Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thrifty Little Project. Using What's On Hand.

Happy Thursday, everyone!

I really did not  have a post planned for today, but then I remembered a weird little project I did one day with a left over box. So, I thought I would share it with you. It was super fast! Took less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

If you shop at Trader Joes, you may be a fan of their Fleur De Sel Caramels. I think they are only around during the holidays, but I'm not certain of it. I try not to look for them, since they are amazing, and I can eat the ENTIRE container myself, if I'm not careful. Anyhoo...they come in a cute little round wood box.

Back when I was cleaning out my pantry, I pulled out one of these (empty, uh, oops...) caramel boxes, and thought to myself, "hmmm...maybe I can make something with this...?".

It seems everyone has been painting numbers on containers lately, so I jumped on the band wagon. All I needed was the box, a black sharpie, small scrap of sand paper, some leftover spray wood stain, a rag, and some spray lacquer to seal it.

Here's the container I used.

 See? It's such a cute little box, right?
 I just peeled the label right off.
 Voila! Cute empty wood box!
 I'm not sure what I was originally thinking, but I decided to practice my free-hand on a piece of paper. I then decided to cut out what I had done, instead of trying to repeat it on the box.
 I just held it in place while I traced it. Then, I filled in, and went over it with a black Sharpie.

 I thought it looked too dark, so I gave it a quick sand, to wear some of it off.

 I took it out to the garage, and hit it with some spray stain. Sorry about the blurry pic! Not sure what happened there!
 Here's how it came out. Then I let it dry, and took it out back to shoot with spray lacquer. I decided it was getting too stinky with the spray stain in the garage, and lacquer REALLY smells!

 I used a matte clear lacquer from Watco.  I think it dries the best of any I've tried.
There you have it! It is now sitting on a table in my family room. Not bad for a throw away item, using supplies I already had, and in way under an hour!

This was the sunset in my backyard a little bit later that day. Ahhh.
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  1. I know what you mean about throwing stuff away. There's always a way you can use it, especially a little wooden box. It's so cute now!
    Thanks for the tutorial, I've never used spray stain or lacquer.

    1. It's really easy! Iv'e used the stain on 2 different projects, and I loved it! The lacquer I've used many times. It works great as a matte top coat on a painted piece. It seals in the paint job, and you can't scratch or stain it. Good for a painted table top or dresser.

  2. This is a great idea! I'm a saver too. I'm visiting you in return for your sweet comment and visit to Revisionary life earlier. Nice to meet you! :)

  3. Thanks Revi, nice to meet you as well! You have a lovely blog! So nice of you to visit mine. Please come back soon and often!

  4. Great idea! I look forward to checking out the rest of your blog.

    Following via Linky Follower Party hop and I am now following you on Linky Follower.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Following you via linky as well! Have a great day, Patricia! :-) xo-Lisa

  5. What a creative transformation! It looks great! I'm your newest follower via Linky Follower Party hop.I'd love it if you would follow me back.


  6. I definitely learn something new everyday!! would not have even considered using spray stain on paint!! This looks great!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

    1. I know it may look as though the box was painted when I started, but it was just bare natural wood. I have never used spray stain on paint either...I'm not sure it would work?
      Thanks so much for stopping by! :-) xo -Lisa

  7. What a great project! Just found you through the linky blog hop... am happily following you on both GFC and Linky.

    1. Hi Adele! Thanks so much! Heading over to check out your blog too!

  8. trash transformation !!! wow.

    I am actually coming to your site re. the FOLLOWER linky blog hop, and am following you ! :-) Will you follow me back?? Thank you so much when you do.

    PLUS: There is also a party on our blog, where you can feature 'your best creative work'. There are some great projects to see already, but we want to see your work!

    Anyhow, use this link both to FOLLOW and to PARTY:

    Hope to seeing you around!!
    Have a happy, creative day!


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