Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Another craft project
When I was looking for ideas for a nautical nursery for Little Dude, I found loads of ideas, including many I could do myself. I even made hand painted closet dividers.
One of the items I found was this sailboat tissue box cover. I think it was originally on the Land of Nod, but you can find it at this boutique now. It is very cute. It's also $44, which is a bit much.
So I decided to make my own and then promptly got sidetracked by other things. Little Dude survived with a plain square tissue box in his room. The idea lingered though, and on a whim one day, I picked up a plain wooden tissue box cover at the craft store (using a coupon, of course) and some unpainted wooden shapes. Since the nautical theme remains in Little Dude's room, I chose two sailboats and an anchor for three of the sides, and as a nod to his most favorite thing in the world, a wooden seahorse for the fourth side. (Little Dude has the Fisher Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse. His name is Keith and he goes everywhere with him.)
I let Little Dude choose the base paint color, a pretty blue called Calypso. I gave everything a good sanding and a wipe down - I find you get a much nicer finish on even the inexpensive craft wood if you sand it.
I also use a pre-painting primer, which also helps create a smoother finish. I learned my lesson about details with the closet dividers and decided to something much simpler for this project. The tissue box cover got a few coats of the blue, and I painted the wooden shapes a simple plain white. Then I used Minwax Polycrylic in a satin finish to seal both the box and the wooden shapes. I've used this on several wood projects and I really like it. After it dried for a few days, I used a hot glue gun and some heavy books to attach the wooden shapes to the sides of the tissue box.
It's a little different than the inspiration one, but I love the brighter blue (it adds a pop of color to Little Dude's room) and I think the simpler design will end up being more versatile.