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Friday, July 29, 2011

Wooden Box

The problem with painting is you want to do it to everything you own!

I don't paint everything in my home but I have to say it gets tempting.

I know someday this will all be "out of style" and all us "painters" will be "strippers". LOL (no not that kind)

I bought this old wooden box because I knew painting was going to make it better! At one time I am sure it was loved but now it was crying for help.


I really loved the carving on top of this but you could hardly see it.


I painted it lemongrass yellow and highlighted the carving in grey. 


I distressed it but it was still to plain for me. 

Then the inspiration came from a tin I had.





I love the little bee on the front of it.

So with more grey paint I painted the front of the box.


I distressed the image and highlighted the carvings on each side. Much better!



This was a huge improvement to me!

What do you think?

Before





After

  
 So now you can use it as a small table, a bench, and storage box! The best part of this is the storage.
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20 comments:

claudia b said...

LOVE it! next time i want to try some distressing effects, and I just love the bee motif!

Kadie said...

Wow what a great job!! I wish I could paint like that.

JanetB said...

How did you copy that?

Adrianne said...

Now you just need to share with us the secrets to being a good painter... the paint job on the front looks phenomenal!! I wish I had your talents, it's gorgeous!

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Rose Petal Hollow said...

WOW you changed something "plain Jane" into a beauty.
MaryAnn

TheCrankyCrow said...

LOVE it Deneen!!! This is tying for my favorite-est make-overs of yours! I adore that little bee motif! (And your tin is awesome too!!) Great job again....(I'm beginning sound like a broken record...but you never cease to impress me!!) Have a wonderful weekend! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

stellar junk said...

Super cute!

sissie said...

OMG, we are all going to become "strippers!" LOL!

I love your wooden box images, it looks so pretty. Perfect!

hugs
sissie

Carol said...

That really turned out great. I wish I have the talent to redo furniture.

Karen said...

That is amazing, I love the bee motif I cant believe its the same piece. You are so talented!

A Vintage Green said...

Much better indeed - I am happy I found your blog (found it on Back 2 Vintage Links). I will be back to visit again.

Carol said...

I'm loving the box big time!!! I have a thing about collecting wooden boxes of all kinds :)

Ladybird Ln said...

ummm, this is so darling! So I am completely impressed did you just free hand paint it? You have some skills, I love the vintage feel, and the hinges, thanks so much for showing it off!

Carlee
www.ladybirdln.com

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

It looks great. But how did you transfer the image? You must share your genius with the rest of us.

Maggie said...

it looks fantastic, how did u get the image on the box?
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the vintage wren said...

That's a really great transformation. I love the bee design...brilliant...it goes perfectly with the wheat on top. Love it. Take Care, Carrie

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i have a couple of those bee items as well! you did a great job using it as inspiration!

Gina Mancini said...

I passed up a great deal on a beautiful cabinet because it had a similar engraving on it, like on the lid of yours, and I did not know what to do about styling it. I wish I had seen your project before then. Genious!

kayjax51 said...

I just found your blog and this beautifully refinished project via Pinterest. Do you still have a link to the graphics that you used on the front of the wooden box?

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

@kayjax I hand painted it from the box I bought for my kitchen. You may find something similar at the graphic's fairy site