Tuesday, June 15, 2010

~*Painted Tote*~

Hello Dear Friends! The paint brush was put to use over the last couple of days... and here is my new tote...

I just LOVE it!



I began with a base coat of black... then added a coat of red. After it was good & dry... it was sanded to distress & add age. Notice the handle... I sanded more where it 'would have been picked up over the years'. Because the scrap wood used to build the tote was already stained, there was a nice brown showing through where it was sanded. I did still go over the entire piece with my trusty, brown show polish too though. The shoe polish added more warm brown tone... but also 'waxes' the finish.



Now I have 2 pieces finished that my wonderful hubby built for me... and 2 more to go once I decide what I'm doing with them. Oh, I didn't tell you about both of them yet. You know about the other old door, frame... but Tony also made a wooden, "treasure chest" for me. It out in the garage with the base coat drying as I type.

The wool in the tote? It was purchased from Judy Cripps... aka Rustic Rugs, a couple weeks ago. I have plans to try some wool dying with the lighter wools... once they get soaking. :)

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

18 comments:

  1. Betty,
    You did a fabulous job on the tote. It looks worn by time from much use.
    Have fun dyeing your wool!

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  2. Beautiful..Love the look..I can't wait to see what you finish next..Have a great week..

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  3. OMG! How stunning! I bet you could sell a tonne of these through etsy--I know I'd want one! I don't really like dark wood, but this has such a gorgeous, warm tone--it's great! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  4. looks great!my neighbor just made me one of these as well.have a great night blessings michelle

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  5. Great job on the tote, Betty and I love the wool, too!

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  6. Looks like it's been passed down through the years. Wonderful job Betty! Can't wait to see the chest.

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  7. That looks great Betty. I saw an old one of these at a flea market once and passed it by. Wish I hadn't now. Can't wait to see the treasure box. :o)

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  8. Prim perfection there Betty! LOVE IT!!!! I always look forward to seeing what you (and Tony) are creating next! :-)

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  9. Great tote for just about anything!
    Super paint job. I like the idea of destressing where it would have been picked up.


    Melinda

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  10. Betty...great job on the tote...love the color...
    Have a great day..
    Prim hugs,
    Trena

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  11. Betty ~
    You did a great job distressing the finish on the tote. You ought to be proud of that finish!
    Pug hugs :)
    Lauren

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  12. Betty~

    That tote turned out great. I love the color. Have a wonderful evening.

    Hugs~Becky

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  13. Love how you finished the tote it is an absolute treasure!

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  14. Betty, you did a BEAUTIFUL job!!! Thanks for sharing your technique!

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  15. You did a super job on that tote. Looks like it has been sitting around for years. Love it!!
    ~Melissa~

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  16. Your tote is wonderful. Betty you are so talented!!!

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  17. Love Love Love the tote!
    Your hubbie is a talented prim artist!
    Great Job and thanks for sharing!
    Hugs,
    Kerri
    thecalicorabbit.blogspot.com

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  18. The tote looks great Betty...especially filled with wool

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