I’ve had this box out since Christmas. Not as décor but on deck for a makeover.
Originally the box was bright red and oh so Christmassy. I think it was a container for some candy treats we got as a gift. I had know idea what I wanted to do with it until I saw this post.
Vivienne over at The V Spot, blew me away with this tutorial on how to create faux glazed ceramic – she’s a genius that way. Vivienne is bold and a rebel – she tells us to break all the painting rules by layering paint and while the paint is still wet, coating your project with clear gloss spray paint.
The perfect technique for my red Christmas box. I used white spray paint, silver acrylic craft paint and clear gloss spray paint to give my box a new look.
I did have a few problems with my project. The original tutorial creates faux ceramic from a terra cotta pot and clay - a perfect base for the spray paint to adhere to. I started with a glazed ceramic item, dove in and spray painted it white. All was fine until the final step when I spray painted the clear gloss. Just like the straw that broke the camel’s back, the paint started to drip and expose the original red box.
I let the box dry and filled in the exposed areas with white paint and a small artist’s paint brush. Once that was dry, I gave the box another coat of gloss – this time more lightly.
I probably should have lightly sanded the box or primed it first. Oh well, it turned out fine and I can use it for a variety of things. For now, it will hold bath salts in the bathroom.
I’m amazed what a coat (or 2-3) of paint can do. And these pretty lavender bath salts and fresh lavender add just the right touch of color.
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