French Inspired Keepsake Memory Box

Vintage French Inspired Keepsake Box

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.

Finished Box

Supplies Used:

  • 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

Vintage French Inspired Keepsake Box Collage


  1. Paint the cornice box with “Relic” Chalky Finish paint.  (inside and out)
  2. Lightly sand the box to smooth out the finish.
  3. Add a small bit of water to “Everlasting” paint and give the box a quick white wash.
  4. Rub excess paint off the box with a clean soft rag for a slightly distressed look.
  5. 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.
  6. Stencil the remaining open stencil areas with “Relic” paint.
  7. Position and stencil “Old French Script” pattern onto the sides of box.
  8. Allow paint to dry for a few hours and lightly sand over the stenciled area to give a slightly worn look.
  9. Apply clear crème wax onto the inside and outside of the box.
  10. Wait one hour and buff box using a soft clean rag.Brass Knobs Collage
  11. Spray the brass knobs with black spray paint.
  12. Rub the knobs with metallic lustre and buff.
  13. Glue or Screw knobs in place. Inside of Box
  14. 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.

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