My general rule is always look better than you feel. And I have to say, it works.
But why start with the jewels, when you can start with the box they’re living in? After all, a little sparkle can make all the difference. For instance, last week, my fellow scout had a birthday, this week is mine……..so in her honor, I wore the sparkly birthday gift she gave me last year. A gorgeous necklace that defies beauty at every twinkle.
Each time I walked by a window, saw myself in my computer screen reading a parent email of complaint, or even in the student bathroom where glamour is definitely not the order of the day……..i felt happy, just looking at it.
But back to the box.
This little wooden love was scouted from one of our fave thrift stops……….but we knew she had a brighter future. I mean, look at her, even stripped down she’s cute.
(OK, I will not repeat that phrase in front of my 4-year-old daughter, but you get what I mean)
We began with a good clean up and sanding. The red velvet interior needed some TLC and the exterior color was a no-brainer. I was dying to try some type of relief along her side and did so by staining the area to be stenciled. After the stain was dry, I applied a layer of contact paper and began to draw out the design. The tricky part was certainly the careful cutting of the pattern around the curves and funky lines. In addition, I was worried about the paint bleeding under the negative area so I decided to apply a coat of clear spray paint to seal the edged of the contact paper before adding the first coat of turquoise. Crazy enough…it worked. I just love how the crisp line of the floral relief came out. Hope you do too! She, and many sparkly bits to place inside, can be found in the sugarSCOUT shoppe!