Thrift store find cigar box; taller and better construction than your typical cigar box.
Decided it needed a little ‘something’, so I glued on a repro white skeleton key to the front. Just right!
Then I found this box at the thrift store. Not terribly fond of the wood burned design in the top. Not even sure I’ll be able to ‘sand it off’. But I can always ‘paper over it’; which actually might look perfect with the raised trim around the edge of the lid.
Fortunately my orbital sander fit inside the trim, and the design on the lid sanded off better than I’d expected. A wee bit of the wood burned color still shows, but the top is smooth, so I can just paint over it.
So, now I had those two individual pieces done; but before I got them priced and stocked them in my booth at Stars; I found this:
On an ‘inspiration excursion’ to Home Goods. It’s not at ALL the blue that I normally go for.
and it’s got a GLOSSY finish, which I NEVER do. (and which is impossible to capture in photograph!)
But it was such a cute little chest, and for some reason it ‘spoke to me’. And I listened and bought it!
The DARK inside was a bit TOO dark and dreary for me, so I added some vintage atlas pages (on the lid and bottom) to brighten it up a bit. (the area was too big to use the same scrap book paper as on the first cigar box.)