Monday, June 11, 2012

{DIY} Faux Malachite Boxes Tutorial

Those of you that follow me on instagram got a sneak peak at this week's tutorial...

First, I need to give credit to Danika from Gorgeous Shiny Things for posting the tutorial that inspired this one. She went a few steps further than I did. Think of this as the quick and lazy way to faux malachite..

I bought two unfinished wood boxes from Hobby Lobby. They came with cheap hardware that I immediately removed. I patched the little holes left behind from that with wood glue. Then I used spray paint to prime and paint the boxes white. I was in a hurry so I did a sloppy job on the white paint. But it doesn't really matter since its going to be covered up. The paint I used for the malachite color is Luquitex in 'Deep Green.'

I just brushed the paint on, then used the jagged edge of a small piece of ripped cardboard to make the design. If you mess up its really easy to fix by painting over and re-doing it.

Bam. A set of faux malachite boxes for like $20.

50 comments:

  1. Genius! And crafty, too... Happy Monday!
    xxoo

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  2. Love this - such a great idea! The color of those boxes is absolutely gorgeous!

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  3. OH EM GEEE! I am stunned at how lovely they look!

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  4. I LOVE!!!! They like amazing. and the final photo is stunning...love it with the constellation prints (where are they from?). Styling is fab. Totally doing this...adding to my summer DIYs. How do you have time to do this with your move? you are crazy?

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  5. These look crazy good- well done Jessica!

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  6. Oh wow I used to do these faux finishes years ago! Thanks for this reminder that we can unleash our creativity in so many ways!
    xo
    Sharon

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  7. Pretty damn crafty. Color me impressed!

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  8. These look great! It's amazing what a little paint can do!

    Laura
    www.happyroostblog.com

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  9. Wohoo!! I'm so excited you posted these! Danika is amazing with her painting stuff, but these are great and EASY! :) Good job on them.

    Much Love,
    Trissta

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  10. Fantastic! Come do this on one of my dining room walls.

    www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

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  11. I'm really really jealous right now. I was planning on copying that Gorgeous Shiny Things project for my last TV segment, but I was too lazy to plan it out properly and switched it at the last min. I am really feelin these boxes and your styling reminds me of this: http://pinterest.com/pin/9007267974743120/

    which I freakin LOVE!

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  12. What!? Yes! I've been dying for malachite boxes and can't afford the ones I find. Love it!

    xx
    Kecia

    http://www.couturezooblog.com/

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  13. This is amazing!!! I'm surely going to do one soon!

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  14. Okay this is so good. I really want to do this I just don't know where it would go in my house! Maybe I'll just do it as a gift... hmm. Thanks so much for sharing! Gonna go find you on instagram now too.

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  15. Oh wow these came out amazing! A beautiful DIY!

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  16. This is the most amazing thing I have seen in a long time. I am looking forward to copying you in the near future.

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  17. This is the most amazing thing I have seen in a long time. I am looking forward to copying you in the near future.

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  18. I am so obsessed with malachite. I LOVE these!

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  19. Brilliant! You and Danika are kindred spirits! Sharing this one and hope to recreate myself!

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  20. Unbelievable, and you've styled it so gorgeously. You and Danika are kindred spirits! I'll be sharing this one!

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  21. This is awesome! Will be sharing this on Facebook. Stylish!!

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  22. I see loads of different tutorials that I vow to try (and add them to the endless list) but this one has blown me away! I can't wait to try this! Thanks!

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  23. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! this is fabulous. You really make me wanna "do myself" some stuff....

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  24. These are totally ridiculous. I've GOT to do some of these for our bedroom, stat!

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  25. Ummm loooooove. Since these things are so dang pricey, what a great job!

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  26. Ohhhh myyyy gaahhhh this is one of my fave DIY projects I've seen in a while - bravo, Jessica!! They turned out ahhh-mazing.

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  27. I have a box like that only it doesn't look nearly that awesome! I need to try this. Love!

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  28. I bet you can sell them for at least $40. :)

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  29. Just found your blog via Dayka. It is 11 pm. I need sleep. But not as much as I need to read every post you've ever written (and pin half of them). It is a sacrifice. But one worth making.

    Bernadette
    www.b3hd.blogspot.com

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  30. You are awesome. I could never do this. Looks damn good though.

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  31. Whoa, those turned out fabulous! and I am coveting your constellations prints.

    xo, Cari

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  32. Your talent astounds me and disgusts me. You are amazing!!

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  33. Those are GORGEOUS! I might need to get crafty and make my own...the ones I found online are like $200 and up!

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  34. I just love a good DIY and this is so fabulous!

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  35. So...what...I need to go get me some boxes and green paint now???? Cause...yours turned out pretty damn good!

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  36. I did the same thing a while back (just on one box, though, cause I'm lazy), but I don't think mine turned out as well as yours. You can check mine out here: http://myinteriorlife.blogspot.com/2011/11/have-malachite-thanksgiving.html

    I love your blog. Need to add you to my blogroll so I don't miss any posts. I think I already follow you on Twitter, Pinterest, etc.

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  37. LOVE this!! Added it to my round up of malachite trends.

    http://www.justthebeesknees.com/2013/08/trendy-tuesday-mad-for-malachite.html

    xo Sarah

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