Friday, May 10, 2013

Shoe Shine Anyone?

The old shoe shine box I found at a college flea market last month has a fresh new look. Here it is all freshened up.....

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A good cleaning, two coats of paint, and a label from The Graphics Fairy was all it needed.  The full label was too long for the box, so I found a good cutting off point.
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Before.  It's looking a bit weary don't you think?

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Isn't that little hinge cute?  

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The top got a good cleaning with Howard Restor-A-Finish in Golden Oak (affiliate link*) and #0000 steel wool.

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No need to remove the hinges, I just painted right over them.

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I left the interior unpainted, including the original black paint, then lined the shelf and bottom with some reproduction advertising paper.   

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Ah, much better!

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33 comments:

  1. This really turned out to be a nice piece! Love the patina of the top.
    Great Job as usual! Have a great weekend!
    Loretta xx

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  2. I love that hand-rubbed finish on the top. A perfect job of sprucing up but retaining the vintage charm.

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  3. Betsy ... it is so neat! love it!!

    hugs

    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

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  4. This is an amazing makeover. I love that you left the woodtone on the top. The way you lined the inside of the box is perfect. Great job!!!

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  5. I really love the hinges, such detail! And perfect is not strong enough a word for the graphic:) Overall great job.

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  6. now that is sweet!!! great work!!!

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  7. How cute is that! I love the paper you used inside for lining...perfect! You made it special my friend!

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  8. Very Nice! I do like the added label and paper inside. No creativity here today - had to play catch up on other duties.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  9. Lovely! That shoe advert is perfect! I think the liner paper is amazing, it looks soooo old.

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  10. Wow you really made that shine....no pun intended! Really a beautiful piece!
    xx
    Anne

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  11. Wow you really made that shine....no pun intended! Really a beautiful piece!
    xx
    Anne

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  12. It's lovely -- thank you for tips on how you did it!

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  13. Such a transformation, Betsy...it looks wonderful!

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  14. Now that is a good change for sure! So cute!!!

    Linda

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  15. Ah much better ..Is right! Adorable! I have had a few of those over the years and never did anything with them. so cute to paint and put on a shoe label...You are the cleverest girl in the land!!!

    Carol

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  16. It looks so nice! I love that you left the top natural and added the vintage style graphics. You even thought of a cute way to redo the inside! I just love it! xoxo

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  17. Absolutely beautiful transformation from plain to spectacular!

    Irene

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  18. Hey, I like the new look. Trisha

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  19. Great job! I saw one of these last weekend, now I wish I had bought it!! So pretty!

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  20. Love it all! My fav? the inside! Have a great Mother's Day!

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  21. Such a great job! Love the detail on it and it looks wonderful all freshen up! :) Have a great weekend! xo Holly

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  22. So much better! Those old shoe shine boxes have so much character but are lacking in the polish and shine department oddly enough. You made that one come back to life with the time, love and tenderness you gave it. It's a show stopper now!
    Liz

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  23. What a perfect graphic for a shoe shine box. I love the finished product.

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  24. Hi Betsy! Not just much better, it was way way way best!

    I'm catching up with your posts ;)

    Happy Mother's Day!

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  25. LOV this! The graphics are the perfect touch!
    Susan

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  26. This looks amazing! I love it! I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and follow me back! Nicole

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  27. I love this. I have seen those from time to time but never looked inside one of them...wow, I love the little shelves. This is so cute. Next time I see one I'll have to look a little closer. SO cute

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  28. And by the way...did you sell this? I would be interested in it if it is for sale....my email is lmurr@utk.edu

    Thanks

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  29. Much better indeed.....it is gorgeous! The graphic is the perfect touch!
    Jane

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  30. Much better....I'll say! I am always amazed at how you can see that finished vision through the "as is" piece. Looks great!

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