Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Floral Painted Wooden Box

I had so much fun painting simple flowers on my X-acto knife box to turn it from plain to fabulous in one afternoon.
Floral Painted Wooden Box
Regular visitors to Sum of their Stories will know we have a crafty linky every Monday, where my crafty bloggy friends stop by and share their latest makes. A few weeks ago the very talented Teodora from Teodora Paintings shared a pretty trinket box she had made with step by step photos showing her process, how she builds up layers to create her little works of art. 
She made it look so do-able I thought I'd have a go so Sunday before last, in the afternoon, I took my X-acto knife box, emptied it out and spent a couple of hours giving it a total makeover.
my old x-acto knife box before the makeover
I took the hinges and catch off before painting, it only took a second.
Following Teodora's photos, simplifying it a little I was able to transform the plain wood/MDF box into a floral delight.
start painting
I used some acrylic paints that I already had for this and then gave the whole thing a few coats of spray sealant. 
Floral Painted Wooden Box
I am totally in love with it's new look.
It's easy to paint a simple floral wooden box
Floral Painted Wooden Box
x-acto knife box makeover
Floral Painted Wooden x-acto knife Box
It's not perfect but I don't care, it's cute and pretty and I love it.....Did I mention that I love it?
Floral Painted Wooden x-acto knife box makeover
Big thanks to Teodora for sharing a little of her secrets, hop over to her blog to see the steps I was inspired by here. And if you don't fancy having a go yourself she has a load of pretty things for sale in her Etsy and Folksy shops.
Julie Nyanyo
Julie Nyanyo

Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

23 comments:

  1. ooh lovely and you even took the hings off - I think I would have skipped that and then regretted it! Jo x

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    1. I nearly didn't Jo but then as Teodora had I thought perhaps I'd better. I was so quick to take them off then pop them back I'm glad I did, it would have taken way longer to try to paint round!

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  2. Teodora's boxes are so lovely indeed. But truth be told your box has become so pretty one can hardly notice any differences! I love it!
    Have a great day,
    Marjan

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  3. The great thing about crafting is it only matters if you love it. But I do think it came out great, too!

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    1. You're right of course (bit I am secretly happy if other people like it too!)

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  4. Your Xacto box looks fabulous and so summery Julie

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    1. Thanks Amber, I was just using the paint colours I had, but the result is super summery isn't it?

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  5. I absolutely love your box! Thank you :).

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    1. Thanks Teodora, and thank you for the inspiration to have a go. I'm looking for more wooden things to paint now!

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  6. Awesome! Your box looks lovely now and so unique!

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    1. Thank you Caroline, that's the best thing about making yourself isn't it, that the things you make are unique.

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  7. Very cute, I hope you continue to expand your painting idea, because this is so bright, cheerful, unique and lovely.

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    1. Thanks Leanna, I will try this again, it was much simpler than I thought it would be to get results that are not totally embarrassing!

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  8. I love it too ! It's so pretty and much more inspiring for your craft stuff than in it's original state!

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    1. Definitely, plain wood can look great but for a box like this I think pretty is more fun!

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  9. This is such a cute project. It's inspiring when your tools and supplies are organized in pretty, artistic containers. It just makes you feel good when you get to work.

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    1. Yes Carol, exactly. It's nice to surround yourself with pretty things sometimes.

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  10. Those are beautiful!! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW's DIY link party!

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  11. Your design is beautiful, very summery and cheerful. #RealCraftyLinkParty

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  12. It turned out great, you did a wonderful job! thank you for joining The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

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  13. Julie this is so cute. Love the bright happy pattern on the box!

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  14. How adorable! I love the new look of the box. Thanks for sharing. Pinning.

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  15. It looks so summery now! :) Thanks for sharing at Sew It Cook It Craft It.

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