Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Vintage Glovebox Design

I just love these vintage glove boxes.
 This one was a great find.
Originally a light green with a few old stains,
I hand painted it a cottage white inside and out.


These old boxes are very easy to paint and cover in 2 or 3 coats depending on the color.
The insides are usually a stiff card board, but you can paint that too if there
are not any rips or tears.

For this glove box, several coats of my favorite honeysuckle bloom  began the transformation.
I want to say, if you are ever painting on fabric to be worn, like a shirt for example, it is advisable to mix textile medium with your paint first using equal parts, medium and paint before painting on the fabric. This gives a soft movable feel to the finish. If not, the painted area would be like cardboard and not comfortable. Years ago, in the early 80's when I started in business, I painted lots of clothing for customers on sweatshirts, denim shirts and the like and this step was important. It also makes the item washable which you would want.

I usually speed up the drying time with a hair dryer
. Can't wait to get to the real fun.

Now moving on, here is the progression of the vintage glove box.
 This is where the fun begins when embellishments are added.
  I hand painted silk leaves in the same cottage cream.
All the crocheted accents are vintage pieces along with the lace ribbon.
 Vintage lace edging was used to form crocheted roses.
I used tulle and pearl trim over the vintage lace.

I just love how these old glove boxes turn out.
 Hope you will remember next time you find one treasure hunting,
~~Have Fun~~
 Celestina Marie


Valerie-Jael said...

This is totally beautiful! I do have some old gloves stashed away, but I have never seen one of the boxes - I will keep my exes open at the next flea-market! Hugs, Valerie

Hayu Maselli said...

Hello my Sweet Celestina!,
I am back, how are you?.
Thanks so much for your sweet message
your creation beautiful as always. I love those lace
Your vintage box so lovely
have a good day Darl.
big hug to you

Irene Helms Designs said...

Another amazing transformation Celeste! Now I have yet another project on my "To Do" list!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

I just found a pair of vintage leather gloves at a yard sale last Friday! ($1) I was wondering how to display them...a glove box! Who knew..not me, I have never seen one! I will be on the look out now for a glove box to embellish....hugs, Penny

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Dorthe said...

You transformed the lovely box, to a beauty, dear - how gorgeous it is now- all in soft whites- and with the bouquet of amazing flowers on top! So very sweet.
Thank you for showing this, I would have been afraid the paint would crackle- now I know I can do it!!!
Hugs, Dorthe

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

As always, this is beautiful! I never would have thought that you could paint on that fabric like that. I have a divided box made out of that fabric. Mother kept hair pins in it in a drawer. I wish it had a lid like your glove box. laurie

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Do you hear me squealing...oh, I love this...I have my daughter's little Easter gloves and my grandma's gloves....what a treasure that box would is so pretty!! Hope I see one at a sale someday!!

Createology said...

This is truly your elegant style now that you have painted and embellished this vintage glove box. Lovely Dear...

DeeDee said...


1CardCreator said...

This is just so feminine and elegant, just like your beautiful style always is. The gathering of flowers and lace on top is the ultimate in femininity. ~Diane

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh it's beautiful! I thought you were going to paint your roses on it, but love this too!!! The bulletin boards I just did reminded me of the burlap art you had hanging in your laundry sewing room!


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,
That is amazing and I like that white with the embellishments so much better than the original one!
I should have known this when I found an old box with some velvet covered old and stained fabric. Maybe that would not have worked...?
Hugs to you,

Kathy said...

This is gorgeous! I have a huge collection of glove/hankie boxes and never, ever thought of painting them. Thank you for the inspiration!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Loved this! I have the same box but mine is square and I have a matching rectangular one , without a lid but it has sections inside of it. I never thought of painting it so thanks so much for the inspiration. I now know what i will be doing with it!!


Jill said...

So beautiful! I really love reading your blog and all your wonderful creations. Such a beautiful place to visit! Have a lovely week


Ann said...

It looks really lovely
and a perfect place for delicate lovely things of yours.

Patti said...

I told you that I haven't seen a blog update come through from you in months. Every time I look at the beautiful hand-painted spoon you sent me, I think of you. And I just assumed that you had stopped blogging. For whatever reason, your blog doesn't even show on my Blogger dashboard anymore. Not sure why. BUT I was able to get here through your Blogger profile. It's nice to see that your creations are as beautiful as always!!

Blessings and hugs,

farmhouse-story said...

this looks so lovely! paint is a clever way to to hide stains--i would never have thought to do that!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Beautiful project. I never knew they could be painted. Now I will be looking for them.

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..