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Painted Sewing Box

By: Chris ThorntonDeason
Chris ThorntonDeason
Chris ThorntonDeason

Chris Thornton-Deeson has always felt her artistic ability was greatly influenced by being raised in Alaska. It was dark when she went to school and dark when she came home. Being one of three children in a very small house, her mother always kept her and her siblings “occupied” at the kitchen table with a variety of art projects—this, her mother claims, saved her sanity.

She also feels that much of her ability is inherited. A display of artwork painted by five generations—with pieces from her grandmother, grandfather, mother, and children—adorns the walls of her living room. 

Chris worked for Delta for 15 years as a Royal ambassador. She has written 42 painting books and numerous articles. 

Add a little flair to your sewing notions storage with Delta Ceramcoat.
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Delta Ceramcoat ® Chalk - White Lace, 8 oz.
Item #04040
The warm, off-white tone of White Lace is a versatile neutral shade. Delta Chalk is an opaque paint that requires no priming and offers expert adhesion to both finished and unfinished surfaces. Perfect for projects such as furniture restoration and upcycling, this paint is specially formulated to be easily sanded and distressed. Delta Chalk’s vibrant color palette makes it easy to liven up a wide variety of home decor projects, from cabinets and walls to decorative accessories.

$7.99

Delta Ceramcoat ® Chalk - Dragonfly, 8 oz.
Item #04064
Bright and energetic, Dragonfly is a vibrant shade of blue evocative of the tropics. Delta Chalk is an opaque paint that requires no priming and offers expert adhesion to both finished and unfinished surfaces. Perfect for projects such as furniture restoration and upcycling, this paint is specially formulated to be easily sanded and distressed. Delta Chalk’s vibrant color palette makes it easy to liven up a wide variety of home decor projects, from cabinets and walls to decorative accessories.

$7.99

Delta Ceramcoat ® Wax - Clear, 8 oz.
Item #04071
Use Delta Ceramcoat Clear Wax to seal and protect your project surface. Water-based and non-toxic, Clear Wax dries clear to add a soft, protective sheen to your projects. For long lasting shine and protection, apply Clear Wax every 6 to 12 months, or as needed. Clean while wet with soap and water. Keep waxed surfaces free of moisture and heavy use for 7 days. Not for exterior use.

$7.99

Delta Ceramcoat ® Chalk - Colonial Teal, 8 oz.
Item #04074
A mix of greens and blues, Colonial Teal is a shade reminiscent of the deep ocean. Delta Chalk is an opaque paint that requires no priming and offers expert adhesion to both finished and unfinished surfaces. Perfect for projects such as furniture restoration and upcycling, this paint is specially formulated to be easily sanded and distressed. Delta Chalk’s vibrant color palette makes it easy to liven up a wide variety of home decor projects, from cabinets and walls to decorative accessories.

$7.99

FolkArt ® Chalkboard Multi-Surface Paint - Black, 8 oz.
Item #2651
Now you can create a chalkboard writing surface on wood, terra cotta, glass, ceramic, metal, fabric and other materials. FolkArt ® Chalkboard Paint is great for decorating furniture, party favors or gifts. Chalkboard Paint is easy to use—simply brush on, let dry and condition with chalk! Paint is waterbased and non-toxic.

$7.49

Other Supplies
Sewing notion box
No. 1 Script liner brush
No. 12 Flat brush
Large Flat brush
Palette Paper or foam plate
Brush basin or container for water
Paper towels
Pencil
Tracing paper
Gray graphite transfer paper
Stylus
Small Phillips screwdriver
Old toothbrush
Soft cloth
Q-tip
Medium grit sandpaper

Instructions

Preparation

Remove all of the small brace bars that hold the boxes in place.

Painting

  1. Basecoat – Paint the outside of the box bottom, the small brace bars and the uprights of the handle all Colonial Teal using a large flat brush.
  2. Paint the middle box and the inside of all boxes Dragonfly using the large brush. Paint Dragonfly on the outside of the bottom box giving it a second coat.
  3. Paint the top box and the center of the handle with a mix of equal parts Dragonfly and White Lace using the large brush. Paint the same mixture over the outside of the middle box giving it a second coat.
  4. Paint the outside of the box top with a mix of 3 parts White Lace to 1 part Dragonfly. Allow to dry.
  5. Distress – Sand all pieces heavily, removing part of the topcoat and allowing the bottom coat to show through.
  6. Reassemble – Reattach the braces to the sewing box.
  7. Splatter Painting – Using an old toothbrush splatter all pieces with thinned White Lace (thinning with water). Next, splatter paint thinned Colonial Teal over the entire surface. Allow to dry.
  8. Chalkboard Paint – Trace pattern onto tracing paper.
  9. Tape the pattern in place then transfer pattern onto the lid using gray graphite.
  10. Paint the silhouette of the sewing machine and all spools Black Chalkboard paint. Allow to dry.

Finishing

  1. Conditioning Chalkboard Paint – Allow the chalkboard painted areas to cure for 24 hours. Then very gently rub with white chalk over the entire chalkboard painted designs. Wipe clean to remove chalkboard dust.
  2. Waxing – Apply a thin layer of Clear Wax gently working the wax into the paint using a wax brush or soft cloth to the entire surface. On the lid, wrap the soft cloth around your finger or use a Q-tip for rubbing the wax onto the surface around the chalkboard areas.
  3. Allow to cure for 24 hours, then buff to desired sheen with a soft cloth.
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