This box was in my possession for many years. I used it to store beloved photos and cards. But when I was packing for the big move, I decided to give it as a gift. But not in that horrible condition.
You’ll have to forgive me for the lack of photos but I was in such a hurry to finish the project and do the packing. As you may have guessed this project was done in Greece before the move. You can see that I was in such a rush I started painting it before I had a photo.
And so today I am sharing how to give an “old world” look to a plain box. And maybe even finish packing! 😉
What I Used:
- A wooden box
- DecoArt Americana Chalky Type Paint I used a mixture of Everlasting and Treasure
- DecoArt Americana Cream Wax in Deep Brown
- A sponge
- Mod Podge
- Pages from a book
The How To:
The inside was painted the same color except for the top inside which was done in Everlasting white.
I didn’t care if it stained the color below! The more stain the better I say. I wanted the box to have a real “old world” look to it. A vintage look and this brown wax was going to make that happen. You’ll see why I wanted this in a bit.
I just cut a bit of a sponge because I didn’t have any fancy sponge brushes – remember I was in the middle of packing – and dipped it into the wax and then just dragged it across the box. In some places I went over it more and others less. I did this till I got the desired effect I wanted.
I really didn’t want to destroy the box. After all it had become a family heirloom of sorts. So I did the safe thing and decoupaged these images you see below.
It was easy to do this time (unlike some other disasters with Mod Podge) since it was basically large thick paper. I applied the Mod Podge to the paper and pressed it onto the box. Once that had dried I added two coats on top to seal the paper in. It also seals in the wax, which is a sealant so that is kind of redundant. But you want to get the same finish all over the top.
This bottom image is from a reading book for kids. It is also old, maybe from the 60’s. Now that is really making me feel old too. The boy’s overalls look great with the light turquoise of the paint.
This brown wax was a new to me product and I really enjoyed using it to get this effect. You know me, this is my idea of doing something risky! But I will definitely tackle that other idea with the paper transfer at some point in the future, now that I have a printer which actually works.
This made a great gift for a young guy! Do you like to decorate boxes and give them as gifts for storage?
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