What can you do with a wooden box when you aren’t an artistic painter?
The bird scene on this box might look like it was artistically painted, but it wasn’t…it’s an illusion.
PAM (Painter Artist Mom) has the painting artistry gene in our family. With a little help from our friends – paint, wax, stencil, computer printer, Mod Podge, ant hot glue – we can get close to artistry without inheriting the gene.
Paint the first coat with a medium-toned blue chalk paint substitute, like Valspar Ultra paint and primer super flat interior paint.
Paint top and bottom, inside and out.
Paint a second coat of paint on the outside with Annie Sloan Arles. Make messy and random direction brush strokes. Don’t smooth out your paint…let the undercoat show .
When it dries, it reveals a hint of the under color randomly.
Using a leaf stencil, paint over the surfaces of the box.
I used Annie Sloan Paris Gray color for the leaves.
It contrasts well with the Arles color.
For the bird and nest image, I printed this one at The Graphics Fairy. She has lots of neat stuff on her site!
After decided the approximate size I wanted, I tore the paper into a random rounded shape.
Attach the image to the lid with Mod Podge.
Now it’s time to add a coat of clear wax and dark wax.
I pulled an old feathered trim from my stash.
The feathers were loose and falling off, so why not use the feathers to glue around the edge?
After gluing the feathers, it was ready for hinges on the back side of the box.
I found these tiny hinges at Hobby Lobby.
After attaching the hinges, it’s time for an old cabinet knob treatment.
You may not have realized that the box is in the room upstairs I redecorated in Nature, Navy, and White.
See it under the Necktie Lamp Shade? The colors match very well…quite by accident.
There’s only one thing missing…secret treasures inside.
What would you store inside your box? I’m wondering for a guest room, would hotel choices of lotions, shampoos, and conditioners be helpful?
UPDATE: Patricia Neely-Dorsey, our local poet, just notified me that today is National Bird Day, and I didn’t even know it when I published this post. So, happy National Bird Day! 🙂