Saturday, 21 September 2013

Cane toy box transformation

Just thought I’d update you on what I have been working on in my spare time. I’m always searching eBay for bargains and a few weeks ago I spotted this one for $20. It is a cane chest or toy box from around the 70s or 80s. I had one almost the same as a child that I still have in a spare room. However I wanted to make one white to suit the nursery for baby and I really didn’t want to ‘destroy’ my childhood one. I got my materials from my local hard stores. Here is how I did it.

  • Cane Chest
  • 2 paintbrushes - Large and children brush $4
  • White Primmer Paint – small can $8
  • High gloss Oil Paint white– – small can $7
  • Paint Drop Sheet $1.
  • Turpentine bottle $3 

1.    Decide on piece of furniture you wish to transform or upcycle.

2.   Cane has a lot of surface area that catches dust. Wash and clean inside and outside of chest. I even hosed the chest down outside to remove any leftover dust. This helps the paint adhere to the cane.

3.   Find a dry airy place to paint your chest. You will need a drop sheet or rag that will cover the ground below if you wish to protect it from paint. Oil paint is very hard to get out of carpet! Make sure you have good ventilation and open the windows if possible. I painted in the garage away from my pets and baby.

4.   Once you have set up and put gloves on, you can start applying the primmer paint. You will need to make sure you cover the whole surface area of the chest. I started off with a normal size paintbrush to cover the majority of the chest. Afterwards I used a small children’s paintbrush to get into the small bits where the cane crosses over each other. Let it dry overnight or as long as it takes. You may need to cover with a second coat if the varnish is thick.

5.  After allowing it to dry, I then applied the first coat of oil paint. As the primmer I used was a white colour, I didn’t need two coats of oil. The white primmer helped to make my white paint a brighter shade. If your primmer is not white, it just means you may need two or three coats of white oil paint. Then I did the same as last time, using the larger brush first and then using a smaller brush. Once you have completed the first coat, make sure you put the brushes in a can or jar with turpentine covering up the top of the paint on the brushes. This will mean you can reuse the brushes with oil paint. Allow to dry overnight or as long as it takes.

6.  The next day I did some touch ups and it was finished. I cleaned the brushes in turpentine and put them away. I made sure the lids were tight on my paint, as I may use them again on another project. Once everything was put safely back away, I let the chest dry out for a few days and to reduce the residual oil paint smell.

7.  Then it was ready to go in baby’s nursery! We filled it with his toys and he just loves it!

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