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How to turn a knitting/sewing box into the ultimate chip storage.

We had a customer come to us looking to surprise her husband with a custom made piece to store his potato chips. They’re his favorite. After discussing options Lisa-Marie remembered this perfect piece that we had received from the ReStore that used to be used for knitting/sewing. It was ideal because of the dual opening tops. It could hold many bags of chips with easy access. The finished look was left to Lisa-Maries imagination and the finished product couldn’t be more fun. Find out below how we achieved this warn, rustic look.

  1. As we were looking to have a rustic look and have the original wood show through the pain there was no sanding required prior to paint. Making sure that the surface is mostly clean would be the only step required for preparations with a finish like this one.
  2. Using the paint gun making sure that there is an even coat of the base color you have chosen. For this project, we used Rust-oluem Chalked ultra matte paint in linen white. When using a paint gun make sure to wear eye protection and a mask.
  3. Once that coat has dried completely we go in with the sander to remove key areas to give it a distressed look. Depending on how distressed you would like your piece to look you can do more or less sanding at this point. Make sure to wear appropriate safety gear.
  4. To add an aged look to the distress we initially went over the piece with Varathane classic paste finishing wax with a thin coat.
  5. After the finishing wax, we went over with Behr wax decorative finish. You don’t need much as you will be wiping off any excess. Covering small sections with the wax, remove any extra wax to produce a slight discoloration of the initial white paint. If you are not looking to do any stenciling, guess what you’re all done!! Yay!
  6. If you are looking to add a stencil you will need to add your stencil to the item with painters tape making sure that your paint doesn’t get anywhere you don’t want it.
  7. Using a sponge (if you are using any paint that is not spray paint) make sure you have a small amount of paint and that you are blotting and not using strokes as you want to reduce the possibility of the paint bleeding under the stencil.
  8. Once you have completed painting your stencil make sure that it dries before going in with some fine grain sanding paper to add a bit of distressed look to your freshly painted image/words.
  9. To complete the project seal it all up with another coat of the finishing wax.

Yay you’re all done. Great job!!

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