We had plans this weekend, as usual… But the kids got ill (nothing serious, just a cold), and that meant changed plans, or more like cancelled plans. It also meant free time, which gave me time for DIY. I decided to give an apple box a real makeover.
I’m not a big fan of unpainted wooden pieces, but I love to give them new life. This time I decided to paint it white, and I decided to use hobbylack, acrylic paint.
The color is easy to use, dries quickly and can be touched after 15 minutes. I had to put on two layers to get a nice result, but it was all done very quickly.
After it was all painted, I left it to dry for a few hours, before it was time to use decoupage. I have never tried it before, so it was really exciting. I’d found some material that I truly loved, so I was really looking forward to use it. The material? World maps from Martha Stewart Craft collection of course!
I wanted to cover the bottom of the box with the maps, and it was a little tricky to make it fit in the corners, but except from that it all worked well, and I was quite happy with the result, considering that it was the first time I tried this.
As you can see, I also decided to write on the sides to bring more life to the box. I used black hobbylack, and stencilles, to get beautiful characters. It was a bit tricky since I didn’t want any black color outside the characters, but after a bit of covering up, it all worked out.
I loved this project. It didn’t take too long to complete, and I now have somewhere to put my interior magazines. I will probably have to make several boxes, since it will be very difficult (read impossible) to squeeze in all my magazines, but it’s a start…