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First Installment Of Breathing New Life Into Mr Key Box

Andrew has just painted the utility room (with boring ole Magnolia) but it looks clean and fresh once again.  Thanks hunny bunny you’re my hero.

This room is home to Mr Key Box but no way was I going to put him back on the wall because he was looking so tired and worn (well he is 13 years old).  Mr KB is a bog standard pine box with absolutely nothing going for him.  Decided he really needed a new lease of life so this is how he is looking so far.

Sorry folks I forgot to take a photo of him when he was in his boring pine state.

#1 pic – is at the stage when I had painted him all over with Magnolia.

#2 pic – shows the inside which used to have a piece of orange corrugated cardboard stuck to it.  That just had to go!!!

#3 pic – is where you can just see the crackle is starting to form.

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Onto the exciting part.  Bought a new rusting product from C & C which Ali Reeve from Stamps Away demonstrated  … just had to have it.  First time of using and oh wow what can I say … fantabulous or what!!!  No more using umpteen types of paint to get that rusted look this is so much quicker.

#1 pic – shows some cut grey board keys and a lock from TH Hardware Findings.  Cut each key twice then glued together to give added depth but the lock was cut three times then glued together.

#2 pic – shows the keys and lock with the grey powder on them.  What you do is dab a little of the acrylic wax onto the items then throw on the powder.

#3 pic – this is the fun bit you spray over with white vinegar (or water if you prefer) then watch the magic start to happen.

#4 pic – wow the magic is starting and it looks amazing when it’s dry.

Next installment of Mr KB will be coming to you soon!!!!

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10 Responses to “First Installment Of Breathing New Life Into Mr Key Box”

  1. Diana says:

    Oh my, can’t wait. You do so many great thing to boxes. Love the key hole.

  2. Irene Chillman says:

    Mr KB is looking gorgeous already, can’t wait to see him finished, and wow loving the rusting.
    I xx

  3. Dot says:

    OMG…I am loving this rusting technique Shirley! I can’t wait to see the finished box.
    Dot x

  4. Craftyfield says:

    So far so good! Love the rust too and I can’t wait to see how Mr Key gets on…

  5. Meggymay says:

    A great 1st installment, will be waiting patiently for the next one.
    Yvonne xx

  6. Looking really good already Shirley! Jenny x

  7. Terry says:

    I can’t wait to see the finished project, so hurry up and give us a treat! Hugs!

  8. butterfly says:

    Very promising… looking forward to the reveal!
    Alison xx

  9. coco says:

    Hi Shirl, oh yes, yes, please show us the whole magic!!! 😀 Wishing you a very happy week-end, sorry for this late catching-up, I’m a bit behind blogging at the moment… Warm hugs, Coco xxx

  10. butterfly says:

    I love that rusting powder – though a bit stinky! – and your rusted elements look fab. Looking forward to seeing Mr Key Box in all his glory soon.
    Alison xx

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