Thrift Store Keepsake Box – Para Paints Blog Crew Spring Fever

When the idea of a Para Paints Blog Crew Spring Fever Challenge was hatched I must admit to being a bit hesitant – I mean what would I paint? Sure, I still live in a condo with all white walls but, while I have vague ideas of what I want to do with the rooms, with school and work I simply haven’t had the chance to sit down and really figure out what colour(s) to use. I wish I was one of those people who can pick a colour out of a fan deck and immediately know that it’s the perfect colour for the space. I take a while pondering and second guessing myself and I didn’t have that much time for this project.

Anyways, once I committed (along with Meredith and Susan of Newberry Sykes, Tash and Kes from The Dream House Project,  Sabrina from the Pink Little Notebook, and Sara from Saige Wisdom) I decided that as this was a spring themed project I would try to do something fun with a used item – a renewal of something old which I thought was appropriate as spring brings a renewal of life (both for plants, and for us unfortunate humans who’ve been hiding from mean Mother Nature for months). I thought of reworking something I already had but in the end I found the perfect item at Value Village for just $1.99. Thrift Store Painted Wooden boxI’ve wanted one of these keepsake boxes since I first saw them a few years ago, but as they’re priced from $95 to $145 (US) each they are a bit too pricey for my ‘tuition-is-expensive’ pocketbook. When I saw this wooden box sitting on the shelf at the thrift store I knew what I would do with it. The box had been the recipient (victim?) of someone’s artistic touch, but I figured a bit of sanding and some primer and I’d be good to go. Famous last words.Thrift store wooden box insideI used Para BlockOut primer which worked wonders on the untreated pine of the box including a couple of knots, but strangely the little blue dots thwarted my efforts to remove them. I have a feeling the only thing that would have blocked the ink was something oil based which I didn’t have on hand since it tends to be smelly and I was painting in my dining room. As I planned to use dark paint on the top of the box and the worst of the dots were on the inside of the box (which would rarely be seen), I decided they just add a bit of character to my project. Besides – polka-dots are ‘in’ right?Wooden box painted whiteOnce I’d primed the box I added two coats of Jo Jo Whitewash (PF 17), and then it came time to tape off my borders.

I debated the size of the borders a bit, but eventually I decided that 1/2″ was the perfect size as the box is 14″ long. Taping didn’t take as long as I thought it might, and once it was completed I used an artist’s brush to paint some more Jo Jo Whitewash along the edge of the tape to try to eliminate any colour from seeping underneath. Painters tape added for the borderThe colour I chose for the box is called Rubber Boots (P5027-73D). I love the colour, but I think it was the name that sold me – can you think of a paint more perfectly named for a spring project? A couple of coats later and it was time to peel of the tape. I’ll admit to being nervous, and wondered if painting over the tape would make it hard to remove, or worse remove some of the paint entirely, but I had no trouble when I peeled it back slowly, and it revealed a crisp line.My new keepsake boxI’ve decided I’m going to store various keepsakes in the box. I’ve got some ‘First Home’ cards from when I moved into my condo, some recent birthday cards, pictures of friends and family, and a couple of pieces of jewellery (a bracelet from my Gran, a ring from my great aunt, and a bracelet I got for my first communion) that I don’t wear (but want to keep) and I think this will be the perfect place to store them all instead of in a few different places. For now my new keepsake box is sitting beside my TV, but I don’t think that will be it’s forever home I’ll probably move it to the bookcase, or maybe my bedroom. What do you think? Not bad for a thrift store box right? Wooden box Storing special keepsakesNow that you’ve seen my spring inspired paint project, I hope you’ll check out what each of the other members of the Para Paints Blog Crew created – click on the banners below. spring fever newberry sykes bannerThe Dreamhouse Spring Fever ChallengePinkLittleNotebook_SpringFeverSaige Wisdom Spring Fever Challenge BannerOnce you’ve been wowed by their projects I hope you’ll share one of your spring painting projects in the link-up below (You just have to share your project once, and it will appear of each of our blogs).

