From Dusty Shadow Box to Cheery Valentine Decor


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I always find it fun and cheery to add a little red and pink decor to my home.  With the winter being so long here in Canada, any pop of colour and cheer at this time of year is always welcome!

For this year’s project, I decided to use this old shadow box and make something fun out of it.

The Outside of the Shadow Box

The shadow box was really, reeeally dirty when I picked it up (can you see the fingerprints in the dust?!) but it was an easy clean.  A little wipe down and it was good to go.an old shadow box from a thrift storeWith two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Emperor’s Silk inside and out, it already looked entirely different.shadow box painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Emperor's SilkTo make this project multidimensional, I decide to paint on the glass.  I taped the “Be My Valentine” pattern onto the underside of the glass and used it as a guide to paint the lettering.

I have added the pattern for this project to the Recreated Designs Pattern shop and you can download it for free here…painting on glass for valentine art

The Inside of the Shadow Box

To add a little character to the back of the box, I used some cute scrapbooking paper.  With some spray adhesive on the back of the paper, it easily stuck to the backing that came with the box.pink paper being adhered to shadowbox backI didn’t need too much inside the box so added a little heart and some dried rosebuds and rosehips.dried rose buds and grapevine heartTo make the little heart stand out from the back of the box, 3 buttons glued together were just the right height.  The buttons aren’t visible from the front of the box but put a little space between the heart and the paper.raising up a small heart with buttons

Finishing the Shadow Box

My Valentine box didn’t need too much else to finish it except a little distressing of the edges and wax.distressing of chalk paint on shadow boxThen I filled it with the dried rosebuds and rosehips and closed it up.painting on glassIt certainly adds some cheer to my bedroom and I love the pop of red and pink.old shadow box turned Valentine artI also want to send out a very special thank you to my lovely friends Debbie and Paul for the amazing vintage metal basket that you can see at the edge of the picture.  I absolutely ❤️ ❤️ ❤️it!!old books and candles in a vintage basketWishing you all a day filled with love and cheer ❤️
Happy Valentine’s Day!

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If you missed last week’s Love Garland project, you can find it here… 

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