Don’t you just love surprises? I do too- especially when it’s free and it’s vintage. Last year I purchased an antique hope chest for $25. There was a cardboard box inside the chest – which I pointed out to the seller- and he informed me that it was included in the price What he really said was “Aww…take it”.
Inside this cardboard box were many treasures, including this wooden box.
The box is pretty and carved – and in these close up photos it looks really good. I assure you that I never noticed the carving until I was close up to the box. I displayed this treasure in different spots around the house but it just kind of blended into the scenery and felt flat.
I decided to do a paint wash treatment to it. My dad hates it when I paint wood and I did debate doing this but I figured:
- I wasn’t happy with its current look
- I won’t use it or display it
- It was free
- It’s not antique
- I want it to pop
This project took literally 10 minutes start to finish – my favorite kind of project
I used a sage-gray paint leftover from another project…
I then began painting the entire box top with the paint-wash…
I didn’t let the wet paint surface sit for very long. Using a paper towel I began removing the wet paint-wash being sure to leave wet paint in the carved areas. I kept wiping until I had the desired finish that I wanted.