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 all...lol)
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 matress...lol!
I am linking up with The Graphics Fairy Brag Monday !
e-voke...to create a -new!