Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Beautiful hat boxes made from card board and wall paper border


Beautiful hat boxes made from wall paper border, glue, and an oil based poly, stain used to age them.








I have been looking for things to decorate the guest bedroom with and I remembered these cardboard boxes that I've had forever. It was a project that a friend and I were going to try, we bought some wall paper border and were going to try and make hat boxes. The border was such a thick paper so we abandoned the idea. I got sick of the boxes getting in my way so I decided I would try to make the hat boxes again.

I measured the paper to fit the boxes, cut the border to fit so all I had to do was wet the paper down really, really well and press it onto the boxes, pressing it out hard as I went around. I wasn't able to press all the wrinkles out but it turned out for the best in the long run. 

After I got all the wall border pressed on I let that dry overnight. The next day I brushed a thick coat of plain white glue covering the whole box. Again, letting it dry overnight, then I sanded them down with my little palm sander, hitting the edges and any lifted areas that didn't get completely pressed down. I then covered the boxes with a poly gel stain and let them dry overnight again.

 When I started sanding the boxes the glue started chipping off and I started to panic but I decided that it might make them look older, so I continued. I was right, once I rubbed the poly stain on, the areas that chipped off just took the stain and made my boxes look older. 

You really don't have to do a perfect job covering the boxes with the border, when you sand it down any imperfections really add to the vintage look, so it's a no fail project really! I used white glue because I didn't have Mod Podge and it worked great!

For the gray and white pattern I just ran it through the copier to get the gray and white color that I needed. I repeated the process for the gray and white boxes, sanded them, covered them with stain and then wiping it all off.

What is left is this beautiful aged patina and my boxes look very old!
























6 comments:

  1. Turned out to look really aged. You did an excellent job. Nice tutorial. Found you at Revi's and will follow to see your other great ideas.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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    1. Thank you Audrey! Thanks for checking out my blog:)

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  2. Hat boxes are always fun because they can be stacked and help the eye move around in a display rather than just straight across, up or down. Yours are so cute. I have a few I should dig out. You reminded me. :) Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. It turned out to be a fun project! Thank you for visiting my blog Michal, and thank you for your nice comment.

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  3. Serendipity! They DO look old, and so pretty. Thanks for sharing at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday! :)

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    1. Thank you Revi, and thank you for your nice comment!

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