I really seem to have a thing for boxes. Not cardboard boxes, but wooden boxes. Preferably old wooden boxes.
Sometimes I just leave them as I find them because they are the perfect shade of green and have a deliciously shabby patina.
But most of the time I like to give them a makeover.
My favorites are those with hinged lids like old recipe card boxes …
They are quick and easy to paint and then dress up with transfers, or stencils, or old hardware …
They are the perfect project for a rainy afternoon.
I went to an estate sale with my sister a couple of weeks back and picked up a simple wooden box with a curved lid. I didn’t even take a ‘before’ photo of it because it didn’t feel like something that would be special enough to share here on the blog.
But then I added some paint, followed by a couple of transfers, and just like that it was transformed.
I started by giving it a base coat of Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy, and then added a stripe of their French Linen down the center. These two colors are the perfect companions.
Once dry, I sanded to distress and then added a Classic Vintage Label transfer from re.design with prima to the top of the box …
and a couple of bits and pieces from the IOD Label Ephemera transfer to the front.
If you’re still keeping track, this is the 8th piece I’ve done using just the one Label Ephemera transfer.
I didn’t stop there either. I also used some of re.design with prima’s decoupage tissue paper to line the inside of the box.
I adhered it using Dixie Belle’s Gator Hide, which works like a charm.
Once it was all done I loved it so much I wanted to keep it. But then I decided it would be even better to gift it to my bff. This way I can visit it every now and then at her house 😉
So I’m curious, which of these boxes is your favorite?
As always, thanks to Dixie Belle Paint Co for providing the paint and the Gator Hide used on this project, and thanks to re.design with prima for providing the Classic Vintage Label transfer used on the top of the box.