Once upon a time, a number of years ago, I found and bought an old, dirty dingy wooden box at a flea market. Not having a clue what to do with it or how I was going to use it, it stayed in storage. In fact, in was in storage for so long, I forgot about it and when I saw my cookbooks lined up on our kitchen counter, I thought to myself that I need to look for a wood box to corral these books in so they don’t look like a lot of clutter on my counter. I really was looking around for a box with a certain length and a certain depth and height. And then B-I-N-G-O, a thought went off in my head. Didn’t I buy a box a number of years ago and if I did, where is it? Remember, we had moved and I don’t recall seeing one. Mr. Cottage said there was a box in our storage barn at the cottage. When I finally saw it and measured it, it was the perfect size in every direction.
So I scrubbed it as best as I could
Not once, but two to three times to get it really cleaned up and presentable for our kitchen.
But it didn’t clean up the way I wanted it to.
So I decided to whitewash it, with part paint and part water, and I still wasn’t happy. So I added a second coat of whitewash and decided to call it good.
Then I took my Black & Decker sander that Mr. Cottage bought for me a few years ago, and lightly sanded the sides and edges.
After contemplating awhile, I decided to paint Farmers Market on the front of it and Farm Fresh on the one end.
There’s actually a number of ways to do this. If you happen to have a Silhouette Cameo or a Cricut, you can skip the painting and apply vinyl stickers. There’s also stencils you can purchase, or you can do what I did, find the fonts you want and the sizes and print them from your computer. Then you can use transfer or graphite paper to trace over OR rub the back side of the paper that your words are printed on with a number 2 pencil, tape the paper to your wood, making sure everything is straight and even, and trace around the edges of each word. I happened to use graphite paper.
Then start painting with black craft paint. See mine above and below.
When everything has dried and cured well, take the sander and lightly sand over the words that you so carefully painted. YUP , you’re are going to rough up your great job of painting! If you used vinyl lettering, skip the sanding!
I wanted to give it that old-time look and I think I achieved it.
I also achieved a great way to corral all my cookbooks and address book so it looks neat and clean on our kitchen counter now.
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