Shabby Chic Altered Button Box
Hello, Friends! I have a confession to make. I love buttons! I have a huge collection of vintage buttons in my studio. They often find their way into my card making and crafting because I love the soft patina, shape and dimension they add to a project. I had a special stash of beautiful ivory vintage buttons that I wanted to put in a special place. For my birthday this summer, my sweet granddaughter gave me a vintage wooden box. What better place to store my special button stash? The box was a little on the Plain Jane side of things, so I decided to dress it up with Little Birdie Paints, Mediums, Paper and Flowers.
I love the way it looks now! The box measures 5″ x 3″ x 3″.
I’ve added a ribbon wrap, burlap string bow, and a big vintage ivory button to the box front. To dress up the button, I added a lovely Renae Swiss Coffee flower.
The top of the box has been lined with a panel of Vintage Reflections paper, then decorated with a large blossom from the Lucille/Grape Tan flower pack. I added in more vintage buttons and some sewing notions to make the box extra cute.
The interior of the box is also lined with Vintage Reflections paper. Look how pretty my buttons are sitting inside!
So today I’m going to share just how quick and easy it is to dress up a box using Little Birdie Mixed Media Products.
Here’s what my box looked like at the beginning of this adventure. Cute, but not shabby chic!
First, I painted the entire box, inside and out with a single coat of Little Birdie Black Gesso.
When that dried, I randomly brushed on Sand Stone Chalk Paint. Then I distressed the box finish with sandpaper, and even gouged a few areas with the blade of an old pair of scissors. Next, I used a sponge to wipe on a very thin layer of white gesso. Then I let the whole thing dry for just a minute or two.
After that, I came in with a damp paper towel and scrubbed away at the paint and gesso layers. When I was happy with the way the paint finished looked, I sealed everything with a layer of Matte Heavy Gel Medium
Finally, I cut panels from the Vintage Reflections Paper Pack to fit the top, sides and interior of my box. I love the extra pattern this adds to the box finish.
Of course, the most fun part is decorating the box. I used a sewing theme, but you could do your box in a beach, steampunk, floral or any other motif. I really love the chippy, shabby chic finish I was able to achieve with the various mixed media elements.
I hope this post has given you some tips and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures!
Thanks for stopping by!