This stenciled tool box was raw wood when I found it at my favorite thrift store. It got painted once at our last painting day at my house. We wanted it pink but I didn’t think it turned out pink enough.
So out came the paints again!
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Smitten
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Carbon
- Elmer’s Craftbond Spray Adhesive
- Teresa Collins stencils, Dream (on sale at Joann.com)
- sponge brush
First, I gave it two light coats of the Chalky Finish paint. This is really more of a peachy color but I still like it better than the super light pink it was to begin with.
After the paint was dry I lightly sprayed the back of the stencil with the spray adhesive and let is sit for about 5 minutes. The adhesive will then be tacky and can easily be removed after painting. (If you apply it immediately after spraying it will be a permanent bond.)
I centered the phrase on the side of the tool box, stuck the stencil down firmly, and dabbed a small amount of paint on with my sponge brush. It doesn’t take much at all.
In fact, when I was done I thought it was too dark so I went over the wording lightly with a piece of sandpaper to soften it up a bit.
This piece won’t be getting heavy use so I didn’t finish it with anything. The chalky finish has a nice feel to it even without a varnish or wax.
I forgot to take a picture of the other side but I used another phrase off this same stencil. It says “Live Simply” on the other side.
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I might have just enough of this color to do one more project. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think I should paint next. Or maybe what color I should get next!
‘Til the next project,