For xmas I decided to it would be more fun and personal to make my hippie sister a jewelry box since she doesn't have one.
I went to Michael's where they have already make wood boxes and other things like below.
After I made hubs take off all the hardware, we decided to test the stains we plan on using for a dresser we've been working on forever that refuses to get done- cherry red and an ebony.
|First we taped the wood on top that we would later stain ebony and put down the cherry stain|
|Then we mixed a tint and a poly together in an empty sour cream cup|
|Applied the mixture on top of the stain with a sponge brush. |
After it dried we removed and ret taped, then did the ebony.
|Here's before and after tinting.|
I helped a little but most of the time I was "management" which was just as fun.
You could also paint it as well. Painting would probably be faster because the process of sanding, staining, poly-ing the whole thing took over a week, where as you could do this all in one day with paint.
We picked up some red sparkle felt with I thought a hippie would like but was sort of classy and would match with the cherry red and ebony.
When all was said and done I wrote a little note on the inside with gold paint.
Also from Michael's/Mecca, I picked up these flowers which, after practicing an arrangement, I used 3,000lb epoxy to glue them down. They ain't goin' no wheres.
|We realized later that we tinted the red too much and you couldn't tell much of a difference between that and the ebony... but now we know.|
When I called on Christmas she was so excited and really loved it- and it made me feel pretty great to make something with my hands, to to boss my husband around and have him enjoy it.