An Upcyled Tissue Box Cover & A Blog Face-lift

I purchased this oak tissue box cover late last year at the thrift shop for a couple of bucks.

I had given it a couple of coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in "Old White" months ago, but wasn't quite sure how to decorate it. 

 I pulled it out today to try out a new distressing method for chalk paint that I had spotted recently on Pinterest.

Vinegar Furniture Distressing
Anne from White Lace Cottage had shared her no-sanding method of distressing furniture with water and vinegar.  I love how easily chalk paint distresses with sand paper but what a dusty mess unless you wax first, and then re-wax.  

I filled my spray bottle with half water and half white vinegar and sprayed the first side of the tissue box cover.  First, I tried rubbing with a rag (like Anne suggests), and then I tried a pot scrubber pad.  It took a while for me to get the hang of it.  The rag worked slower than I wanted, but the scrubber took the paint off a little too fast unless you were careful. I repainted the first side once, and I ended up using both the scrubber and the rag until I got the desired effect.

This method also smoothed out the brush strokes, and left a nice texture.

After I had distressed the piece to my liking, I brushed on some ASCP clear wax.

I painted an old brass drawer pull in "Old White" too.

Up-cycled Tissue Box Cover/Vinegar Distressing Method

Up-cycled Tissue Box Cover/Vinegar Distressing Method

Up-cycled Tissue Box Cover/Vinegar Distressing Method

If the drawer pull adornment looks familiar, I used a large painted pull on my re-purposed drawer plant stand HERE.

Up-cycled Tissue Box Cover/Vinegar Distressing Method

Did you notice anything new about my blog today?  After over three years of blogging, I gave my blog a much needed face-lift.  Actually, I hired Kim Six of KIM SIX FIX to update my very basic blogger template with a few more bells and whistles, and a more professional appearance.  Kim was great to work with, and I highly recommend her services!  Even if you don't need a blog makeover, go and check out Kim's blog.  She has a slew of clever DIY ideas that I know you would love.
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Thanks Kim!!!!!

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  1. Your recycle tissue box looks great and so does your new blog! Great look. Love your header.


  2. Love the makeover for your tissue box cover.

  3. Fun re-do project and the the blog re-do is great, too!

  4. The tissue box is so pretty and I love the new look. I think updating our blog once in awhile gives us an uplift ourselves!


  5. Love how the tissue box turned out.
    Great look to your blog, too!

  6. Carlene, I love love the makeover. Now I need to find one. I always pass those by but now that I want one I probably can't find one. LOL! This turned out wonderful. Love the new look of your blog. It looked great before but it is always nice to have a makeover.

  7. Adorable! You are amazing! I've been looking for things to redo at the Thrift - but, no wood things yet!

  8. I will have to try the vinegar method! Thanks for sharing!


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