October 6, 2009Tuesday’s Retro Guest – Sara’s Restoration of Her 1950s Shadowboxes!
I love these Retro Guest Tuesdays, because we all get to see the great projects everyone has been up to! The rehab of these shadowboxes was so cool, and I am DYING over the finished product. Fantastic job, Sara, and I love the color!
OK, so I picked these Shadowboxes up at an antique store recently, and as you can see they needed a ‘leetle’ bit of help! Oddly, I bought these at 2 different antique stores right next to each other. They are almost exactly a matched, mirror image, pair except the one on the right has a little pole holding up the upper shelf. I got them for $10 each, and I *think* I saw my Mom roll her eyes at me (just a little bit) when I picked them up. 🙂 I could not help myself though, I had to have them because I knew I could make them ‘all better’. I just love that ridgy/grooved wood they used on a lot of this type of stuff back then too.
The Shadowbox with the red showing through was in the worst condition. All the white paint along the bottom was flaking off ( I think it was exposed to water at some point because I could see a faint water line) so I had to get off all the flaking paint that I could and kind of sand it down a bit. The other Shadowbox was filthy too, just no chipping paint! Yippee! So, I got them all prepped and ready to go and then I had to decide, hmmmmmmmm – what color should I paint these??? I could not go with boring old white, no way! So I thought about all the wild 50s colors I could paint these: red, pink, turquoise, yellow – nothing seemed right to me. Then I thought of my favorite swivel chair I bought at an Estate Sale, and the funky lime green/Chartreuse color. PERFECT! So I went with Rust-Oleum Key Lime Gloss!
So I painted, and I painted, and I painted, and I painted some more – then I went back to Home Depot for more paint – and paint, paint, paint, annnnnnnd I had to go back one more time! It actually took 3 cans of paint to get a decent coverage on these shadowboxes. EEPS! Hello, Home Depot! They must have thought I was tagging my neighborhood in my own special color of wacky green. I am now known at my local HD as “Sara the Key Lime Tagger”. he he! You can see in the next pic why I needed a lot of paint, it seemed like the red kept showing through. Don’t want that!
I also had to paint glass backers for these shadowboxes. These both came originally with a back. One still had the original black painted glass back, so I could only assume the other one had a glass backer as well. One trip to Ace and we came home with our new glass backer! Since one was already painted black, it just needed a touch up over some scratched areas. Here I am getting ready to paint the clear glass.
And, here are the finished black glass backers!
Hooray! I am finished with the painting, and now they just have to finish drying – I only got in a little bit of trouble for painting part of the clothesline green too :)! Oops!
And, here they are – the freshly painted and newly glass backed shadowboxes. Ta-Da!
Here they are, finally hung on the wall, in all their kitschy glory!