Saturday, May 26, 2012

Antique wooden coal box restored

Burlap and French script !

You all know how I love whipping out the paint brush, but every now and then I find something that I just can't bear to paint. This antique coal box found on the Flea Market is one of them. I decided to try and restore it to its former glory, but with a twist that would tell its purpose!

Burlap, a vintage stove image & French script came to mind!

Can you see the lovely grain in the wood ?!
On the inside its covered with brown sheet metal to keep the coals hot!

After putting my paint brush away, I went in search of an image of a cast iron stove on my 2 favourite blogs for antique and vintage graphics, The Graphics Fairy and Knick of Time.

I did'nt find a cast iron stove, but  this is such a wonderful graphic of an old stove by the Graphics Fairy that I decided to use it instead !

Here it is after the make over!

 How I did it?

I sanded the piece back to remove the old varnish. I printed the graphic in 9 x 13cm and then cut out a piece of burlap in 14 x 14 cm. I frayed the edges and added some white paint to the center of the burlap piece!
(could'nt do without my paint brush after

I attached the image to the burlap with craft glue after the paint had dried and sprayed it all over with some artist matt varnish!

The French script is from The Graphics Fairy, but when I traced it, I found that it did'nt transfer at all onto the dark surface and I had to WING it, so I did it free hand with a white paint pen!

I used my craft glue again to adhere the burlap to the top of the box!

Then I gave it a few coats of mahogany stain that gave the writing a lovely aged appearance!

Hope you love my coal box with its cutest bun feet!

Now I am pooped;its been a loooong day and its after 2am in Cape Town!

Gonna sleep a hole in the!

I am linking up with The Graphics Fairy Brag Monday ! create a -new! 


  1. After 2 a.m.! You were really into this project!! It's beautiful -- you're so creative with adapting new ways to apply designs!

  2. I like the look. You did a super job.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures.

  3. I love the graphic. It gave it so much character. Gread job!

  4. Sometimes it doesn't feel right to paint over wood, does it.
    I love the graphic and the use of the script, great job !

  5. Great job - can't believe you had to freehand the script! Excellent work!


  6. Thank you for visiting my blog and following me! I am your newest follower-I love your 'frenchy' makeovers!

  7. The white paint pen is pretty amazing. And yes, I understand completely that some things can't be painted over! You did a lovely job,

  8. You must have a good instinct as to how to do a project. Going with what feels right is never a bad thing. You are very talented, love how you re-use objects and make them great. Loved the script behind the image.
    So enjoy your blog. Happy Weekend

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