Old drab brown sewing box: updated to shabby chic

Old, drab brown PLASTIC sewing box with the handle missing.  I’ve shabbied up several others of these in the past, but never with the handle missing.  It was too cheap to NOT buy; so I figured I could fashion something for a handle.

I hand painted the outside of the box; then sanded to distress.

Now to find a handle!  First I rummaged through my stash of old handles to see if any of those would fit. 

It was actually easier than I’d expected to find one that fit.  I just glued it into place with some e6000.

As always, it’s MORE distressed in person than you can see in the pics.


Old UGLY green plastic ewing box re-do

Started with this ugly green plastic faux wood grain sewing box:

Tossed out the top tray, gave it a good scrubbing.

A light coating of KILZ spray primer; then several coats of cream color spray paint, inside and out.

Decided to let ‘my new’ love’ work his magic on it.

It took a fairly STIFF brush to get the glaze down into all the creases.

Just brush it on, then wipe off the excess. I was surprised how quickly this stuff ‘sets up’. I had to wipe off each side AS I finished it. and not wait and do the whole thing at once.

I ended up ‘papering’ the insides with some torn up old book pages and applying some of the RL glaze. (those pics have not been downloaded yet. sorry!) Not sure I like how it turned out, and MAY have to re-do the inside. It’s a bit ‘streaky’. Not sure if that’s because the glaze doesn’t work well on paper, OR if it doesn’t mix well with the adhesive I used for the paper.)

P.S. Here’s the pics of the papered and glazed innards:

BEFORE I added the glaze:

With the RL glaze:

Don’t think I’ll be using the RL glaze over PAPER anymore.  I liked this better before.  Too late to change it now . . .  but now I know for next time.  And YOU can learn from my mistake.