Monday, February 17, 2014

ReDesigned Book Boxes

Book Boxes have so many uses
from storage to gifts to
holding keepsakes and collectibles.
I always find them on my treasure hunts
but not usually with a design that is pretty.
Recently I found a great sturdy box
7" X 10" in size and in excellent condition.
First I hand painted the entire box inside and out
with my signature
color of Honeysuckle Bloom Flat.
I find it works as well as any chalk paint,
covers well
 and  easily takes a waterbase varnish to seal if needed.

While drying, I picked out
wonderful decorator papers from my stash
and lots of lace, trims, flowers and buttons
for embellishment.
To pattern the papers to fit inside and out,
I just use light tracing paper
press in place to form an outline
in the area to cover and then use that for my pattern.
If the paper cuts are off a bit
 it's no problem once you add the trims and embellishments.
Next, I glued in place all the basic backgrounds
using ModPodge and seal over the interior papers also
making it more durable to hold treasures.
After trimming with the fun stuff and accents.
It looks something like this.
Sorry I forgot to take a before pic, but you get the idea
it would be just a solid off white box at this point.
I used stamps as you see above.
A Fleur Di Li's and French postage stamp too.
Inside the bottom area, I did a collage
style application giving a "filled with keepsakes" look.

The interior has a flat paper pocket
filled with tags and note cards trimmed in lace and
charms over card stock trims and more stamps
of springtime flowers and a crown charm.

The top is trimmed with lace, charms crocheted flowers,
sheer flowers, feathers, buttons and ribbons.

The sides are finished in a pretty braided trim.

Perfect accent for the coffee table, desk or fill with
treasures for a special gift.
This little goodie was sent over to my etsy shop.
Like many others, this was so much fun to create
and I plan to work on another soon.
Hope you try it too.
from Etsy Cottage Style.
See you next time.
Celestina Marie


Valerie-Jael said...

Wow, absolutely stunning, what a wonderful makeover! Love it. Hugs, Valerie

Denise said...

I love visiting You through Your blog :) I do enjoy all Your artwork.I was surprised You use that type of paint.I'm so use to seeing others and myself included, using craft type acrylics.So nice to see what You use.Gorgeous box -as usual,You always have fantastic looking art.Hugs and blessings sent Your way-Denise

Jan Hermann said...

Oh, so pretty! And it's already SOLD too! You are so talented my friend. Hugs!

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Julie Marie said...

Oh Celeste, what a beautiful little treasure box!... how pretty it will look in someones home... you added such exquisite touches to it, and I love the inside... xoxo Julie Marie

farmhouse-story said...

just gorgeous, celeste! have a great week!

1CardCreator said...

What a stunning box, I'm sure it won't last a day in the shop! ~Diane

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a gorgeous box!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

So Beautiful!! Love your idea Celeste. It turned out so great! I may have to "enhance" some of my storage books. (yet another project to add to my looong list)

Thanks for the great pics to see how you finished your creation!

Love & hugs, Edie

More snow & sleet today... ugh

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

I love stopping here. JUST awesome(NESS) as always. YOUR a beautiful soul and I love your work my friend. Hope that your Vallentines Day was wonderful and blessed

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This is so pretty, Celeste! It looks great. I love that you were able to use lots of different things to embellish it.

Donna said...

What a gorgeous creation, Celestina! I love all of the pretty laces and trims that you used, and of course your Parisian theme as well! I bet you had so much fun making this box, it won't last long in your shop:) Have a great day!!

Ginny said...

Sold? Oh no! sigh....beautiful creation again!

deb said...

Simply gorgeous! What an heirloom to pass down! Wishing you a great week!

Mari said...

Celeste my friend this turned out just gorgeous, I love every single detail :-)
Thanks sweetie for always leaving me such sweet comments...


Sola Scriptura said...

Gorgeous!!! This would be great for any lady's home and would also be an amazing bridal gift. Lovely!

Unknown said...

Hi Celestina!
What gordeous designs! ok I am soo tired of the pain pilss.
What gorgeous designs. I really need to go gotta get b ack to laying down
see ya

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

What s stunning box - I can see why it sold so quickly. Simply beautiful, you are one talented lady.
Have a terrific week.

Denise said...

Very awesome.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG sooo pretty, well, it's like everything you do!!!


Jillayne said...

Wow!! What a beautiful box you created Celestina - I can imagine how wonderfully elegant it would look on a coffee table - and what treasured keepsakes one could tuck inside... Beautiful!

cynthia lee designs said...

What a beautiful box!! I love it!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Celestina! Oh, this is just beautiful. I would never have thought to make up one of these book boxes like this! That's why you're the most creative one! Thank you for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Carole said...

Love it Celeste, simply stunning as are all your projects my friend. Carole xox

Little Miss Maggie said...

Very pretty. I love the collage effect of all your trims.

Createology said...

Another dreamy creation by your and your elegant style my friend. I adore how your transform something dull into something stunning and practical. I see it sold very quickly. Blissful Joy Dear...

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Celestina, it's gorgeous! I see these "books" a lot too, but I know I could never make one look like this creation. The little pocket on the inside is another great Celestina Marie design. laurie

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..