Re-purposing Boxes to Use in Your Vignettes

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From: Romantic Prairie Style, Fifi O’Neill

I love Romantic Farmhouse style. It is embedded in my heart with its chippy furniture, soft beautiful colors, and rusty pieces. It brings me inspiring energy from days gone by.

Because I love old worn pieces so much I really try hard to replicate them. I don’t always see the wonderful patina on items that I like so I just tweak them a little bit.  Today I want to share with you how I put a wonderful old patina on a new old hat box that I purchased from Good Will. You can use any sturdy box that you have.

hat box before

hat box before inside

Here is the sweet little box that I used. I wanted this to be a little on the French Nordic side.

hat box paint

I used these two colors of chalk paint, and Rust – Oleum decorative glaze in java brown and Vintage Market White Silk wax.

hat box painted

hat box top painted

First I painted the whole outside of the box with the darker chalk paint first, then let it dry. Next, I brushed on the lighter color sparingly around the whole box. See the photos for example. The box had some glue on it and torn in a few places but this just added to the patina that I love. Then I brushed on the glaze around the edges and into any cracks or imperfections that I could see, then wiped it down with a wet rag. This really adds to the great rustic look that I love. I then let it dry really good.

hat box top stencil

hat box finished

After the box was good and dry I used some stencils that I bought from Amazon and went to work with a brown acrylic paint. I let that dry good, then used some fine sandpaper and sanded over the stenciling. The I used the wax all over the box, a little goes a long way. I had an old piece of rope that I threaded through the holes for the handle. I chose not to paint the inside because I liked it the way it was.

hat box vignette #2

I was thrilled with how it turned out. Not only is it going to be fun for vignettes, but also for storing items.

hat box vignette

hat box vignette top

You can use any box shape to re-purpose, as long as it is a nice strong sturdy box. I will be keeping my little stash of vintage lace in this box.

hat box Collage

If you enjoyed what you saw here today please pin the above collage. 🙂 Follow along with me on Pintrest for a lot of other fun ideas.

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34 thoughts on “Re-purposing Boxes to Use in Your Vignettes

  1. Hi Jo, love it and thanks for idea. I have a few of these boxes that were all the rage a few years ago, but have seen better days now and was going to throw them in a garage sale, but now I think I will try your technique and turn them into something special..Happy Friday..Judy


    • Hi Nancy, I found the laze at Home Depot, but i’m sure you can find something similar anywhere. I use to use watered down brown acrylic stain. But this is much nicer. lol Have a great new week and enjoy your new cottage dear friend. Hugs, Jo


  2. I see boxes like that all the time at goodwill but would Never have thought to paint one! Oh my, the boxes I could be using!! You did a great job, Jo! I really love it! It’s so wonderful to visit blogs and see terrific ideas!! Thanks for sharing this! Blessings, Cindy


  3. You turned what was an already pretty box into something even prettier and unique as well as useful. The stencils really are the crowning touch! Just lovely!!


  4. Ooooh, your box turned out beautifully! I simply love the new look, Jo. So glad you shared this with Roses of Inspiration. Happy hugs to you!


  5. Love it Jo! It looks like it came across the prairies with some French dame! lol! Love the stencils. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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