Sue Eldred
Sue Eldred
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  • Washington, IL

Vintage Inspired Keepsake Box

14 Materials
2 Hours

Turn a plaid wooden box into a Vintage Inspired Keepsake Box.

vintage inspired keepsake box

This Vintage Inspired Box is the perfect place to store special mementos for years to come.

vintage inspired keepsake box

Supplies Used on the Vintage Inspired Box…           (*affiliate links)

  • Walnut Hollow Unfinished Cornice Box*
  • Deco Art Americana Decor Stencil, The French Inn*
  • Deco Art Americana Decor Stencil, Old French Script
  • Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint, Relic
  • Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint, Everlasting
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre Wax, Champagne Ice
  • Brass Knobs
  • Paint Brush and Stencil Brush
  • Very Fine Sanding Block
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Clean Soft Rag
  • Removable Painters Tape
  • Decorative Scrapbook Paper
  • Craft Glue

For links to the product used, make sure to click on Sue's Creative Workshop Blog link and the post of this post.

vintage inspired keepsake box
  1. Paint the Cornice Box with Relic Chalky Finish Paint  (inside and out).
  2. Lightly sand the box to smooth out the finish.
  3. Add a small bit of water to Everlasting paint and give the box a quick white wash.
  4. Rub excess paint off the box with a clean soft rag for a slightly distressed look.
vintage inspired keepsake box

5. Position The French Inn stencil over the top of the box. Secure the stencil in place with the  painters tape to prevent slipping. Use stipple brush to apply a mix of Relic, Romance & Everlasting paint to the decorative element in the center of the stencil.

6. Stencil the remaining open stencil areas with “Relic” paint.

7. Position and stencil Old French Script pattern onto the sides of box.

8. Allow paint to dry for a few hours and lightly sand over the stenciled area to give a slightly worn look.

9. Apply Clear Crème Wax onto the inside and outside of the box. Wait one hour and buff box using a soft clean rag.

vintage inspired keepsake box

10. Spray the brass knobs with black spray paint.

11. Rub the knobs with Champagne Metallic Lustre Wax and buff.

12. Glue or Screw knobs in place.

vintage inspired keepsake box

13. Measure decorative scrapbook paper or wallpaper scraps to fit inside the box.

14. Apply a thin layer of craft glue on the back of the paper and stick to the sides and bottom of the box.

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1 question
  • Geri Boadwine
    on Apr 23, 2019

    I am thinking that some if these old cigar boxes I have woukd work good for that!..what are your thoughts?

    • Sue Eldred
      on Apr 23, 2019

      It may not be as sturdy as the wood box, but it would still look cute painted and stenciled

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  • JoeAnna Taylor
    on Apr 6, 2019

    Beautiful idea! Love the part about using the door handles for “legs”, great job on the painting, too.

  • Sunny
    on Apr 13, 2019

    Love this! I also like the idea of the door handles. Makes it more elegant!

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