Monday

Toy Box To Cool Spool Cabinet

This project was started about 20 years ago.

All in my head.


*Reminder for anyone whom I have not made this perfectly clear to in the last few years;

I. Can't. Sew. 
But I can paint!
Toy Box to Spool Cabinet with Maison Blanche Paint, Bliss-Ranch.com

I have not created anything with thread.

In fact I removed all the thread from the 6 vintage spools needed to make the knobs on the spool toy box.
Toy Box to Spool Cabinet with Maison Blanche Paint, Bliss-Ranch.com

This whole thing started with this sheet of decals for a spool cabinet that I bought from the VanDykes Restorers catalog for twenty dollars.

Twenty years ago for twenty bucks.

Toy Box to Spool Cabinet with Maison Blanche Paint, Bliss-Ranch.com
I saw some on Ebay last week, same price.  No inflation on decals I guess.

I waited 20 years to decide on the right project to use the decals on.  Is that procrastination at it's finest?


We have been using this heavy garage sale toy box for about two years now.

It was a ten dollar special that arrived in the family room in a very pale yellow.

Toy Box to Spool Cabinet with Maison Blanche Paint, Bliss-Ranch.com
Before and After
It holds important stuff like Rescue Hero's, a farm animal or two (thousand) and some naked dolls.

I always intended to redress the dolls and to paint the outside, but I didn't want a cute toy box - my vision was more like a cute box hiding toys.

Toy Box to Spool Cabinet with Maison Blanche Paint, Bliss-Ranch.com

I started by giving the pale yellow a couple coats of Maison Blanche paint in Wrought Iron with all the toys still inside.

There may or may not be toys inside with black paint splatters.


Brawn made some thin wood fronts to mimic an antique spool cabinet and add dimension.

The decals are a coppery-goldish metallic color, so I wanted to also give the box sort of a metallic sheen, but that part is hard to see in the photos.

Toy Box to Spool Cabinet with Maison Blanche Paint, Bliss-Ranch.com

Maison Blanch has a line of metallic paints called Organza.  I mixed some of the colors to get the copper-gold look I needed, rubbed it on and then wiped it back off.

Toy Box to Spool Cabinet with Maison Blanche Paint, Bliss-Ranch.com

I used different colors of the organza on the faux drawer fronts to give them all a well used vintage look, and I finished up with a coat of Maison Blanche dark wax.

Not too bad for disguising toys huh?

I have to take a second to tell you - this group post by myself and my Maison Blanche painting pals, is suppose to be all Spring-like and blooming, so as you read you would hear birds chirping in your head.

But it's still all brown and ugly outside.

We've got no Spring yet.

Toy Box to Spool Cabinet with Maison Blanche Paint, Bliss-Ranch.com

All I've got are some fake flowers, so lets just pretend ok?

Toy Box to Spool Cabinet with Maison Blanche Paint, Bliss-Ranch.com

At least the snow is melted and the trees are tapped - those white jugs in the sea of brown are the start of maple syrup making, which means Spring IS on it's way here.

Toy Box to Spool Cabinet with Maison Blanche Paint, Bliss-Ranch.com
Later in the week I'll give you the details of the build, like those awesome fake fronts we added as well as the spool knobs.  Oh, and the top has a graphic on it that I will show you too.

In the meantime if you are looking for projects that have a little more Spring in them, please go visit my Maison Blanch Paint Company project pals.

I know they have all created a little something and they may have even used spring colors.


Wood thread spools turned knobs {here}
Faux wood drawer fronts how too {here}



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53 comments :

  1. Well it was worth waiting for even if it took 20 years! I love it!! I want one too!

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  2. That looks so cool, Bliss - brilliant idea with the spools as knobs! Spring IS coming, we've got some green pushing through the dirt, but no blooms other than the wild crocuses so far.
    Rita C at Panoply

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  3. That is totally impressive! Love it. And I sew! Ha! It just turned out so awesome.

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  4. holy crud, bliss! you are a genius! love this!

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  5. I absolutely, positively love this, Bliss! I've wanted an old spool cabinet for a long time, and I had no idea you could even get decals, or I would have made my own too. Now, I just need to be on the lookout for the perfect chest to make one!

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  6. I love it! The decals and wood cutouts to frame them make it look like it was made to be a sewing chest!!

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  7. Fantastic. It looks great and what a good idea to add those wood cutouts to the front to give it dimension and make it look like real drawers. Perfect project! xo Diana

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  8. You are B R I L L I A N T.

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  9. You are B R I L L I A N T.

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  10. I'm quite sure that you made that for your dear, dear friend...ME. ;)
    Once again, you have created something wonderful...even if it took twenty years.

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  11. Oh my goodness, that was worth the wait. And -- 20 years? You are a girl after my own heart! I love it!!!!!!! And I want one!!!!

