Firstly, I apologise for not thinking to take “before” photos, as I started this before posting about it on Facebook, and hadn’t anticipated the interest shown. I will remember to take before shots on future projects.
OK, I bought this jewellery box….ooh, at least 20 years ago from Argos. There was nothing wrong with it other than being boring brown wood, so looking for a small project, I set about changing it. The process was simple and straightforward.
- Disassemble box, removing hinges and brackets that hold the glass in the lid.
- Sand lightly to give a key, then wipe over with white vinegar to remove any traces of grease or polish.
- Apply chalk paint and leave to dry.
- When dry, sand back lightly to leave small worn patches.
- Apply hot fix decals and leave 24 hours.
- Lightly rub the decals with fine wire wool to distress slightly, then apply a coat of Antique Wax. Leave overnight.
- Buff to get a satin sheen on the paint.
- Apply a small amount of copper gilt cream to the inside edge of the lid, leave 24 hours, then buff.
- Clean glass well to remove any dust and grease.
- Apply gilding size and leave a few minutes to go tacky.
- Carefully apply copper leaf, and rub down lightly with a soft cloth. Leave 24 hours.
- To take the shine off the underside of the leaf, I haphazardly rubbed over it with a mix of bronze and copper gilt cream.
- Leave 24 hours then buff.
There was no closure on the box, so I also added a hasp as a finishing touch.
The flower motif on the glass was already there.