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A ‘Supervalu’ blanket box gets a Makeover..in one day

Hi Folks,

A ‘Supervalu’ blanket box gets a Makeover..in one day

A customer dropped this in to the shop the other day . Its a Supervalu blanket box.

How many of you have these or one of the rocking chairs at home and are threatening to throw them out.. Well throw them my way please….. I could have sold this one 10 times over as it waited to be collected !!

The customer had it in the kids play room for a few years and now wondered if I could do anything with it, as she needed extra storage for her bathroom.

It painted up so well, and transformed so quickly that I just had to show you and of course explain how a good paint and the right tools makes the job sooo much easier .

SO here is what it looked like the day she dropped it in..IMG_5934

Marks and Scratches on the top

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And this is what is looked like a few hours later……………….

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You can do this yourself in 5 easy steps…

STEP ONE…. THE PREP>>>

Give it a clean with sugar soap to ensure there is no loose dirt or dust and Scuff Sand. Scuff sand means giving it millions of little scratches to break down the lacquered finish and give the paint something to adhere to.

STEP TWO….THE PRIMER/UNDERCOAT>>>to use of no to use

This step is necessary on a piece like this, as it has a finish on it already. You are not starting with a blank raw wood canvas. This has a sheen on it and the primer /undercoat I use is from B&Q and is my favourite of all time . It adheres well, dulls down the finish of the lacquer and dries very very quickly… an important factor is you are like me and want the job DONE !!.  And did you know …. GREY is a more neutral colour than white and is much easier to cover ???? …. ( and its also a  great way of saving on paint, when going from dark brown to white or cream ). I only did a really thin coat on this … thats all it needed to dull the finish.

So I got out another one of my best friends.. ‘the mini foam roller’ .. and applied a quick thin coat all over… it took  minutes..

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STEP THREE…. APPLYING MILK PAINT BY General Finishes

When the primer was dry, I put some Milk Paint in LINEN (BUY HERE ) out on the little tray and rolled it on too. Everyone loves this colour here in Ireland. Its a pale cream that goes with everything and unlike the white , it has a warmth to it , something badly needed with our weather. Thin even coats are much more durable, dry much quicker and allow you to build up your colour. This time I turned the box upside down as its too easy to miss bits if you don’t do this >>especially round the legs.

Upcycle and Restyle a Supervalue Blanket Box in a matter of hours ..

indexFoam Brushes are  perfect for any detail work, spindles or inserts like on this box.BUY HERE

 

After the first coat of LINEN, I decided to accent the front and sides of the box by adding Antique White, this made a world of difference to the appearance and was the only thing that took a bit of time, but you don’t have to be that careful as you will be rollingn on the linen again on the outer edges. The roller wont go near the inner white so it was soooo quick and easy. When I had the white done, I continued to roll on the LINEN everywhere else.

STEP FOUR… GEL STAIN THE TOP ..

With the box painted , it was time to stain the top. I had already scuff sanded it remember, so all i did was wipe on one coat of  GEL STAIN by General Finishes and rubbed it in.  I used the colour Antique Walnut  on this…..The hardest bit now was to step away for 12 hours. This gel stain is oil based and needs time to dry, but the box was pretty much finished so I could stand back from it.

The final finishing touch was to add a Moulding  (BUY MOULDING HERE) from my range to the front to give character and charm. I was originally going to stencil it , but stenciling can date and I thought the piece was so classic looking now that I didn’t want to take from it.

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STEP FIVE.. SEALING THE GEL STAIN

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Step five came a few days later when i got time to go back to it. I use high performance top coat by General Finishes to seal the top and add a beautiful sheen. Perfect …. Here are the links to the  STAIN and Top Coat

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions please dont hesitate to ask. You can contact me her or on my Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/Sew-Darn-Pretty-Vintage-Home-290143704340144/

ALL PRODUCTS USED ARE AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE AND IN STORE with the links in the post above.

DELIVERY NATIONWIDE FOLKS ONLY €6

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