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  12. Awesome - I do sew, so I think I may want to copy this if I ever get my own sewing room! I have a cedar chest that would work! Gonna pin for the future!

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  13. The fake drawer fronts and those spools make it so cool! LOVE!!

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  14. I don't even have words for this. Must private message you ;)

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  15. You continue to amazing me with your furniture transformations! Seriously! Get that barber shop storefront fixed up so you can sell your amazing one-of-a-kind handmade masterpieces! You can demand top dollar, my friend! Love Love LOVE!!! :)

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  16. That is ingenious! I've always wanted one of those spool cabinets but could never find one I wanted to pay that kind of price for. I do have a toy box tho. Hmmmmmmmmm

    Thanks for the inspiration! Great job!!

    Judy

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  17. OH my gosh, Bliss...I am not worthy...
    This is so awesome. Seems like I am always using that word for your projects...but they just are.
    And I WANT ONE.

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  18. When I say I hate you...you know I love you right? :) I hate you...this turned out so freeakin amazing. I am in LOVE with it. Your 20 year plan worked out perfectly. Its so cool and a One of a Kind! Something to hand down!
    You inspire me daily lady!!
    Hugs,
    Karin

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  19. Do you ever watch the show on HGTV called Flea Market Flip? It's a favorite of mine. The host is one of the morning news anchors on GMA. Anyway, the show is about finding something at a flea market and transforming it into something else. YOU could do that! You have such talent in coming up with unique transformations. I can think of changing a color or using something in a different manner, but you take it so much further. Always fun to see what you make!

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  20. OMG it's beautiful , what an amazing job!

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  21. So cool! The spool pulls are such a neat idea!

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  22. Boy can you paint! Awesome and so unique. The spool pulls are the perfect touch. The Rescue Heroes brought back memories too. My guys are 16 and 18 and the Rescue Heroes were everywhere in our home.

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  23. Really Amazing...even though it took 20 years!

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  24. Oh my goodness, can you get some ideas in to my head! Love it!

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  25. WOW, this turned out just fantastic. I LOVE it!!!

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  26. That is one cool cabinet & you & your husband are a very talented pair! LOVE IT!!!!

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  27. I love everything about this post. I love that you created faux drawers...never would have thought of that. I really love the knobs made of spools too. So clever! But....I have to say...my favorite is the picture of the tapped trees...you know I'm loving that. Now I have to go make waffles.

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  28. Great job! Very creative. Love the faux fronts added. Gives it great detailing.

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  29. You are the rockin', knock-off QUEEN!!! LOVE it!

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  30. Super cool! Super clever! You are the queen of paint!

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  31. I LOVE IT! I'm a quilter, so this is right up my alley. I can definitely see me having one of these in my home. Thank you for not giving up on your 20 year old inspiration. It's beautiful!

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  32. WOW! I agree with the other Cheryl ... a Masterpiece. VERY NICE, Bliss.

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  33. FANTASTIC girlfriend and if the toys have a tad of paint on them who cares. This is a showstopper.

    Cindy

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  34. Wowzers! This is phenomenal!!!!

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  35. LOVE YOUR LITTLE CABINET! I WOULD LOVE TO FEATURE IT, IF THAT WOULD BE OK PLEASE LET ME KNOW,
    LAUREN

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  36. Beautifully done Bliss and Brawn. So realistic looking. How wonderful that would be in a sewing room.
    You are the greatest.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures.

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  37. Fine, we can pretend it's Spring, but there's no pretending about how awesome this piece is!!!

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  38. wow, wow, wow! I love the new look of this chest. How brilliant to hide toys in a "hidden" toy box! :)

    Can't wait to hear more details.

    gail

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  39. This is amazing! What an incredible transformation! I love it! Great job! Hugs, Leena

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  40. What an incredible job you and your husband did on this chest! Using spools as knobs was an awesome idea and the fake drawer front just take the whole piece "over the top!"
    JP

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  41. Mwahahaha....I'm far behind in my reading so I didn't have to wait for the reveal!! LOVE it!!

    -andi

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  42. Mrs. B, you and Brawn are.............

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  43. I absolutely, positively love this, Bliss! I've wanted an old spool cabinet for a long time, and I had no idea you could even get decals, or I would have made my own too. Now, I just need to be on the lookout for the perfect chest to make one. we are have some beautiful collection too, please visit my site to http://www.indo-furni.com

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  44. Oh man, I'm speechless, Bliss! That's fantastic!

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  45. That cabinet looks stunning. I can't believe it was once a toy box. The labels on each drawer add so much quality to the cabinet as well. If my wife sees this, she is sure to want one for our house.
    http://www.pinoycabinetswa.com.au

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  46. This is so beautiful! I absolutely love it!

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