We’re back today with another thrift store challenge! Would you have bought this old jewelry box? There was a time when I would have passed this one up but I’m beginning to love the old jewelry boxes as much as the bigger jewelry cabinets. I’m constantly practicing new painting techniques on these sad little castoffs. This one got a huge makeover with a paint pour technique that I was dying to try.
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Supplies Needed for Paint Pouring Technique
- 5-7 colors of paint – I used Treasure for the body.
- pouring medium
- small cups (2-4 oz)
- 1 larger cup (6-10 oz)
- tongue depressors
- sanding block
- metallic wax
How to do the Paint Pour Technique
First, I painted the jewelry cabinet (except for the top of the lid) with chalky finish paint in a dark turquoise. I used Treasure. When that was dry I added a coat of varnish.
Later I decided it was too dark and plain so I went back over it with a whitewash. I used Everlasting. When that was dry, I sanded it lightly with my sanding block.
Now for the really fun part! I taped off the part I had already painted ’cause I knew this was gonna get messy.
Now to prep the paint for the paint pour.
You’ll need a small cup for every color. Mix an equal amount of paint and pouring medium. You may have to adjust this depending on the thickness of the paint. I was using chalky finish paint and a couple of them I’ve had for a while. They were thicker so I added a bit more pouring medium. Just play around with it ’til it pours smoothly.
Mix each color individually with a tongue depressor.
Next, the part that still terrifies me. Pour all the colors into one big cup! This is called a dirty pour.
I didn’t have my tripod set up and I definitely couldn’t hold the camera while I was pouring so take a look at this short video showing the process.
See what a mess I made? Even my arms were covered in paint. But it was a LOT of fun.
I put that canvas under the jewelry box as I let the paint drip off the sides. Then I poured all the extra paint on and spread it around the canvas. Now I have a piece of art that matches my jewelry box!
The handles needed just a little freshening up to, so I used some metallic wax.
The Finished Turquoise Paint Pour Jewelry Box
And here’s how the top turned out… what do you think?
This was a lot of fun so I’m sure you’re gonna see this technique again.
More Fun Upcycle Projects
If you enjoyed this paint pour thrift store makeover, check out what everyone else did this month:
‘Til the next project,