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Monday, July 9, 2012

A Little Wooden Box Makeover


I pulled this little box out of the auction trash a few weeks ago.
The lid is worn on the corners but other than that, it's still in good condition.
It was nice and clean inside, so I brought it home!
I especially liked the beveled lid!
I got out my paints and put a few Queen Anne's Lace blooms
on the top.  A little trash to treasure story! :)



76 comments:

  1. Love the delicate Queen Annes Lace. Very pretty!

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    1. When I was a young carefree girl, I used to pick a bouquet of these and put it in a vase with water and food coloring. It was fun to watch the colors emerge.

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    2. I think my mom did this once and made them blue! I think they are beautiful! And they do look really lovely in bouquets...better than baby's breath, I think!

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  2. I love wooden boxes and love the work you made on this; years ago I paint some things; love made things in wood and paint.
    Really love how you make beautu anything Betsy really:))

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    1. I had to rescue it from the trash! lol....

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    2. I know and this is the amazing; you see beauty where others not; Im similar sometimes but you make best:)

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    3. It's kind of fun! and it's free...if I don't like the results, I can always take to the thrift shop.

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    4. Did you ever find a grey sweater?

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    5. Ha, I see this I find a black sweater that Im loving so much, and other melange (you know these mixed) black and grey is really beauty like rustic, I think you would live:)

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  3. Betsy, since 99% of my art is watercolor...I'm curious what kind of paint you use to put on wood? The finished product here is just precious. You couldn't have picked anything prettier than the Queen Anne's Lace...what a perfect touch, and what a special "Treasure Box". Funny how a plain wooden box can look manly, but add your touch, and it becomes elegant, and feminine. It reminds me of your blue pedicure toes..HaHa..

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    1. They are acrylic. The white was a paint marker in a fine point. The yellow and greens were done with a small brush. I also rescued a few old, worn cutting boards from the trash. Now I'm wondering if I should paint something on them? Might be fun to try!

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    2. Do you have to put a glaze on over the paint. Love cutting boards...they will be darling and decrative too.

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    3. I didn't put one on, no. But it's not going to get much wear. I guess I could spray one on..I do have a clear coat in a spray can. I'm afraid a brush might smear the flowers.

      The cutting boards are very worn with use. I'll have to get some ideas online for them. I'm sure Pinterest would have ideas!

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    1. thanks, Mary! It was a fun little evening project!

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  5. That little box reminds me of a small cedar box, I had as a child.
    My parents owned a furniture store, and it was a sample for the large cedar chests, or blanket boxes.
    Thanks for the memory, Betsy.... I an actually smell the cedar...great job with your paints...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. now that you mention it, I do believe this is cedar! I hadn't thought to smell it! ha. Although, the scent is very faint, so I'm not positive.

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    2. ok....did a little scratch inside in a hidden spot...cedar for sure! wow...thanks, Linda!

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  6. no problem...that is what I am here for!!!
    It is probably worth a few bucks, as well..

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  7. Trash to treasure
    At first may not measure
    But once you get hold
    Turns to gold
    At least figuratively
    Although real be fun to see haha

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    1. Maybe some day I'll pull a real treasure from the trash
      and when I find it make a mad dash
      to cash it in for some huge pile of dough
      and you'll be knocking on my door, don't you know!
      lol....

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    2. LOL well depends on the huge pile
      For it is many a mile
      To get to your shore
      With tolls and such galore

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    3. haha..oh, I thought you'd want to share.
      No problem, I could keep it all at my lair!
      and listen how picky you have become
      huge is HUGE...don't be so dumb.
      haha..sorry..couldn't resist and it rhymed!

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  8. Very cute!!! You're decorating really did complete the look of your find. So, what are you going to put in it?!?! :)

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    1. I don't know! It's still empty! lol....

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    2. maybe shells LOL (Im kidding Betsy) I have a lot of shells too!

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    3. Eep?? An empty box?? Oh, my OCD doesn't like that. It's too deceiving!!

