Updated vintage cedar boxes

P1240125Forgot to take a ‘before’ picture on this one, but it’s pretty easy to imagine what it originally looked like.

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The outside of the lid looked pretty much the same as the inside!  These old cedar boxes are pretty heavily varnished, so a good sanding was necessary before painting.

P1240734Sanded.  Painted.  Sanded again.  Carved wood applique painted and added.  Matte varnish.

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And of course, a ‘little something’ inside!

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I had this EXACT one when I was little.  Still have it ‘somewhere’ filled with little treasures from my childhood.

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Same steps as the first one.  Sanded.  Painted.  Sanded again to distress.

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Decided to line the bottom of this one with some pretty scrap book paper.

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The hinges and clasp were not removable, so I just painted over them, then sanded away some of the paint afterwards.

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After trying out several different embellishments, I settled upon this tiny metal plate that reads ‘live  love  laugh’.  Glued it on with e6000.

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If my hands were less arthritic, I would have done more ‘detail sanding’ around the carvings on the lid to enhance them a bit more.  OR you could add an antiquing medium to bring them out more.  I’m TRYING to stick with the ‘less is more’ mantra in my make-overs right now.  Choosing to slow down before life and old age FORCE me to do so.