the biscuit box.

You might remember this simple wooden recipe box from one of my thrifting hauls in February.

There’s nothing particularly special about it.  I just really enjoy giving these small sorts of boxes a new look, so I tend to grab them when I see them (except apparently when I’m visiting my mom and don’t want to pack it in my suitcase, kind of regretting passing that one up now).

I gave it a light sanding with 220 grit, then I cleaned it and followed that up with two coats of Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy.  Once the paint was dry, I sanded the edges to distress them a bit and then wiped away the dust.

Then came the fun part, pulling out all of my transfers and deciding what to use on this box.

Originally I was going to go with something more colorful, but I ended up picking out a subdued floral from I.O.D.’s Brocante transfer to begin with.

But before I applied that floral to the left side of the box, I filled in the other half of the front of the box with some wording from with prima’s Paris Valley transfer and then layered the floral over it.

The Brocante floral went up and over to the top of the box.

Then I filled in the opposite corner with some of I.O.D.’s Floral Anthology transfer.

The transfers from the top and front of the box wrapped around to the sides a bit.

And I added a bit more to one of the sides using transfer scraps I had on hand.

Once again I didn’t bother to paint the interior this time around because it was in great condition.  I did line the box with some scrapbook paper though.

This size box is perfect for storing a pile of old black and white photos.

If you happen to have some that you need to protect from the elements a bit.

II think the box itself has that old sepia/black and white sort of look, with just a touch of hand-tinting on the top, don’t you?

By the way, here’s a follow up on the bleed-thru boxes that I shared back in early February.

The majority of you suggested that I go ahead and try to sell them ‘as is’, so I did.  I’m happy to report that they both sold.

I do want to be careful to note here that I wouldn’t recommend trying to sell furniture with bleed-thru though.  If you have stains or wood tannins bleeding through your paint on furniture, you should that Dixie Belle B.O.S.S. out and seal your piece and then paint it again.

Also, as I noted in that post, it was the final clear flat coat that drew those wood tannins through the paint.  So this time around I opted to topcoat the biscuit box with clear wax, although I don’t think this box would have been a bleeder anyway.  Still, better safe than sorry, right?

In the meantime, how do you like the biscuit box?  I plan to take this one into the shop, unless one of you locals wants to snatch it up first.  If so, be sure to check out my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details.

Thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co for supplying the paint used for this project.

11 thoughts on “the biscuit box.

  1. Love this! Perfect for recipes too and cards you want to save. Love the subtle designs with a little color. Just love typography on these boxes.


  2. Oh, how attractive this box turned out! Whole it is such a useful size for so many things, it would be a lovely decoration even if empty. You always have such an eye for choosing and combining transfers.


  3. Very cute! Good advice on the bleed-thru, but I did actually sell a tiered table that bled-thru – it looked kind of cool and pink and it sold quickly believe it or not!! I do seal now though, lesson learned!


  4. I so look forward to a notification in my email that you have a new post! I cant tell how big the red cabinet is but was thinking if you remove the door and make it an open shelf, it may not look so top heavy.


    1. I think you might be right about that Mary. I wonder if I could move the door to the bottom section instead of the top?? I may have to ask my handyman to take a look at that.


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