
                • Mod Podge
                • paint brushes
                • scissors
                • painter’s tape
                • tack cloth

 

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I found this decorative molding a Michaels the other day for only 0.99 cents per 4 foot piece of molding. What a great deal! This thin wooden molding has a tendency to warp so it is important to check each piece you buy to try to get the straightest piece possible. It is better to get the straightest piece you can find then you won’t have to fight with it when you attach it to your wooden box.

 

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Cutting the molding to fit the box:

  1. tape off the areas on your wooden box that you don’t wish to paint and then give the box a light sanding, removing the sanding dust with a tack cloth.
  2. starting at one end of your piece of molding, move in about an inch and then cut it at a 45 degree angle using your miter saw and miter box. Use sand paper to lightly sand the rough edges.
  3. carefully measure the longest side of  your wooden box. You are now going to transfer this measurement to your cut piece of molding.
  4. measuring from the pointed end of the molding you just cut, mark down the measurement of your box on the uncut end of your molding with a pencil. Hold this piece up to the side of box you measured to make sure you have the correct measurement.
  5. place your piece of molding back into the miter box and place your saw at the opposite 45 degree angle. See the photo below for an example. Remember: you want to line up your saw directly over the pencil mark so that the outer edge of your saw will hit your pencil mark.
  6. cut an identical piece of molding for the other side of the box.
  7. follow the same procedure above for the shorter sides of the box.

 

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Attaching the molding:

  1. dry-fit your pieces of molding by assembling them on the box before gluing them to make sure everything fits correctly.
  2. using a very small drill bit, pre-drill a few holes in the molding (one at each end and one or two in the middle) to help hold it down while the glue dries. Make sure you don’t drill too close to the edge of the molding because it could split when you hammer in the nails in the next step.
  3. attach the pieces of molding to your box using wood glue. Use your finger to spread the glue evenly across the back of the molding. An thin even layer is best. Square up your molding as best as you can.
  4. before the glue has a chance to dry, gently pound small finishing nails into your molding and use a nail set to countersink the nails. Wipe away any glue that has oozed out with a damp rag.
  5. fill your holes and miter joints with wood filler. When the wood filler is dry, lightly sand the holes to smooth out the filler and then remove any dust with your tack cloth.

 

As you can see below my miter joints are not always perfectly square. Wood filler is your best friend here. Once you have filled in the joints and any other imperfections with wood filler, it is really difficult to tell where these bad spots once were.

 

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Decorating your wooden box:

  1. prime and paint the box and set it aside to dry. Lightly sand in between coats of paint and primer.  Between coats, use your tack cloth to remove any sanding dust.
  2. to decorate the top of your box you can use a stencil or here I have used a piece of handmade Chinese wrapping paper that I bought from an artist supply store here in town. It was only $3.00 for a large sheet and one small piece of it can be used as a stencil for many projects.
  3. when applying paint to the stencil use a slightly dry brush and tamp in a up and down motion.  When you are done, just peel up the paper or stencil and move on to the next section. No need to wait for the paper to dry.

 

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For my project, I applied the paper stencil all over in multiple layers to give it more of an aged look. If you like, you could use a small paint roller and apply the stencil in a single layer to give it more of a uniform look.

 

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After I stenciled the entire top of the box I came across this little art postcard of a lady from the Renaissance Period and I thought  that she would look perfect on top of the box. I Modge Podged the postcard to the top of the box and then I cut some more molding and made a smaller frame to frame the postcard. To give the molding more dimension, I aged the entire box with multiple layers of white gesso, creamy gray paint and medium gray paint.

 

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To finish it off, I sanded the entire box with 400 grit sandpaper, cleaned off the dust with a tack cloth and then coated  everything with 2 coats of matte Mod Podge for protection.

 

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The inside of this box is cedar and I haven’t decided if I should paint it or not because I actually don’t mind the smell of cedar. I did cut a piece of scrapbook paper to line the bottom though.

 

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What do you think of my transformed storage box? I think it is a huge improvement, don’t you?

I haven’t decided what I will store in here yet. I think it could be used to store many things such as votive candles, keepsakes or extra stationary.

 

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If you haven’t worked with molding before, I hope you decide to give it a try. I would love to hear about it!

Also, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this project, I am happy to help. This is a very easy project to do.

In other news, I am also working on a milk painted tiered bathroom cabinet that I hope to post shortly! I am just finishing off the final touches.

 

Talk to you again soon!

 

 

 

 

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My Favorite Products:

Stanley 20-600 Clamping Mitre Box with Saw

Stanley 58-930 Cushion Grip Nail Set, 3-Piece

 

Sargent Art 22-8803 32-Ounce Extra Thick Gesso

Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish

3M Wetordry 9085NA Sandpaper, 9-Inch x 11-Inch, 5-Sheet,Super Fine 400-Grit

3M 10132NA Tack Cloth

 

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