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Getting Plastered in my Dining Room

Remember back in July when I confessed that my dining room a had a small problem? That problem included globs of wallpaper glue, cracks, and a badly patched ceiling.Dining room - corner

Dining room ceilingFor my birthday my mom and dad gifted me a repaired dining room, so in late August operation #letsgetplastered begun (yes, this was finished in August and I’m just blogging about it now. I’m a bad blogger). My mom and dad are ‘the’ original DIYers so they decided that they’d try to fix it themselves first, and if that didn’t work we’d call in some hired guns for the job. Those hired guns weren’t needed.

First up my mom and I took a trip to Rona to pick up supplies. While there she introduced me to this amazing sanding block she’d seen while shopping in her hometown, and it was so helpful as we started my dining room rehabilitation by hand sanding the walls and ceiling the remove the old wallpaper glue, and try to even our some of the imperfections.

After the sanding was done it was on to a coat of primer, and then onto applying coats of spackling compound in layers to try to even out the walls. Once the last layer of spackle had been sanded it was time for another coat of primer, and then some plain white paint. The whole operation took about a week, and it was a huge success. There are still some imperfections, but it’s a thousand times better than it was, and honestly in an almost 100 year old building there isn’t a single wall that doesn’t have some character.

Teh After - My newly repaired wall and ceiling

The After – My newly repaired wall and ceiling

A New dining room deserves a  new light fixture

A new dining room deserves a new light fixture

For an unplanned bonus when lit the string light casts a neat shadow on the walls which makes any small imperfection even harder to see.

For an unplanned bonus when lit the string light casts a neat shadow on the walls which makes any small imperfection even harder to see.

I owe a HUGE thanks to my parents for my birthday present – I was going to pay someone a lot of money to fix the problem, but they’ve reminded me (again) that if you put your mind to it, have a willingness to try something new, some patience and a bit of help, there are a lot of things you can do yourself.My newly repaired dining room

PS – My apologies – an all white room is hard to photograph for a relative novice.

PPS – RONA doesn’t know I’m posting about the sanding blocks – I just loved them.

I’ve finally made a decision (I think)

Remember over two years ago when I bought those two chairs off Kijiji? My plan was to reupholster them, and well, that hasn’t happened. Yup – it’s been two years and I haven’t done anything about them in all that time. I think that makes me the ultimate in DIY blogger failures – two years of inactivity on a project – that’s just bad. Also, these lovely (and I use that term quite loosely) chairs have been sitting as is in my living room ever since I got them – I didn’t even do the smart thing and hide them away. You should know I’m literally hanging my head in shame as I’m typing.

Louis XVI style chair

One of my Kijiji Chairs complete with rather unattractive upholstery

In my defense figuring out what I wanted to do to them is HARD. Do I paint the wood, try to strip and refinish it? What type of upholstery? What colour? I’ve received a small mountains of fabric samples over time in my search for ‘the right one’. Take a look at a some of my collection.Pile of Fabric SamplesHappily I think I’ve finally made a decision. Or part of one anyways. I’ve finally picked a fabric. Hallelujah! I’ve decided to go with this fabric from Tonic Living – it’s Kukula from Robert Allen in Iris with stripes in deep purple, white, light grey, and lime green.

Robert Allen - Kukula Fabric is Iris colourway

Robert Allen – Kukula Fabric is Iris colourway

While I’m excited to finally have that decided I do have one other decision to make – what to do with the chair frame itself. I’ve decided that the chairs aren’t worth stripping and refinishing – they are by no means antiques, so I’m going to paint them. Now I’ve run into a conundrum – what colour should I paint them? I know I won’t paint them lime green (which could be fun, but most decidedly not for me), but other than that I’m unsure – deep purple, white, or grey to match the stripes, or maybe even something else? Like black perhaps?

What colour should I paint the chair frame?

What colour should I paint the chair frame?

Anyone have any suggestions? What would you do?

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