Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Little Paint Tutorial

I have a cute little ammo box-I know, cute and ammo just don't go together.
Let's try that again.
I have this cute, old, chippy white metal box that I have had no idea what to do with for almost a year.
Until I asked my sweet friend, Kate over at Salvage Dior.
She has the most beautiful, dreamy ideas.
While Brenna was sick last week, I had some extra time to sit around.
Not a bad thing for me, let me tell you. I learned a lot last week.

Kate encouraged me with some photos from Pinterest as to what could be done with this cute box.

So, I first took a Magic Eraser and cleaned it up a bit.
I like white and yellow, but I don't particularly enjoy yellow stains and they came right off with the Magic Eraser.

I printed off numbers in the JaneAusten font. I believe for this box it was the font size 144 on my Mac.

The number four got goofed up and you can see I just extended it a bit with pencil.
Since I don't have a handy-dandy Cricut I resort to carbon paper. Yes, it is still sold at office supply stores!

I even took my time on this one and measured and centered it, and secured it with some tape at the very top. Yes, orange duct tape was the only thing I could find first. Don't ask why.
Then I slipped the carbon paper underneath and went over the outline of the numbers with pencil.

The font is wiggly enough and wide enough where it doesn't have to be perfect, precise lines when finished.

I mixed black acrylic paint and just a drop of Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid to make sure it flowed smoothly. I like this better than water as it doesn't fade the color out.

I only had to go over once after the initial coat and I was quite pleased with the outcome!

I chose the numbers 2,7 and 4 because we have been married 27 years and there are 4 in our family.
Just a sweet reminder...

Do you have favorite link up parties that you join with your DIY items?
If so, I'd love to know what they are, as I'd like to start including some tutorials on the blog and would like to share them. I did a google search for link parties and got so overwhelmed!!!!!!!!

Happy Monday!

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  1. very cool little box!
    my girls have been so so sick. we are on day 10 of being house bound. ay! good thing i love being at home :) we are on the mend but whew. it has definitely slowed me down too!

  2. So, I am not the only one who sometimes uses carbon paper! And I also like to use acrylic glaze to mix into my paint.
    I like your little project!

  3. I just love the way this turned out. I actually have some carbon paper. But its so old I don't know if its any good. Wishing you a happy week my friend.


  4. I don't have a link up for my DIY because I'm usually kind of ashamed of mine. True story.

    I love yours though! I wish Inspiration Friday were still up and going because it's inspirational!

  5. Very charming, Lynn!!! I guess cute and ammo box do go together :) Thanks for sharing!
    Have a super week,
    xo A

  6. The ammo box turned out great! Your addition of the numbers topped it off perfectly.
    I like Pinterest for sharing.