mermaid letter box

i’m loving up-cycling things found on my recent trip to tennessee! here is a old crummy letter box {or,  i don’t know what it was box?!?} i always feel things like this need a little attention and tlc :) so they can start a new life as someone’s treasure….this is how it looked when i found it for .50

mermaid letter box 1

pretty sad isn’t it? (well, what you can’t see in the picture are the roughly worn edges)

so…i started off by using the annie sloan chalk paint in greek blue, then a very light top coat of old white. buff sanded it lightly to smooth out the front especially, so i could stamp on it. so, here it is after  1 ½ coats of paint.

mermaid letter box 2

then i used the adorable prima marketing doll mermaid stamp, using stampin’ up ink in crumb cake, just so i’d have a guideline to paint within. then used inktense pencils to watercolor the image and add a “watery” background.

mermaid letter box 3

next step was to try to sketch a starfish over the cut out star section to tie in my ocean theme. well…needless to say, hubbie had to pitch in on that. finally, i highlighted the mermaids tail, bra and the starfish with twinkling h2o’s (although it doesn’t show up in the picture very well, it’s glimmers in real life) last step was to wax everything with 2 coats of annie sloan clear wax and buff.

mermaid letter box 4

i’m hoping to sell this too at my upcoming craft show…so undoubtedly someone will purchase it to decorate their little girls room to hold her tiara and fairy wand, lol ;)




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2 comments on “mermaid letter box
  1. Carol Hodges says:

    She is really adorable. I’m sure she will sell quickly

  2. JJMS86 says:

    awww, thanks…she did sell…

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