Sharing a little project I did, that I am totally crushing over. Check out how a simple hand painted graphic can really make a vintage shoe shine box stand out from the crowd. Now that’s a vintage beauty!
I picked up this vintage shoe shine box off Craigslist for a song. Originally it was just boring old Plain Jane wood, nothing special to look at, and filled with stinky old shoeshine and shoeshine brushes.
- I layered some CeCe Caldwell chalk paint in Tuscany Red, then Coal Black.
- For The Graphic I used White, and New Orleans Purple , then heavily distressed the edges with the wet cloth technique.
- The graphic I sketched on by hand with some white chalk on both sides and painted away.
- Finished it off with Annie Sloan light and Dark waxes and buffed her up nice and smooth.
I think I will enjoy her a while, I like how she turned it so much!
A Little Shoeshine History
Did you know that James Brown, and Malcom X were once shoe shiners?
Excerpt from Wikipedia:
Shoe polish was not well known as a commercial product until the early 20th century. Throughout the late 19th century shoeshine boys plied their trade on the streets, particularly those in the cities of the United Kingdom.
The earliest known daguerreotype (photograph) of a human features a man having his shoes shined in the lower corner of the print. Though the image shows Paris’ busy Boulevard du Temple, the long exposure time (about ten or twelve minutes) meant that moving traffic cannot be seen; however, the two men at lower left (one apparently having his boots polished by the other) remained still long enough to be distinctly visible.