So if you can remember wayyyy back, a group of blog friends decided to do a Secret Santa swap. We all had one person to shop for based on their blog style. We also had to send them one thrifted item costing $5 or less. Something that they could have fun redesigning.
1. The Dean’s List Blog // 2. Pretty Practical Home // 3. Casa Watkins 4. The Twin Cedars // 5. Our Crafty Mom // 6. Twelve on Main // 7. Creatively Homespun // 8. My Life From Home // 9. Hobnail House // 10. Domicile 37 // 11. Beauteeful Living // 12. Knock it off Crafts 13. Pocket of Posies 14. The Weathered Fox // 15. Shabby Grace Blog
My Secret Santa was Michelle from One Crafty Mom & she sent me this ‘thing’. Idk what it is? the top makes me think it’s meant for stationary, but the drawer liner tells me jewelry. I was a little puzzled, but decided that I needed a stationary box. So here’s the lovely transformation!
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If you are planning refinish something similar, these are the materials you will need:
- Paint. I get mine from the oops section at my local hardware stores.
- Any ol’ Paint Brush
- Mod Podge
- pretty paper or fabric. I’m using one similar to this
I took the drawer out and began working on the first coat of paint. I picked up this color as an oops paint sample for 50 cents. My go to chalkpaint recipe is 1/4 cup Plaster of Paris to one cup latex paint. Add a small amount of warm water to the Plaster of Paris first to mix it, then add that to the paint. This method will prevent lumps in your chalkpaint.
At first I was avoiding the hardware. But I decided to slightly paint the hardware to give it a worn finish.
While that was drying, I removed the old cardboard from the drawer and used it to trace my new bottom to size. I picked up this fun houndstooth patterned wrapping paper at Target.
I added Mod Podge to the bottom of the drawer.
Then added the wrapping paper and went over it again with Mod Podge. I had to go back and clean up the paint that got on the paper. That’s what I get for not waiting until the paint was fully dry! Oh, and be sure to push out any bubbles and smooth any wrinkles in the paper.
Let dry, and viola!
I scratched off the paint on the hardware just to rough it up a bit.
I’m not even going to bother sealing it. I’m confident it’ll hold up for the light wear it will receive.
If you’re wondering about the color, it’s a mix between coral and orange, as you can tell, depending on the light.
I love how the houndstooth pops against the color. Such a fun unexpected element.
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