DIY: the blue fresh flowers box

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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:

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Begin sanding back around the edges and corners to reveal the green paint and also the wood for an aged look.

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Be sure to finish your boxes on the inside, in case you decide to set them on the ground or center of a table.

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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.

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I added new chrome handles to spruce it up.

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I bought red winter berry flowers to accent the blue.

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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?

 

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