Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Decorating a Wood Box

Hi Friends,
Hope you all enjoyed a nice long holiday weekend.

Recently I was going through my stash of stuff to redesign, 
 and I always find things I forget I have.

It's like going junkin all over again when I shop my store room.
Some day I'll show you that room next to my studio. 
But today I'll share this box I had stashed away.

I forgot how long ago I found this wood box.
Do you do that when you find treasures to create with?

Anyway, I've been on a kick to design with boxes lately so  this was a good re-find!!

Starting with one of my favorite chalk paints in sheepskin,
 I painted the whole wood box inside and out.

The lid just lifts off.
I think it may have had a hinge at one time, but I like the lift off style better.

Adding lots of sanded distress gives it some cottage charm.

Once dry the fun began.

I added lace and burlap ribbon all around the sides.

Lined the inside bottom and inside lid top with a pretty decorative paper
and glitter trim.

Next I added a vintage style postcard graphic to the lid on an angle.

It needed a little something, so I painted a few French roses trailing around.

Sealed all and complete for storing keepsakes, TV remote and more.

Here's another box style writing desk I found recently.
It was painted gold in it's previous life and I nearly passed it up.

Ivory chalk paint with light pink stripes, graphics and hand painted roses and filler flowers
redesigned this one.

Adding distress all around and aged the hinges a bit more with brown chalk paint.

To the inside I added pretty decorative papers with trim to reflect my painting on the desk top.

Here's another  below I shared recently created from a vintage glove box.

All in shades of tone on tone whites and creams hand painted with chalk paint inside and out.
The lid is designed with crocheted flowers and painted faux leaves.

Another fun box is this international cafe coffee container created with laces on a
chalk painted ivory background.

Here's another idea.
I found a vintage sewing drawer with inside slats and a hole drilled at the top.

The inside wood dividers are removable to use either as a wall shelf,
table storage or stand alone display.

Painted with lace chalk paint, and distressed before I added decorative papers to the background.

And last, this flower box my guy created  and I shared  in a post a few weeks ago, 
is doing very well and the shamrock plant is growing beautiful and beginning to bloom.

Still working on a few more boxes and having fun filling the shelves 

Well, my breaks over ~ off to visit you before 
my brushes start calling.

See you soon.
Celestina Marie



Anonymous said...

Celeste, you just amaze me! You are so talented and have the best vision about what a piece can become! Each piece is lovely! I love the French graphic postcards; they add such a unique touch to the lids! The inside of the boxes are as pretty as the outsides! Your garden planter so pretty and looks wonderful in your vignette!

http://deezie-sunshinedeezines.blogspot.com/ said...

Oh your boxes are just so beautiful!!! all of them!! your creations are always so pretty and your added painted flowers just finish it off perfectly. You are so talented and creative. I adore your work
have a great day

TexWisGirl said...

really neat, celeste!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Lovely. And the flower bix too my friend, both of you live the creative life!!!!!!

Creations By Cindy said...

Celeste, your boxes are BEAUTIFUL! I love them all. Never have I thought about decorating a coffee box. Your roses you painted are beautiful. I love how you used the postcard too. WOW! Such talent and gifts you have my friend. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Unknown said...

Celestina, I love your work and creativity.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

You do amazing things with boxes! They are beautiful!

Valerie-Jael said...

Oh m, what oodles of goodness you have recycled and upcycled here, just fan*tas*tic! Love them all, hugs, Valerie

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Oh I like each piece you've created. I wish I had more room for cute boxes like those. Love tne vintage style postcards- great addition!

Jan Hermann said...

Absolutely Stunning!!...as always!

Jan ♥

eileeninmd said...

Hello Celeste, your boxes are just lovely. Beautiful creations!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Golly are you ever clever and talented. Seriously - sure wish I could paint, but I didn't get the artist gene in my family - my grandfather was a lithographer and amazing painter, my sister and both my daughters are artists and my brother an excellent sculptor......I can barely paint walls! No patience and horribly unsteady hand.

Bravo, looks awesome.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Oh how I love the pretty boxes you transformed to look so beautiful. What talent and creativity you have! Enjoy your day.
Julie xo

Cynthia said...

Love your planter and vignette. The inside of the boxes are pretty places to put treasures


Sola Scriptura said...

What a great use for beautiful vintage postcards. It looks just right with your lovely painting!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty boxes. I love the little one that has shelves for tiny collectibles.
Wishing you a nice week, Celeste.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Those are really pretty. I really love the pink and white stripes on the side of the first one. Adorable. xoxo Su

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Absolutely gorgeous Celeste! Each one has such great personality. Looks like you've been a busy girl!!

Hope all is safe and sound where you're at. We're keeping Texas in our prayers!!

