Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spruced Up Music Box

I thought this little music box could use a little sprucing up.

Here's the before.  I'll be working on the box underneath it next.

I don't have photos of  the part where I decoupaged a piece of script paper on top, thought it was too dark, white washed over the entire thing, sanded the top, completely took off  the script, thought about redoing it, but decided I liked it.  So, I just finish it off with a little embellishment.

I added an ornate metal fragment I painted, and distressed.  Then, one of my vintage numbered tacks.

I used gesso for the wash.  I just brushed it on, and wiped it back.

A softer look.

See ya soon.

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  1. What could be lovelier than a music box given a shabby look! Love it.

  2. So beautiful...looks like a million bucks! Hey I saw your post over on the sidebar of "Blog Her"...congratulations!

  3. It has a much nicer aged look to it now, Rosemary!

  4. Now that is thinking outside the box...I can see doing this to a lot of those old boxes at the thrift. Great idea, thanks.

  5. It is lovely. I find a good many Florentine pieces too.

  6. So pretty Rosemary. I love the soft color and creative embellishment.


  7. I like Florentine anything a lot, I always wanted those Florentine nesting tables

    you prettied up the box for sure with your oh so famous gesso

  8. See Rosemary this is why I love you so, you have my heart with all you create, I love little and big boxes and I use to work a lot with them in styling them into little pieces of old.
    I could create right along side you day after day, to bad we were not neighbors we could shake up the town with treasure hunting to then have many sleepless nights in deep creative mode :))

    When I visit you Rosemary you truly inspire my thoughts and as I am commenting you with one eye on the screan of my commenting the other eye is eyeing up things around me I can create with that's the creative push you throw us into. :))

    Thank you for once again inspiring more out of me!

    Thank you for your encouraging visits to my place.

    A beautiful breathless spring to you filled with lots of rustic finds for you to create with.


  9. Beautiful finish!!! Thanks for the inspiration,and sharing your creativity.


  10. Beautiful, I love the embellishement too!

  11. I love the finish Roasemary! You have a beautiful creative mind and your pieces are so inspiring.

    Here's to many more fine things from Villabarnes!


  12. Lovely as usual! I went thrifting last weekend and found these little lovely metal flower candle holders and thought of you... so I'm painting a load of goods today and grabbed them and they are far from yours but I still love them! I'm gonna take a little sand paper and let the tips show through a little more and they will go on the same shelf as the sweet little rose I got from you! Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Beautiful! You're so good at stopping when something is "just right"! I love the touch of green -- very pretty!

  14. Aged and distressed to perfection! I am still in love with those numbered tacks.

  15. You do the best embellishments. Love what you do best!
    I've never used gesso but I'm going to try it.
    Thx for the inspiration.

  16. The box has so much character, and it looks fabulous with your touches!

  17. Another great job Rosemary. Happy spring to you. I love all you do and am still loving the bottles I won that I dedicated to my sister. I've kept them on my desk at work since most days I am there for 10-1/2 hours. Thank you again!!

  18. love it!! as always.

    wish I had time to play...or made better use of my time.


  19. Just love this transformation, Rosemary! You did a fabulous job! Love the metal tack with it. Wouldn't have thought to do that! Thanks always for the inspiration!!

  20. As always...another beauty.


  21. Love the softer look and it really brings out the details. So pretty!

    Enjoy your weekend.


  22. Return Visit....

    Rosemary you know how I so love your art and how creative you are, I am sending you some of what inspires me to you....perhaps in your daily-ness you to will find what inspires wings for you as what inspires your crowns.

    Lots to you


  23. Those crowns look so good aged. I think you should not share you secrets. You are so good.

  24. Simply beautiful!! I love the final result. Gorgeous...
    Debbie :)


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