Excitement is thick in the air as I’m sitting here typing out this post, in fact I’ve been working on this project for weeks and have been patiently documenting the steps so I can finally put together my first CRAFT & TELL project. One of my 2013 goals is to get back into crafting and when I saw this precious box at Michaels I just knew it was a beautiful jewelry box just waiting to be completed!
THE MAIN MATERIALS
(snagged from Michaels)
- Unfinished wooden box with open lid and bottom drawer
- CRAFT SMART | Craft Acrylic in “Robin’s Egg Blue”
- AMERICANA | Duraclear “Satin” Varnish
- You’ll also need: paint brushes, sandpaper or a sanding block, cotton bud and alcohol/nail polish remover (for hardware cleanups)
Start by sanding down any rough patches on your box, many craft store wood items are very roughly put together and may even have wood spackle in places to fill in ridges or knots so sand everything until smooth to the touch. Pay special attention to splinter-prone edges. Wipe off any wood dust before the next step.
With the big areas done, we can move on to the smaller corners and sides. Since it was useless (and impossible) to reach the insides of the drawer level, I taped it off and painted a clean line across it. A small pointed detailing brush will really help work into corners along the dividers and for small touch ups.
I choose to paint my interior white to contrast with the box and also bring out the jewelry. It took about 3-4 layers of paint to cover these areas and it was tricky to keep the white away from the already finished blue areas. When working along the edges, use a clean cut flat brush with just the tips dipped in paint and work in strokes starting at the edge then pulling towards the center.
Once you’re satisfied with your roughing, it’s time to seal it with a coat of protective varnish. You can buy either spray or liquid versions but I like being able to see what I’m doing and how much I put on so I went with the latter. The consistency of this particular brand is quite thin so be careful of drips, a flat wide brush partnered well with this.
THE FINISHED LOOK:
CRAFT & TELL // VIDEO
Now onto one of my favourite parts, here I am talking you through some tips and tricks on how to make this craft project a smooth process. Things to avoid, what to look out for and an
y blunders I encountered along the way.
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