You read that right.... I went shopping in my garage and look what made its way back into the house! Poor thing! It was seeking solace with all the other "stuff" I had piled together. I had high hopes of having a garage sale with the intentions of preparing to downsize. Neither one is happening quickly so there sat the Tom Thumb cash register looking all forlorn! Then, it hit me..... ok, the green is soooo not me... I have no intentions of taking it apart for the metal
number plates.... but it could be really cute in my studio. Just needed some fixin' up! Filled with inspiration, I quickly snatched it and headed back into the house!
The result? Meet the "after" version of a vintage Tom Thumb cash register!
Here is what I did. Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and Annie
Sloan wax, in clear and dark brown....
... I had at it! Yes, I have jumped on the Annie Sloan paint product bandwagon and felt this was the right product to use on metal. No need to prep as it adheres beautifully! After painting two coats (dry time is amazingly fast), I gently rubbed a bit of the paint off of the corners and edges to give it that time worn effect. Next came clear wax, buffed, dark brown wax (be stringent on this as a little goes a long way) and buffed once again. There you have it!
However, now that I had covered the Crayola Crayon Green on the outside, the inside of the cash drawer screamed with blazing, Sunny Yellow! Hmmmm... needed to correct that. I tediously glued paper from a vintage, french grammer book onto all surfaces.
I was so tickled with the transformation! It sat on my studio table looking very demure. Almost to the point where I needed to remind this girl, she needed to stop accepting sweetness and speak up! She needed that bit of sparkle! With help from a label image found at The Graphics Fairy site ..... http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com ... plus, my creating the wording to insert in the center, this girl was starting to vamp it up with some oohhh, la, la!!
All I can say is that I'm glad I had a change of heart on this treasure. I knew I loved it when I first found it. After all, can anyone pass this by without pressing down on the numbers just to get it make that metal, clickitty sound? Or punch down on the red button knowing the loud DING! would sound and the drawer would spring open? Love It!!!
A makeover story that makes me smile every time I pass by!!