An antique gumball machine turned whimsical!
I learn something new with every newly styled gumball machine!
With this being my very first ANTIQUE gumball machine, you know there was a lesson or FIVE involved! Can we please start a gumball revolution fancy family?!
100% of my past painted gumball machines were newly ordered from Amazon.
They are relatively lightweight, easy to disassemble, and fully intact!
This one is made of cast iron, meaning it weighs A LOT, was challenging to disassemble (user error LOL), and had a large crack on the faceplate.
Preparing the gumball machine to paint
It belongs to my aunt, so saying no to the project was not an option!
Once the machine was disassembled and the remnants of gumball shells and paper wrappers were removed from the inside, I gave it a good wipe down with White Lightning and rinsed it well with water.
Since the machine is slick metal, I used Slick Stick which is my go-to primer for all slick surfaces.
You apply one coat and let it dry overnight. Then follow with a second coat the next day and allow it to dry for several hours before you begin painting.
Pro tip: I almost always apply Slick Stick with a stipple motion.
While the Slick Stick dried, I decided to tackle the large crack on the faceplate.
Using Dixie Belle Mud, I filled the large cracked area and smoothed it out as much as possible.
I allowed this to dry overnight before sanding back smooth with a fine-grit pad.
It worked beautifully!
Adding WoodUBend trim around the base always adds so much to these gumball machines.
This time, I chose to stack two trims and I’m thrilled with how it looks!
WoodUBend is easy to use. Just apply heat, add glue, and press into place.
It’s color time!
I covered the entire base with Antebellum Blue and let it dry.
An ombre effect was created by adding In the Navy to the bottom third and Peacock to the upper third, blending each into the Antebellum.
Keeping the gumball machine on a turntable helps this process.
I used the same three colors of blue to paint a WoodUBend applique that I was planning to apply to the glass globe.
The top of the gumball machine is painted in a starburst pattern using the three blues as well; however, I used a paint wash technique to soften the overall sharp edges of that design. Paint washing means adding a lot of water to paint and sometimes wiping it back slightly.
Using Titebond wood glue, I attached the gorgeous applique to the glass globe.
Make sure to heat the applique first, then press it into place. Also, make sure to cover the entire backside with glue.
I also paint the backside of the appliques on the glass, so the raw wood color does not show from the other side.
Metal leafing on the gumball machine faceplate
Now for that repaired faceplate!
I brushed on a single coat of metal leaf adhesive and waited thirty minutes.
I applied it to the screw on the top, the faceplate, and the coin handle.
Once it became full tack, I laid down the silver leaf sheets and brushed away the excess.
Metal leafing is a huge favorite of mine, and I just love an opportunity to use it!
I brushed on a single coat of metal leaf sealer to all the silver leaf areas (not the paint) to protect this finish and keep it looking fresh!
It is time to enhance the gorgeous new trim around the base and the applique on the globe.
I then used Antebellum blue in a dry brush fashion to add a bit of shadowing to the silver face plate, just to age it ever so slightly.
Gumball Machine Finishing touches
For the final and fancy finish, I sprayed a single coat of Diamond Dust to the base and the lid BEFORE putting the pieces all back together.
I coated those same pieces with a Polycrylic spray top coat in clear satin.
The machine went back together, but not without a struggle. LOL!
The old screws were slightly bent and somewhat stripped, but I finally made it work!
This machine taught me patience. With its heavy weight, I prefer to work on lighter-weight machines!
I also learned that Dixie Bell Mud could be used to fill cracks on metal that you plan to paint!
The extra effort of the heavy lifting was worth it!
I think it is gorgeous and so does my Aunt Ann!!!
I’m curious how many of you own one of these really old and heavy machines?
I’d love to know!
Get your gumball on!