A while back I decided to go to Goodwill on a whim, just to see what I could find. It turned out there were a few little treasures there – remember the embroidery hoops I used in the book page wreath? I also found a fantastic little cigar box from Nicaragua. It was in great condition and it cost $1.25. How could I say no? I didn’t take any photos of the inside, but it’s a wonderful velvety red and smells sweet and woody all at once. If you don’t already know this about me, I am a sucker for smells. I think I have sniffed every single vintage book I have ever bought. Too much information? Sorry… I just like all things old and with history, and most importantly with a story, and sometimes smells tell us a story – or they at least help us to come up with one!
Truthfully this little box could have stayed exactly the way it was, but I wanted to spice it up a bit. I kept seeing these beautiful wooden boxes at Chapters, so I had a bigger vision for this lovely $1.25 treasure.
Here is an example of the boxes I was lusting over at Chapters but did not want to pay $34.50 for (the one I really liked had a grey and white chevron pattern, but they don’t seem to have that one anymore):
I did a rough measure, taped it all up and made sure all ends of the tape were down really well. I thought about taping the edges to make sure they were all perfect also, but perfection is overrated, right?
I started with just the blue and put on about 4-5 coats of it. Yep… that many! I used Martha Stewart paint in a Satin finish. If I decide to have a shiny finish I might add a coat of clear shiny something to it…? I don’t know yet. We’ll see. The paint colours were kind of Alex’s idea and it was a total coincidence that they both have “summer” in the name. So that’s that… There are no real instructions per-say – like almost everything else I make these days, I just sort of went with it. Hope you enjoy, and maybe this will inspire someone to paint an old wooden box somewhere!