Friday, April 19, 2013

Upcycled box

Today I have an upcycled box to share with you. 
I was in need of a wood box to house my collection of Tim Holtz Distress Paint. My mom and I went to the thrift store where she lives and found this perfect little beauty - 50 cents!

The base layer of my remake is a newsprint flyer from a local antiques mall. I used the pages with the stories about ceramic figurines, tearing them apart and collaging them on.
First I used the Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Lovely Leaves stencil and The Crafters Workshop harlequin stencil to add some detail with Tim Holtz Distress Paint and Faber Castell Pitt artist pens. After that I added some butterflies cut from napkins. Once  they were applied and had a layer of Mod Podge over them, I shaded them with Faber Castell Big Brush Pen in cold grey III. Next came some stamping with the She Script stamp by Unity with StazOn ink in timber brown and a dot stamp by Hampton Arts in Liquitex acrylic unbleached titanium paint. I discovered that you can color Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste with Faber Castell Gelato and it doesn't change the properties of the embossing paste - SWEET! So I mixed the paste with yellow gelato and applied it to my box through the "chicken wire reversed" The Crafter's Workshop stencil. 
There were no handles for sale at the flea market this week and I searched the basement for some with no luck so I headed off to the hardware store and found these perfect ones. Of course the screws that came with them were an inch long but my sweet husband took care of that and attached them for me.
I lined the inside with cork
and the bottom with a page from the antiques mall flyer.
Now I just need to contact Mr. Holtz and ask him to not make any more than three more colors of Distress Paint as that is all I have room left for!

I've linked up the products I used to the awesome eclectic Paperie online shop for your shopping convenience! The store is loaded with great products and she ships really fast so (s)hop on over!
I am entering my box in the Take the Challenge with Mou for April over at the Faber Castell Design Memory Craft blog and at Ronda Palazarri's blog calling for texture.
Thanks for stopping by today,
I appreciate your comments!


Kim's Creations said...

I love your box! The wheels are now turning in my head, thanks for the inspiration!!

Lee-Anne said...

An up-cycled masterpiece! So very creative, useful and simply gorgeous!

diana said...

what a great idea! also reminds me i need to do my lids as well!

Redanne said...

What a gorgeous transformation, I love the wonderful butterflies and the great handles. Good luck contacting Tim - I suspect there will be more than three to be added to his Anne x

veronica said...

So very cool! Love it!!

Cheryl said...

Awesome box! I need one now! Thanks for the inspiration!

Ronda Palazzari said...

beautiful drawer. Love all the collage bits!

Marjie Kemper said...

Great transformation! Fun having such a cute holder for your paints.

Rhonda H said...

What a great box!! It was so nice to see all the steps detailed in the photos!

Anita Houston said...

Fabulous transformation! I love the papers, and the collage additions are perfect! The handles too!

butterfly said...

Totally fantastic transformation - and it looks so lovely with all the paints in - brilliant, beautiful storage!
Alison x