August 24, 2012 by magpiemenina
Today we’re moving from one extended stay lodging place to another. Regardless, I thought I’d put up a brief DIY of a project I did this summer. It was before I considered blogging, so apologies for the lack of images. I’ll try to be clear in my directions.
Ikea Drawered Boxes into Faux Antique Specimen or Shop Cabinets
To finish the boxes, you will need:
-an Ikea Moppe drawered box (or any similar box, of course)
For the first few steps, I am indebted to Kristine at the Painted Hive.
1. Sand your box lightly. Turn the drawers around so that the notch used to open the drawer is facing the back of the box. Heavily sand the corners of the box and the new front of the drawers to give it a worn look like those on old wood furniture.
2. Select a color of wood stain. I used Minwax English Walnut. Follow the directions carefully (my Achilles heel) until you achieve the color desired. Let dry.
Now, prepare the knobs. You will need:
-6 unfinished wooden knobs, ¾” (available at most craft stores)
-Darice Metallics Antique Gold acrylic paint
-black acrylic paint
1. Lightly sand the knobs. Paint with gold paint, brushing in the same direction. Let dry, and coat again. Let dry.
2. Paint knobs with black paint. Working quickly, dab paint off with paper towel until you have achieved an antiqued look. This may take some experimentation.
Next, make the tags.
-use either: 6 pieces of paper, cut to fit (option B, see below), or 6 EK Success™ Jolee’s Boutique™ French General™ red edged tags with lines (available at Michael’s in a tag pack) -see bottom
-calligraphy dip pen
-coffee in a small spray bottle for antiquing the paper
1. Decide what to write on your tags. For one box, I was inspired by an old general store box with labels that read “corset laces,” etc. I consulted the Montgomery Ward catalog circa 1900 online for inspiration, coming up with items like “Ladies’ lace collars” and “Gents’ paper collars.” For the other box, I decided to make specimen drawers as might have been in a scientific amateur’s laboratory during the Victorian era (goes nicely with the butterfly natural history collection DIY here). These read, for example, “Specimen no. 46 Rattus norvegicus cranium and scapulae.” You could write what will actually be in the box if that suits your fance. I rearrange too much for that to be useful for me.
2. Write it. Writing in cursive with the calligraphy dip pen writing gives the tags an older look. Let dry.
3. Spray tags with coffee from about a foot away. Hope for a few splatters. (Think of it as tea-dying for paper.) You could also dip the tags in coffee if you don’t have a spray bottle.
Additionally, for option B, you will need:
-6 Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery™ Adhesive Metal Bookplates (small, in gold)
-black acrylic paint
1. Sand the bookplates. Dab black paint onto bookplates with paper towel until you’ve achieved an antiqued look. Don’t wipe the paint. It’s very important to dab it. Let dry.
Now you are finally ready to attach all of these things to the drawers!
You will need:
1. Find the middle of each box front and mark. (Again, recollect that this is not the side with the notches.) Glue the finished knobs over your mark. Let set according to directions.
2. Line up the tag or bookplate so that the middle of the tag or bookplate is centered over the knob. (Be sure the bookplate opening is pointing away from the knob so you can get the tag out at a later date if need be.) The Martha Stewart Home Office™ bookplates are self-adhesive, so you can just press them down. The French General™ paper tags can be glued down with my favorite Beacon 3-in-1 Glue™.
3. Gently sand the edges of the paper tags away from the center of the tag. This roughens up the tags and makes the edges look softer and older. Voilà! Your boxes are ready to be loaded up and displayed!