Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Shhh.... An Early Christmas Surprise for Hubby!

Tonight while my sweet husband was working late at the office I was working hard to create a surprise for him - a display box to hold a few of his grandfather's (Paw Paw's) fishing lures.  I figure it can be an early Christmas present (to butter him up before my new Silhouette SD arrives in the mail!)

It all started with this little case I purchased at a yard sale in Decatur last month.  As soon as I saw the little hangy hooks inside I knew it would make the perfect lure display case.

It was originally purchased at TJ Maxx for $16.99 - so at only $5 I knew it was my kind of bargain! 

It was really in great shape but a little too white & "new looking" for me.  So, I removed the door, pulled out my 150 grit sanding sponge and went to work roughing up the edges a little to give it that distressed look that makes my heart go pitter patter.

Then I grabbed my trusty decorating companion - Valspar Mocha Glaze, and started slathering it on the case.  After letting it sit just a minute or two I wiped off the excess with an old rag, leaving it darker in the crevices and on the edges.  Then I let it dry (I HATE this part!!)

While I was impatiently waiting for the glaze to dry I pulled out the box of cherished lures.  Just the smell of the little boxes inside reminded me of how old the lures are.  I picked out six that I thought would look good in the case.

After arranging the lures in the case I made myself a cup of Earl Grey tea and sat and stared at my new creation - I couldn't wait for hubby to come home and see!

Before hanging it in his "man cave" I sat it on the kitchen counter just to get this shot - I know lures are a manly kind of thing but I just think those little fake fish are adorable!

And here it is hanging on the wall underneath the first big fish yours truly ever caught!  I really, really hope he likes it!

Sorry my pictures are not the greatest in this post - I got a new camera and I am still learning out to use it!

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lisbonlioness said...

D'you know... our local supermarket sold boxes of lures the other week, and I was SO tempted to buy them and make jewellery out of them! I think they are gorgeous (even though I don't quite get the whole idea of fishing), and your little display is awesome!

Pamela said...

What a beautiful project! A neat gift for a man who loves to fish. I think I need to start going to yard sales again.

Wanda said...

I love the kitchen makeover! I am trying to figure out how to paint my cabinets and make a few adjustments to the cabinets. Tell me about how you removed the cabinets above your microwave oven. is the white hood a real hood that vents outside or is the fan just in the new microwave oven. I want to move a cabinet above my stove and add a microwave. thanks!!