      P.S. My mom made me try a bite of a strawberry on the fourth of July! I totally thought of you, but forgot to tell you!! It was a horrible experience...but my first strawberry nonetheless. lol

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    4. But your mom hsve to know you scared strawberries! This about strawberries is curious:)

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    5. OK...I decided! It's holding all of my nail polish bottles, nail file and clip. :) I sit at my desk to do my nails anyway, so it's perfect!

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  9. this looks great, such a good choice of flower, so delicate, beautifully painted, you have the best job ,,

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    1. thanks, laurie! I do wish I'd scaled it down just a bit smaller, but it's a little late now. lol....

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  10. So very pretty, Betsy (Still waiting to see you on your own HGTV show). I think we might need a tour of your house...where do you put all these beautiful things you make?

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    1. well, the box is still sitting here on my desk...but I kind of like it here, so it may stay. I have a lot of built in shelves in the dining and family rooms, so that is good...or bad....which ever way you look at it. haha.

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  11. You do such wonderful drawings and paintings, Betsy. Such a talent you have!

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    1. thanks magpie....I really enjoyed doing this one! And no bird! haha.

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  12. You have a very great talent for taking things and "helping" them to become jems.

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    1. helping them....haha. Well, if things would stop jumping in my arms and saying 'take me home' I wouldn't have so much stuff. :)

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  13. What a great find!

    You applied your magic and made it a treasure. Priceless :)

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    1. thanks, Daniel...and discovering it was cedar (thanks, Linda!) I love it even more!

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  14. It looks amazing! Have a lovely week:)
    ~Anne

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    1. thank you, anne...and thanks for stopping by! :)

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  15. A creative masterpiece as usual Betsy. I will ship some of my de-cluttering finds over to you and I suspect that you would be able to make some of that old junk look lovely again.

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    1. Well, now, that would be a lot of fun. I wish I lived next door...and not just for that reason, either! :)

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  16. Very pretty Betsy :) and I so love that view from your window.;))
    xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Zuz...I love it, too...it's beautiful in any season. I'm still waiting for a bird to eat from the feeder. Mrs. Cardinal hopped all around it yesterday but was reluctant to land on it! Maybe she'll bring Mr. back today.

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  17. nice betsy...your design on the box is really very nicely done and beautiful as well....nice transformation....

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  18. Absolutely beautiful, Betsy! You are so creative and talented.

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    1. thanks, jill....it was a nice little project to do while sitting in the air conditioning last week! This morning is lovely out...I actually have a window open!

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  20. Beautifully done! You are so talented.

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    1. thanks, Janice! hey...your CT drawing prize was fun! :)

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  21. I'm glad you rescued this pretty wood box, Betsy! I have a weakness for boxes like this. Your painted addition of the Queen Ann's Lace looks so beautiful! What will you store in it now? It looks the right size to hold some art supplies ;)

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    1. I ended up putting my nail polishes in it!

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  22. Wow, that looks beautiful! You did a great job!

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  23. That is so pretty. I have a box almost just like that one that was my mothers! I love it!

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    1. A few people have said that. I think it is old...which makes it even better, I think!

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  24. Definitely goes to prove that one woman's trash is another woman's treasure.
    I really like little boxes like that on my dresser for putting little thingies in.
    And yes, the beveled lid is an epic touch.

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    1. isn't that the truth! I'm always amazed at what people throw out....but then, again, sometimes I'm amazed at what people WON'T throw out! lol....

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  25. I have a cedar hope chest as my coffee table now so when I seen yours. I said how nice is what you did on the outside. love it.

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    1. that's a great idea to use one for a coffee table! I bet it's beautiful! And I'm so glad you foumd my blog, sparkle! :)

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  26. I am really impressed with your embellishment with a very wonderful painting. It makes the box into a special piece and you recycled it too.

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    1. thanks, larry...it was really fun to do!

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  27. Nothing gets wasted with you - such a pretty painting makes the box into an heirloom rather than trash.

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  28. SO true...one man's trash is another (wo)man's treasure...love how you recycle!! VERY pretty...and so you! =)

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  29. Very nice and so cute, love it.. tool box in a creative way made ;)

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  30. Very nice job on the box. I love your auction trash!!!

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