Thursday, August 16, 2012

Solemn Solomon

Let introduce you to Solemn Solomon, my turquoise tool box.  Y'all have met before in my  Happy Hunting post.  After buying him at an estate clean-out sale, he lived wedged between the seats in my car for a couple of weeks.  For new readers, I am not a hoarder.  My booths are in an antique mall that is moving to the building next door so I am storing all my new stuff until the grand opening.  Honest, I would not lie.  Well, yes, I do use my car for storage sometimes, but I am not a hoarder!

 Here Solomon patiently waits his turn for beautification.  He was exceedingly patient and uttered not a word of protest at the cramped conditions.

Thus, his name Solemn Solomon!
Solomon has now moved to the screens - that means paint!  I knew way back when I saw him for the first time that he should be turquoise.

I washed him with a turquoise craft paint mixed with a little water.  I squirted the paint onto Solomon and then ran the wet brush across the surface.  

I had previously scrubbed him free of dirt, oil, and General Grime, the guy responsible for the real-life kind of distressing!

Using cinnamon-colored craft paint I stenciled his name proudly across his chest.  

As you can see here I put a faint shadow of black on one side.  I also put a faint shadow of white on the other side, but forgot to take a picture!

Now you see it!

Now you don't!

Because I have not finished yet - of course I outlined all the letters!

Next I waxed with Minwax finishing paste to bring out the luster.

A picture from above shows off Solemn Solomon's neat inside compartments!

What were those puppies doing the whole time?

Willie hunted for lizards and skinks.  

Scout was content to munch on a cluster of acorns he found.

But they generally were very good and I only got a little turquoise on Willie that wiped right off.  It's just lucky that Scout is black!

Isn't turquoise the most delightful color?  I love it against the orange of my army cot.  The orange cot was purchased several years ago.  It weighs a ton.  It sits by the pool to hold pool equipment, towels, and on pleasant days a certain Distressed Donna will cover it with a couple of comforters and snooze and read!

Why is there a turquoise (I even love saying that word!) bandana tied to Solemn Solomon?  My grandfather tied a rag to every toolbox, tackle box, lawnmower - everything.  He always said you never knew when you might need a rag! I do not go anywhere without handi-wipes or a handkerchief or a bandana or...

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  1. Very nice! and your Grandfather was a wise man!

  2. love solomon's color, donna--great lettering, too! i bet the pups think they are helping you, huh?:)

  3. Hi Donna! Turquoise is one of my favorite colors too. I love Soloman's new finish. Thanks so much for sharing your creative tips!

  4. Sweet! Love the box, the color, and the story about the bandana. :)

  5. Love that color. You did such a great job with the wash--so rustic! Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend.

  6. I absolutely love the color and rustic look of your box (Solomon)!

  7. It's gorgeous! I love the wash technique you used. The color is fabulous and Solomon will no doubt catch some lucky lady's eye if you place him in your booth. Your grandfather was brilliant. I think I'm going to definitely tie a rag to the mower and at least one or two of my toolboxes (I currently have 9 or 10). That army cot is so cool. Just love it.

  8. Donna, this turned out really neat. Thanks for sharing the technique. Love the story of the rag/handkerchief. Wise man.
    Audrey Z.

  9. What a beautiful color! Great job! I've got to find time to hit some yard sales and thrift stores soon - or wait, I guess I could work on the kitchen table and chairs that are stored in my garage awaiting paint, or the bookcase, or the nightstand, or the chalkboard currently in progress! LOL! Keep on Crafting!

  10. God you're good Donna - that looks absolutely fabulous - gorgeous color!

  11. This is the color and the bandanna is a nice added touch. Thanks for sharing the make-over. I'm thinking about some old wooden boxes I have. Gail (

  12. LOVE this finish! So different than what we normally see!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  13. I don't know who's cuter. Solomon or Scout? I say Scout with Solomon running a tight race. I would love to find a toolbox like that. Anyhoo, thanks for sharing it at my Make it Pretty Monday party! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  14. Gorgeous color! Thanks so much for sharing at my party...can't wait to see what you share this week (Saturday at 7pm). XO, Aimee


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