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!