Instructables

Painting old Medicine cabinet woodgrains to highlight into cool Shadow Box

Picture of Painting old Medicine cabinet woodgrains to highlight into cool Shadow Box

What you will need :

Something to convert into a shadow box. I used an old medicine cabinet. Consider an old dart board case. Opens from the middle (doesn't have glass to see inside though)

Paint- I used blue glitter paint (blue is one of my daughters favorite colors) bought at Home Depot/Martha Stewart brand

Sand Paper, paint (I bought Navy blue glitter paint/Home Depot)

Carving tool - If you want to carve out the wood grain like I did.

Foam core board - to replace back of cabinet with/allows pictures and other "stuff" to be pinned or glued.

decorative jewels and other detailing items for inside of box/Michaels or crasft store.

screwdriver - To remove door and back of cabinet

Flat black spray - For back of project (if needed or desired)

Frame hanging kit - So you can hang your shadow box once completed.

Light source - Bought cool battery powered 3 LED light/Home Depot

Step 1: Find a suitable shadow box

I found a 1930's medicine cabinet for a song on Craiglist.

Step 2:

Picture of

Being wood, I decided to sand it down to its' original wood color.

Step 3:

Picture of

I decided to highlight the natural wood grains by carving out the lines, filling the grooves with blue glitter paint (blue is one of my daughters favorite colors) bought at Home Depot/Martha Stewart brand. I then re-sanded the wood to leave only the glitter paint in the grooves. I lightly stained the whole piece to maintain the natural wood color.

Step 4:

Picture of

I then proceeded to replace the back (old, rotting plywood) with foam core to allow for pushpins and other ways to add pictures to the inside. I also painted the inside of the box in blue glitter paint (blue is one of my daughters favorite colors) bought at Home Depot/Martha Stewart brand.

 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

This is a great! Nice job! I love looking at craigslist just for fun sometimes to see what cool things I can find :)

Thanks for the comment. Yeah, Craigslist is a great place to search for cool used items one can convert into art or other useful things. :)