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thrifted cigar box with painted herringbone patternA 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):

882709054986_hiNow for the pièce de résistance:

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cigar box pattern

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?

cigar box DIY

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!

cigar box DIY 2

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11 Comments

  1. Reply

    Deli Silva

    December 15, 2012

    I would love to have one done for me. ( it”s just a hint). Loved it.

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      thelearnerobserver

      December 17, 2012

      You got it mama!

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    twopurplecouches

    December 18, 2012

    I love this!!! Your pattern turned out beautifully!

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      thelearnerobserver

      December 18, 2012

      Thank you so much! :)

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    Gillian

    December 22, 2012

    I love this, especially the colors! What an attractive way to store something that might not be so attractive :)

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      thelearnerobserver

      December 24, 2012

      Thanks!! It’s currently holding chalk, some green wire and a marker haha but you’d never know it! shhhhh :)

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        Gillian

        December 24, 2012

        I’m always curious as to what people are stashing where…thanks for the inside scoop :)

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    Cheryl Romeril

    December 31, 2013

    I love any kind of container with a lid! Nice job Thalita!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      January 2, 2014

      Thanks Cheryl! :)

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