I feel a little bit like I should apologize for today’s makeover.
I’m sure that someone put their heart into hand-painting this little wooden recipe box.
It was certainly sweet, and very well done, but maybe just a tad outdated. I’ve re-done a few of these recipe boxes over the years and I always enjoy the process.
So when I saw it in the thrift shop, I couldn’t resist buying it so I could give it a little makeover.
I started by sanding down the hand-painted flowers and then giving the box a fresh coat of Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth. After giving that a quick sanding to smooth out the surface and distress the edges, I pulled out all of my transfer scraps and just had fun decorating the box.
I started with some florals from I.O.D.’s Floral Anthology. I wrapped them around each side of the box.
As well as up and over the top.
I used a mish mash of transfers for the wording on the top, some are from re.design with prima’s Classic Vintage Labels, and some are from I.O.D.’s Label Ephemera.
The little ‘No. 4899’ on the front of the box is from a Tim Holtz transfer.
I painted the inside of the box using Dixie Belle’s Silk paint in Cactus.
I tried to stage my photos in such a way as to show that the lid is not hinged, it comes off. But just in case that wasn’t obvious so far …
You could use this as a keepsake box, or maybe a gift box filled with candies.
Or of course, you could just use this as a recipe box. I’m curious, does anyone keeps recipe cards any more? I know that I don’t, at least not at the moment. But one day (when mom’s done using them) I will hang onto my mom’s handwritten recipe cards … unless my sister takes them all! Do any of you keep family recipes that have been handed down on index cards?
You know what would be an amazing keepsake? Mom’s recipes mixed with photos of her, especially those of her cooking.
Hmmmm … I’m giving myself an idea here.
I turned a recipe box into a ‘scrapbook’ a while back,
but that time it was with travel photos …
This time around I could intermix scrapbooked index cards with actual recipe cards. I think I just came up with a great winter project idea for myself!
But I’ll keep an eye out for another box to use for that project, and then decorate it specifically for that.
So this particular box is for sale locally.
I’ll bring it into the shop, unless one of you locals want to snatch it up first in which case be sure to check my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details.
Thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co for supplying the paint used on this project.