Monday, March 15, 2010

You can bank on it

I hope you’re in the mood for a little DIY day copycat action! On a recent visit to a well-known home d├ęcor “Barn” I spotted some fun antique inspired banker’s boxes. I loved them, but I knew I could make something similar for much less.

That’s how this old band aid box...

became this swanky faux banker’s box. . .
Here’s how! First, I used my trusty Rustoleum to give the box a coat of spray primer and a coat of matte nickel.
After that had a chance to dry, I mixed a tiny smidge of brown acrylic paint into a blob of black acrylic paint. I dabbed a foam brush in the paint and blotted it until only a tiny bit of paint remained on the brush. I wiped this on the box with big up and down strokes until I liked the look.
Once I had the patina I wanted, I used a tiny brush and some white paint to freehand the “No 1.” If you have a white paint pen, I highly recommend using it for this kind of thing, because my less than steady hand + perfectionism nearly ruined this project. I painted the “n” just fine, but the “1” kept getting fatter and fatter. It didn’t look right, so I tried to cover it up with some extra black paint. Of course, that looked weird too, and I ended up wiping all the paint off and starting over again. For the sake of what little sanity I have, I probably should not try to freehand anything else in the near future!
I do love how it turned out!
What should I keep in here? Secret treasure? Chocolate kisses? Love notes? Hey, Brad! I need you to write me some love notes!
What would you keep in your nifty little bank box?

<3
Hattie



8 comments:

Tracy's mom said...

Hattie,
You did a fabulous job - I haven't seen the "original" that you copied, but yours is awesome looking!

Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. said...

Clever!

Beth said...

Awesome idea! Turned out great!

Stephanie Lynn said...

Looks great! What a clever idea!

Christen said...

Really cute!! Very Pottery Barn-esque!

Jessi said...

Your banker's box came out awesome! Very nice job, and cheap. Thanks for sharing!

Laura said...

What a cute idea. I would definitely keep love notes in there!

Kathy said...

I'd keep a secret stash of cash for garage saling!