Love & hugs, Edie

doodles n daydreams said...

Such pretty, feminine decorations on the boxes. I have only ever tried painting once and that was on stage props, not anything so dainty. :) I did enjoy it I must admit.


handmade by amalia said...

Lovely, all of them! Can't even pick a favorite.

Joy Junktion said...

What a great load of boxes you have so beautifully created! Your ideas are so varied but all wonderful! I just love you sharing these pieces! Blessings my friend, Cindy

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste,
so wonderful paintings you did! I love those Letterboxes, with the old cards on and those GEORGEOUS Roses! You are a great painter, they look so real! A great job you have daone, thank cou for sharing!
Have a lovely rest of the week,
sending Love and hugs and blessings,
Claudia xo

Rose L said...


Alessandra said...

Those boxes are stunning! You are very talented and your decors are always so pretty, delicate and romantic. Evry single detail is very charming, feminine and fairy.

Haddock said...

Like the way you have converted it to a shelf.

Zaa said...

BRAVO ..I love all your pretty creations ...I too have a stash that needs a little creative attention( Ha Ha)... love all the old postcards, letters and roses images, that add such a beautiful vintage look to the varied shapes and sizes of your box collection ....now ...I need to have a peek into your room( Hee hee)..Thanks for the inspiration....Hugs

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

All so pretty! I love little boxes and containers too. I think it would be fun to see the stash room too... hint hint! Your flower box is looking so good!

Christine said...

Wonderful redo's! So pretty and practical! Cant ask for more than that!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Celestina Marie,

you have been very busy with all your beautiful work and love all the pretty boxes with your signature roses painted ao delicately. And yes, I have so much tucked away in my stash waiting to be worked on.
Have been thinking of you dear friend with the terrible floods there and hope everything is fine at your place. Stay safe.
Hope you are having a happy week

Miss Nifty Thrifty said...

Love all of your beautiful boxes!! You can always use a pretty box to store away something lovely!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful, Celeste! I love that little shelf piece especially.

I do sometimes forget what I have stored away in my craft room. Unfortunately, I tend to pile things on top of other things so it is sometimes a surprise when I find something. I did a recent straightening up in there so hopefully I can keep it clean for at least the next week.

cynthia lee designs said...

Your boxes are so beautiful...love all of them!!

Createology said...

I adore wooden boxes of all types and sizes. Your beautiful painting and papers really enhance their beauty so well. Creative Box Bliss...

Blondie's Journal said...

You are incredibly creative---you go places I never would think to! I love the box and the little container---you have so many feminine touches that I adore. Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations with us, Celeste!

Jane x

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh, I am simply in awe of all your beautiful and detailed creations, Celestina...you are very gifted and have a lovely style! Each box is so lovely and feminine...I especially like the roses you painted!
Oh! And the paper you lined the first box with is beyond gorgeous!
Thank you for being such an inspiration to us all!
Blessings to you and have a great week further!
Love and hugs,

Dorthe said...

Oh they are so beautiful, all dear friend, You are a master with your painting, and the white look, and roses are so lovely together. What great finds you have done, such boxes are great for so many things.
I wish you a wonderful weekend !!
Hugs from Dorthe

Donna said...

Wow, your boxes are just amazing, Celstina! I love them all so much, it's hard to pick a favorite! The writing desk is just gorgeous, and I really love how you layered your stunning painted roses over the post card graphics. The vintage sewing drawer with the divider is so neat! I've never seen one with dividers, how fun to use it as a cute display shelf! I too love boxes, they can hold so many treasures or things we use each day, like the remote as you mentioned. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me, my friend!

Jill said...

All are gorgeous!! You are so talented :-) Great ideas. Have a wonderful day!


Scrappy quilter said...

Wow those turned out amazing. I love your creative ideas!

Conniecrafter said...

Absolutely stunning painting on these projects, that desk is just the best and the inside looks fantastic too. You have turned simple objects into treasures!!

Stephanie said...

You always leave me in awe, sweet friend. My, these are beautiful creations! I love the sweet and pretty surprise of the paper inside. I am sure these would bring a smile to anyone's face :)

Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. You are indeed an inspiration to so many. Happy weekend! Hugs!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love, love, all of your boxes! It is crazy I know, but sometimes a plain box trips my creativity up, when I can do anything, I can't think of a thing! I love the old letter idea.

It's 2 weeks till the Flea I have been on warp speed, but I am almost ready with 2 weeks to spare. Last year I was so nervous and this year I am just plain excited!!! The word has spread so fast!


Post a Comment

Thank you for stopping by. Your visits and comments are always welcome and I look forward to visiting you in return. Have a blessed day!

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Celestina Marie
Celestina Marie

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..