Monday, May 2, 2016

Chicken Wire Memo Box Makeover

So you know it's a Monday when all of the following happens within the first couple of hours of being awake...
  • I turned my alarm off instead of hitting snooze which resulted in me frantically trying to get the boys and myself ready in half the time.
  • Our toilet started to flood our master bathroom.
  • My rear car doors were frozen shut (yes, in May) so I had to take the hubby's car since I couldn't load the boys in mine.
  • My oh so opinionated and cranky two year old cried the ENTIRE drive to my parent's house.
  • A truck slid on some ice, hit the car behind me and came inches from hitting me (remember--in my husband's car...)
Whew.
 
And I bring this post to you as I sit here on the train which is now delayed due to a power outage...

On a more positive note, I finished up a cute little make over on a chicken wire memo box that I found on clearance at Kohls for 3 bucks and some change. Originally I was going to stash it with my fall decor but I decided that I just couldn't wait that long to use this little cutie!
 
 
I began by removing the back which was just attached with some small nails.

 
 
I then applied a coat of espresso colored paint as my base coat. Once that dried I went over it with two coats of my DIY chalk paint in white.
 
For the edges next to the chicken wire I used a tiny brush. 
 
 
 
 
Distressing was a little tricky. There's usually no such thing as using too much pressure, but in this case I didn't want the orange to show through so I used a fine sandpaper and went very gently so that only the espresso would show through. It was kind of tough!

For the back, I debated on using scrapbook paper, fabric or paint. Since both paper and fabric would require me to leave the house, I chose paint haha. I first just used some more espresso paint.

 
But it was too dark once I got it all put back together and hung up. So I took it apart and used some cocoa colored chalkboard paint instead!  I also rubbed some white chalk on for some added interest.
 
 
My careful distressing was worth the effort because it turned out beautifully! 

 
To be completely honest with you, I don't really know what we will keep on here.  For now I just have an old picture of us and some stamps.



 
It was a super simple and quick little project. It's amazing some of the things that people will pass up in the clearance section just because it's out of season!  Even though I actually liked it before, this is much better since we get to enjoy it year round :)


Have a happy Monday peeps, I hope everyone has a better one than the one I'm having!   

 Linking up to these awesome parties!

7 comments:

  1. This is so cute, I love it! I am sure that you'll find something to put on there <3

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    1. Thank you so much Lara! Yes I know the perfect thing will come along ;)

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  2. This is super cute! You saw beyond the paint and picture and made it clean and fresh!

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    1. Thank you Colleen! It really does have a whole new feel to it now :)

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  3. Oh my! What part of the country are you in? I'm in Minnesota which is usually the icebox of the nation but even here it will be 85 tomorrow.

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    1. I'm in Colorado, we had like 4 straight days of wet snow and on Tuedsay it finally started to warm up!

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  4. I love it, it´s really nice.

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I appreciate all of your wonderful comments :)

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