Working with wood and painting are blessedly fun for me. I am so grateful for my dad’s inspiration while growing up. In college, he and I built a set of shelves for my room that still have a place in my home.
Lately, these darn little antique-looking boxes are preoccupying me. For a fuller tutorial, check out my “honey bee box.”
After the box it built, paint a green undercoat. After it dries, try this blue paint for a genuine pale antique blue effect:
Begin sanding back around the edges and corners to reveal the green paint and also the wood for an aged look.
Be sure to finish your boxes on the inside, in case you decide to set them on the ground or center of a table.
I found my stencils at JoAnn’s. Draw a very thin pencil line on a ruler, to make sure each letter, as you stencil it, is landing even to the others. Then, sand them back a little, so they fit in to the overall aged scheme.
I added new chrome handles to spruce it up.
I bought red winter berry flowers to accent the blue.
I am thinking of modge podging some graphics from the Graphics Fairy website on the inside of them. Building these little boxes is so satisfying! I like things that are functional, and not just decorative. What do you think?