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I don’t know about you, but I never seem to have enough boxes! :) Yes, boxes, different shapes and different sizes, all those boxes you REALLY NEED to keep all the little things in good order around the house. So this time I’ve decided to use old cardboard boxes and give them a whole new look by transforming them into beautiful Shabby French boxes, perfect for storing jewelry, documents, letters, family pictures and many other things.
The really ugly BEFORE boxes:)
First I painted the exterior of the boxes with black acrylic paint.
*Note to myself: If the exterior of the box has a glossy surface, sand it with a 180/200 grit paper before applying the first layer of paint! :)
Then I used some candle wax, white acrylic paint and some 180 grit sandpaper to distress them, you can find more details on my other DIY projects HERE.
I brushed the interior of the boxes with different shades of lilac, my favorite color of all times and some white, my second favorite color of all times…or are they the other way around?:)
Then I used waterslide decal paper for the image transfer and printed different images from the amazing The Graphics Fairy – old French ads, beautiful black and white roses, stamps from Paris, vintage bicycles, keys and clocks. You can learn all about waterslide decal paper transfer here.
I applied a matte finish spray to protect the painting and the waterslide decals and let them dry for a couple of hours. In the meantime I painted some wood buttons with the same lilac shades I used for the interior of the boxes.
I printed some French ads, handwritten letters and musical sheets from the Graphics Fairy on a lilac cardstock paper and cut by hand different sizes butterflies to give a whole 3D look to my Shabby French boxes.
This Shabby French boxes is definitely my favorite, because it was a gift from my sister and was once filled with tea cups inspired by Claude Monet paintings. It also had one of his paintings printed inside the box, I only toned it down with a little lilac here and there and glued two pretty butterflies.
Just add a little bit of passion and you can transform your house into a home. The possibilities are endless, if you ask me.
And in the end, it’s all about the small details, right?:)