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April 11, 2012

Bow Box Makeover


I have a thing for bows.  One of my favorite pieces of jewellery is a bow bracelet I bought in Boston (say that ten times fast):


I'm trying to keep the bow obsession is check (she's not helping), but I spotted this cute box at Value Village and couldn't resist.  It isn't anything "special," but I love the shape.  The colour was fine, but it was scuffed and needed some love.  I sprayed it with a coat of primer, then multiple, thin coats of Tiffany-blue paint.  Easy-peasy (except for the waiting).

Before it was good, but could be neater:



Now it's turquoise and even sweeter:




I wish I used cotton balls.  Cotton balls would look good in this! Q-tips will have to do.  Linked up to Young & Crafty.

 
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19 comments

  1. super cute. love it in turqouise!

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  2. so cute! Is the lid plastic or metal? What kind of paint/primer did you use?

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    1. The lid is metal. I used Krylon primer and also the same brand for paint. Canadian Tire had such a limited selection, I picked the only blue: Blue Ocean Breeze.

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    2. I should mention I used their indoor/outdoor all purpose spray paint. I think they have different formulas. It dries pretty quickly, not like Tremclad.

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    3. I tried to spray paint the lids of glass jars last years (pasta jars, jam jars, etc.) and it was a total disaster. The paint crackled and peeled off. I even tried to use primer on some of them and that didn't work either. The paint wouldn't take. Any thoughts?

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    4. I had spray paint go crackly once, I think it was because I painted in the garage but it was such a humid day. Most brands have an ideal temperature and humidity needed for the application process. Also, surfaces can't be super shiny. Normally a light sand, then a prime and paint is recommended. I sometimes skip sanding (but then don't skip priming). Also, I found Krylon, when it says shake for one minute and then during, wasn't kidding around. Also, paint has to be stored in the right conditions. Maybe your paint, even in the store, was stored too cold? Some thoughts. I think a light sand would help your project, then prime and paint, following the instructions for that brand to the letter. Hope this helps!

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  3. Very cute indeed with the new turquoise paint. So sweet!

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  4. So pretty! Also, I have a total girl-crush on Jess.

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    1. I love Zooey! She's hilarious and so immensely talented.

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  5. What a great find! And your keen eye makes it even better :-) I love Value Village for these little surprises...

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  6. Cute! I actually bought some metal bow napkin rings at an antique store and I've been meaning to paint them tiffany blue for ages! What's the paint brand/colour you used?

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    1. I used Krylon primer and also the same brand for paint. Canadian Tire had such a limited selection, I picked the only blue: Blue Ocean Breeze. I usually use Tremclad but they didn't have a turquoise. This was actually pretty good paint, but I'm not sure how it will hold up to wear, so I was hesitant to name it. I hope it doesn't chip or wear . . .

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  7. mabye if you have cotton balls in there you'll use them more? Cute colour!

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  8. Reminds me of Tiffany jewelry so much! I love it. How cute. It would even be cute to put earrings or something in. I know mine are always floating around my makeup bag

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  9. What a great little box! I love the colour choice. It's amazing what you'll find at VV. Speaking of discount stores my last shopping spree was at Winners and the new Marshals (which is practically the same store!) and found so many great spring outfits! I love not paying full price for things!

    Emilie
    www.liveeatsmile.blogspot.com

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  10. i heart spray paint. tiffany blue is perfect for that cute little box. and i love your bracelet too.

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  11. Ah, we do have some things in common! Thanks for stopping by Jolie Jouel! Here's another one to add to your list: I am also Canadian!

    joliejouel.blogspot.com

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    1. Fabulous! I love meeting other Canadian bloggers :)

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