a box full of memories.

If you’ll remember, I’ve been on the hunt for a paint-able, vintage recipe box to hold my index card scrapbook for a while now.  I created the index cards back in March 2019 after seeing a post on the Miss Mustard Seed blog.

My picker Sue found a fun box back in March of this year that I thought would work to hold them, but it was too small.

But recently I came home from garage saling with a recipe box that was just the right size.  There it is under Bessie the cow.

It wasn’t particularly special, just a plain box with no extra features.  But we all know what a little paint and some transfers can do, right?

I ended up deciding to paint it with Sweet Pickens milk paint in a color called Patina.  I’d mixed the paint up for a mirror frame that I painted and I had plenty left for the box.

To be honest, it would have been much easier to just use Dixie Belle paint.  The qualities of milk paint didn’t really shine on this project.  Plus I mixed it up with a little too much water so it took 4 coats to get good coverage.

Although, I guess if you look closely, I did get a little chippy-ness around the edges.  It’s subtle, but it’s there.

The words on the front of the box are from an IOD transfer called Label Ephemera.  I had to cut some of them up and re-arrange them a bit to both fit my box, and to make better sense.  But in the end, isn’t it just perfect for a box full of travel photos?

I also added a transfer to the top of the box.

This one is from a transfer called Ephemera Collector from re.design with prima.  So I guess it’s fair to say that there is an ‘ephemera’ sort of theme here.  Also, fair warning, this is another transfer that is being retired so if you want one you should act now.

I also painted the inside of the box, and then lined the lid with the same October Afternoon scrapbook paper that I used on Monday’s box.

And as you can see, my cards fit inside perfectly!

I’d like to say that I’ll be inspired to finish up the cards now, but I know that won’t happen during the summer.  Scrapbooking has always been more of a winter activity for me.

No worries, time has been flying by so fast for me these days that winter will be here before we know it!  Right?!

Last night at midnight was the deadline to get a comment in to be eligible for the giveaway from last Friday.  I go to bed way before midnight though (early to bed, early to rise hasn’t always been my motto, but it is these days) so I haven’t actually drawn a name yet.  I’ll get that taken care of today though and announce the winner’s name on tomorrow’s post, so stay tuned!

14 thoughts on “a box full of memories.

  1. Paint + transfers = a lovely box for your treasures! I also enjoy the ability to revisit previous posts as a reminder of what you’ve done in the past. I remember being quite enamored with the postcard project. With a bit more time on my hands now, that actually seems possible. Thanks for the inspiration!


  2. Such a great makeover! This clever box now looks so “touchable” that people will be drawn to opening it and exploring the contents…which is exactly the goal! I love all your small project makeovers!


  3. Boom. One more item Quandie-fied!! I’m enjoying your daily posts SOOO much…….It’s like being an armchair traveler, but with projects! While I AM preparing myself for the day when you no longer have all these smalls to conquer or when you just plain burn out, it will have been SO fun…. (-: (-: (-:


  4. Another awesome little piece. It does seem a lot of trouble to mix up the milk paint but it has to be used on something. I have 4 packages of Miss Mustard Seeds to try on something. I think i have the map transfer somewhere in my stash.


    1. True! I think I could have saved myself some trouble by mixing the paint a little thicker in this case. I’ll have to remember that next time.


  5. Your Box is charming! I love what you did with it. I think I need one of those. 😂 On the hunt now 😊


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