Every time I paint a box lately I don’t bother with a before photo because I think ‘no one wants to see another painted box on my blog,’ so I don’t plan to blog about it. Instead, my usual plan is to give it a quick makeover and then take it to Reclaiming Beautiful to sell.
And then it turns out like this …
and I realize that I really do want to share it with you guys.
Even if the bulk of you aren’t all that interested and really only want to see furniture.
But you know what? This technique would translate well to furniture, so maybe this post does have some value for those of you who are furniture refinishers. And in fact, it inspired me to do something entirely different than originally planned on a little washstand I’ve been working on. I’ll be sharing that later in the week, so you’ll see what I mean.
But in the meantime, I’ll share what I did with this box. It started out as just a plain wooden recipe box. I painted it with Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth first and once two coats of paint were dry, I sanded the edges to distress.
Next I pulled out a bunch of transfer scraps to see what I could cobble together for this small box. I started out with the wording, and that came from the Paris Valley transfer from re.design with prima. Once I had the wording transfers on, I decided to add some florals so I pulled out the Redoute 4 transfer from IOD.
I have to say, I fully appreciate the irony here. I gave up being a re.design with prima brand ambassador because they were doing so many floral designs and not enough words. And here I am using their words, and IOD’s florals. Go figure.
But I have to say, this rose transfer from IOD is the perfect floral for me. The colors are slightly faded, and I love that the transfer has a distressed look with scratches built in.
That distressed look might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it definitely is mine.
By the way, if you aren’t familiar with this transfer you might be surprised to find that it’s quite large (24″ x 33″) and the full transfer looks like this …
I just used the flowers from the upper right corner. I suspect that when I’m done with this transfer I may have a few leafy stems left over that I never use, but we’ll see.
This transfer costs around $30, but I’ve found a local retailer now so at least I don’t have to pay shipping. I can use it on multiple pieces so that helps distribute the cost, but buying the entire transfer for one little box would be cost prohibitive in my opinion. If I use it on four little boxes, that’s just $7.50 per box though.
I wrapped the floral design around the sides of my box.
I had to separate some of the elements and re-arrange them to make this work, like the two rose buds shown above.
I love working on little projects like these. They are quick and easy and they allow me to test out some ideas without committing to them on a big piece of furniture. I can also use up some scraps left over from other projects. As I mentioned earlier, this one provided a jumping off point for a piece of furniture I’ll be sharing later in the week, so be sure to stay tuned.
But in the meantime, tell me … floral, yes or no?