Finishing the Cheese Box Makeover

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It’s Friday and the first day of Fall Break for our school system!  Five whole days to get some projects done!  First on my list is finishing my cheese box makeover.  I already turned the lid into a reversible fall sign, so now it’s time to makeover the box itself.  This is what it looked like before, in case you don’t remember:

cheesebox

I put that fabric, which is layered over batting, on with hot glue.  The fabric itself was easy enough to pull off, but the batting was a different story!

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Tools Used

Just FYI, that Cricut scraper was used along with the heat gun to remove leftover hot glue!  Not just for the Cricut!tools

  • heat gun – I borrowed this one from my son, but it will be staying in my studio! (hee hee!)
  • sandpaper – I used a coarse grit and a fine grit.  I like to buy an assorted pack to be ready for whatever!
  • paint brush – This was used to dust off after using the sandpaper.
  • silver ribbon – I’d say this is optional depending on what you prefer!
  • permanent tape runner
  • spray paint – I used Krylon Cover Maxx in Ivory/Satin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting the Outside

Once I had wrangled all the fabric off the interior and pulled off most of the batting, I took it outside for a re-paint.  I used the finer sandpaper to just knock off some of the loose stuff.

outer-coat

Y’all I spent most of the day, after it was dry, removing the rest of the hot glue!  At least I got a good arm workout! Once the paint is dry, use the heat gun to bubble it up a bit.  Another FYI here, the purple spots you see showing through are because I painted this on top of a garbage bag full of yard trash.  That’s why I didn’t get the greatest coverage!  I kinda like it. (grin)

paint-bubbles

I love the texture this gave it!

texture

The Interior

I started off trying to get a “burned” effect with my hand held lighter – that’s why it’s in the picture above.  It did work on the edges some, but it really wasn’t worth the effort, so I turned back to the heat gun.  With it on the highest setting, it did scorch the wood.  Just be careful because it can set things on fire!

burning-wood2

It took a little longer on the sides, but eventually I got the effect I was looking for!

inside

Finishes

I decided to add the silver ribbon to the edges to mimic the metal banded one I saw at Time & Tide – A Collective last weekend.  It was awesome, but it was also $40!  Totally worth it, since it was an antique, but out of my budget.  I just used a permanent tape runner to adhere the ribbon to the outer edge.

lay-on-the-ribbon2

Now it’s all finished!

cheese box makeover

I plan on turning this into a shelf for the wall, but I need something to hang it with.  Maybe I’ll find something really awesome to hang it with at the 100 Mile Peanut Pickin’ Yardsale!  It’s tomorrow and I can’t wait!  I’ll be posting on Instagram about my adventures, so check it out!  Better yet, maybe I’ll see some of y’all there!

 

 

 

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