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Old 09-22-2006, 11:50 AM   #1  
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Question Altering Painted items

I just found the cutest little hanging spice rack at the thrift store for a whopping 50 cents! I want to alter it and use it in my stamp room for bottles of embossing powder and/or reinkers - they fit perfectly. It's one of those wooden ones with a metal eagle as a decoration (the eagle is going to fly away). I'm either going to cover the front of the rack with paper and leave the sides painted or the other idea I had was to paint and then use chalk ink to stamp an image on it. My question is if I use chalk ink should I use flat paint and then after stamping cover it all with a clear finish? Do I need to use flat paint if I am going to stamp with chalk ink? Will the chalk ink stick to a glossy surface? Would it be better to just use paint to stamp with?

I'll take a before picture and post when I get a chance. I think this is going to be a fun little project.
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I would think that the chalk ink would stick to about anything but I bet that it will take a longer time to dry on a glossy surface. Can you do a little test swatch to see? I would almost suggest stamping on matte paint and then using a glossy clearcoat to make it all shiney!
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good luck I painted some of these for my DD to use in their bathroom for nail polish! it was so cute I did one for me to! I even found one with tiny drawers underneath that they put misc things in! Post your creation when you are done, I may need to redo ours!
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good luck I painted some of these for my DD to use in their bathroom for nail polish! it was so cute I did one for me to! I even found one with tiny drawers underneath that they put misc things in! Post your creation when you are done, I may need to redo ours!
Did you happen to post pictures of yours? I would love to see them for inspiration. I'm not quite sure what route I want to take on this. I definitely will post pictures of before and after. Hope it looks better after I have my way with it - LOL!
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I just painted the ones for us.......I never thought about altering them..........that is until now
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