Who has two thumbs and is addicted to chalk paint and Goodwill? THIS girl! (Okay, I was going to post a really goofy photo of me doing some weird pose in response to that line, but I’ll spare you guys…and myself the embarrassment.)
When those two things collide, here is what happens:
When I was in Goodwill last week, I spotted an old recipe box that really needed some love. I’m pretty sure I remember my grandmother having one just like 20 years ago. (How funny would that be if it were the same one?! Probably not though.)
Those little geese needed to be gone ASAP. Geese depicted on anything kind of freaks me out. I think I’m still scarred from when a goose chased me once. Those things are vicious! That recipe box was only 99 cents though so I couldn’t let the geese get to me. (Am I the only one who thinks of this song by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis [parental advisory] when browsing a thrift store? I sing it in my head every time…and dance a little…and people around me probably think I’m very weird.)
Then, as I was in the check out line, I spotted a bread box for $3 that I couldn’t walk away from. I could make a set! Yay!
So, y’all, before I get into this, let me start with “I solumnly swear to stop the chalk paint projects…okay maybe slow down on them.” Chalk paint all the things!
I followed my usual distressing technique that works on pretty much every surface imaginable- wood, glass, plastic, tons of stuff. I’ve already used it on my Distressed Frames and Mason Jar Soap Dispenser.
Here’s what I used:
Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in Java (affiliate)
Petroleum Jelly / Vaseline
1 Sheet of Printer Paper
1 Tea Bag
I taped off the bread box window and recipe box plate and then started with my basecoat of the Java chalk paint.
This chalk paint dries really quickly and if you’re working in direct sunlight you have to work pretty fast. Once the basecoat was dry, I rubbed on the Vaseline focusing on the corners and edges of the boxes the most. You can use a little or a lot depending on how distressed you want the pieces to look.
After rubbing on the Vaseline, I painted on a coat of the Adirondack White and watched the distressing magic happen. Here’s what they looked like all dry and ready for the last step.
I didn’t really have to do anything else to the bread box except reattach the bread label. To get rid of those geese on the recipe box, I printed off a label on simple white printer paper using one of my favorite fonts, Veteran Typewriter. I traced the front plate on the paper to cut out the shape.
To make the paper look aged, I brewed myself a pot of sweet tea in the process (Woo hoo! The nectar of life!), and I used the tea bag to blot onto the paper. I let the paper soak in the tea for a minute or two.
Then, I just peeled up the paper, let it dry flat for a few minutes, glued it onto the front plate of the recipe box with a little spray adhesive, and that was it!
Good as new…er…distressed. 😉
So now, I guess I better start collecting some rockin’ recipes to put in my new recipe box. And pack that bread box full of yummy baked goods.
Got any great recipes to share? Comment with your favorite! I really would love to know!
(P.S. Stay tuned for my gallery wall! I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my last few photos from Shutterfly to make the final touches.)
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