The French Inspired Keepsake Box is the perfect place to store precious memories for years to come.
I started with the Cornice Box, which I lightly white washed in a soft gray chalky finish, stenciled and slightly distressed, for a warm vintage-feel home decor piece with a soft timeless finish.
- Walnut Hollow Unfinished Wood Box, Cornice
- Deco Art Americana Decor Stencil, The French Inn
- Deco Art Americana Decor Stencil, Old French Script
- Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Pain; Relic & Everlasting, Romance
- Deco Art Metallic Lustre Champagne Ice
- Brass Knobs
- Paint Brush and Stencil Brush
- Very Fine Sanding Block
- Black Spray Paint
- Clean Soft Rag for wiping
- Removable Painter’s Tape
- Decorative Scrapbook Paper from Blue Fern Studios
- Paint the cornice box with “Relic” Chalky Finish paint. (inside and out)
- Lightly sand the box to smooth out the finish.
- Add a small bit of water to “Everlasting” paint and give the box a quick white wash.
- Rub excess paint off the box with a clean soft rag for a slightly distressed look.
- Position “The French Inn” stencil over the top of the box. Secure the stencil in place with the painters tape to prevent slipping. Use stipple brush to apply a mix of Relic, Romance & Everlasting paint to the decorative element in the center of the stencil.
- Stencil the remaining open stencil areas with “Relic” paint.
- Position and stencil “Old French Script” pattern onto the sides of box.
- Allow paint to dry for a few hours and lightly sand over the stenciled area to give a slightly worn look.
- Apply clear crème wax onto the inside and outside of the box.
- Wait one hour and buff box using a soft clean rag.
- Spray the brass knobs with black spray paint.
- Rub the knobs with metallic lustre and buff.
- Glue or Screw knobs in place.
- Measure and apply decorative paper onto the inside of the box.
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Sue Eldred…I am a DIY, paper crafting, picture taking, creative kind of gal. (also kind of a organizing nut) I love to find good junk to re-purpose into great treasures.
You can find me at my blog Sue’s Creative Workshop.