Old Wooden Box Made Over

A couple of weeks ago I went to a Threshing Bee (which I'll talk about in another post) amongst other things, there was a little flea market being held there.
 The prices were terrific and I came home with as many goodies as the children and I could carry.

A man at the flea market tried to sell me this horrible box.
I said "no thanks".
He said "how about a dollar".
"Well, okay".
It's a crime that someone spray painted this little ol' box silver and covered up the typography, but since it was so cheap I decided it was worth making over.

I slapped one coat of each of these paints on.
I didn't even have the paint dry between coats.
 I just painted one layer on top of another.

Here's how it looked after the paint dried.

Then I broke out my "fancy" new wax and used it for the first time.
I wanted the piece to look older to match the inside of the box.
(which is pretty cruddy looking)
(in a good way :)

Here's the finished product.
I filled it with wild flowers from my back yard, they are inside mini vases that you can't see.
Next summer I hope to fill it with hydrangea's.
I'm putting in some bushes this Fall.

I upgraded my picnik account (for editing photos) so I'll be trying out different textures and lighting.
Hope it doesn't annoy anybody. ;)

The Lettered Cottage


  1. I love little boxes like this. It looks cute with your flowers in it.
    That last picture is great, I haven"t upgreated on picnik yet, but I'm thinking I should.

  2. I turned out great! Need to get me some of that wax! I really really want to try to get together soon! I know you have a little one not in school, so let me know what works for you.

  3. This turned out great!
    Love what you did with it.

  4. This cute little box is now charming as well...you did a great job!

  5. I'm annoyed that you can just go out, pick up great stuff and transform it into the most charming piece in the most perfect shade of pale turquoise. With pretty garden flowers to finish it off :)

  6. Very nice color. I like the multi-layering.

  7. Just adorable! Love the colors you chose, too. :)

    xoxo laurie

  8. I love seeing sad old things brought back to life. You did a great job. x Sharon

  9. I love the way your box turned out! I've got some old boxes too, so I may try that! Great job!

  10. It is beautiful Lisa and I love the colors and finish that you used. I love picnik, it is so fun to play around with the textures.
    Have a great weekend!

  11. What an adorable box! I love it!
    And the paint and finish is fab!

  12. really lovely. want to try out the AS paints and waxes. Did you find it around here or have it shipped? Thanks, liz

  13. It looks lovely, great job beautifying it again. It looks pretty with your flowers in it :)

  14. Love the way the little box turned out. I have not tried that wax but I love the aged look it gave and I think I need to give it a try.

  15. That looks so adorable filled with all your pretty flowers.


  16. SCORE! I love the end result with your wildflowers. I'd love an occasion to get my hands on some AS Wax :)

  17. The paint job looks wonderful. I noticed there's a hint of an old logo through the silver paint in the "before" picture... I just found out that you can use a blender pen to transfer a logo from a photocopy to wood or fabric, and it worked pretty well on some crates I built.

  18. Love your charming little box! The color is beautiful! Thanks for linking up and sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  19. I absolutely love the color of this box! Would you mind telling me which order you painted the colors? Thank you! Lisa

  20. Sure! First I painted the box white to act as a primer and cover up the silver paint. Next I used the blue paint and finally the gray. I used the gray sparingly, using more on the ends than in the middle. I may not be done with the box yet. I'm thinking a stencil could be cute.....

  21. I love the technique and how it turned out!
    Hello, new follower here! I would love to have you link up with my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    The Chicken Chick