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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Restored Rustic Box w/French Graphic

Thursday, September 26, 2013

What is it about 
Boxes 
that is so appealing? 


I can't walk by one without looking it over, 
often picking it up, thinking about how it can be used. 
For what can I use this box? 
Fourteen inches wide and thirteen and a half inches tall... 
Scrapbook paper? Remote TV/DVD/xBox/Computer controls? 


Always trying to organize my life, making order out of the disorder, 
making things better tomorrow than they are today... 

Unexpected treasures without going on a treasure hunt 
are often in plain sight... 
Just opening my eyes to see what is right in front of me all along... 

Older wooden boxes or drawers surely have 
a second life... a third life...  
Dovetail joints, carvings, rare wood, beautiful images... 
all reasons to salvage a box, a drawer. 

But this box?

No dovetail joints, no carvings, 


No precious wood, no beautiful image... 


But this box?
The inside is not even finished at all. 

Sure, it is a great size, has a good feel to it, easy to carry... 
Sturdy, no loose joints... 
and inside, one small piece of fluted molding... 
Maybe... it has potential. 


What a little Valspar sample paint can do! 
Honeymilk on the outside and Navy #5 on the inside... 


Still rustic with nicks and scrapes, and some deep gouges from living, 
but with tender loving care inside and out, this little box still has hope for a new use. 



The Graphics Fairy French flower seller label paired with 


A hydrangea stem tied with a bow from the Etsy shop Graphicals 


Gives the tired, old unloved box a fresh look to face the world anew. 


A Hobby Lobby porcelain blue and white knob is just the 
finishing touch for the rejuvenated little box to lift its lid. 



So, what will this restored box hold? 


Perhaps a new life in the garden shed to hold bulb and flower catalogs? 


Or, to hold magazines filled with inspiration and beauty?



A new life filled with inspiration and beauty that makes order out of disorder... 



Salvaged shards of a previous life that were shattered and discarded 
can hold the beginnings of a restored life with beauty and purpose. 
~~~~~~~~~~

18 comments:

  1. I love what you have done with this box--of course I always fall for blue and white, but your presentation is wonderful. I have also used my Guy Wolff this week! So sad to see a broken piece. I have broken a few myself, but I use the chards ~~ I must do a post on his pottery shed not far from me! Thank you for the inspiration. Linda

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  2. What a lovely box !!..have a nice day ...love Ria

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  3. In a word, Gorgeous! Beautiful would work, too! I love the box and whatever it's use today, can be changed tomorrow! Love the pottery shards, also. As always, your vignette is lovely!

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  4. Love it! The blue and white is such a classic combo.. great job!

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  5. LOVE it! I am going to copy you. I have two pathetic boxes waiting in the wings for a makeover. Thanks for the idea.

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  6. Wonderful redo on this old box! Just made my morning with it's cheerfulness. :)

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  7. What a fantastic transformation! I love your color choices and the knob is perfect.

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  8. What a fantastic transformation! I love your color choices and the knob is perfect.

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  9. Can't seem to find the blue hydrangea graphic on The Graphic Fairy's site. Can you help? Thanks.

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    1. The hydrangea graphic is from the Etsy shop, Graphicals, not The Graphics Fairy. I think you can click on a link to that site in my post. I tried responding by email, but was not able to.

      Judith

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  10. Gorgeous redo, Judith. This is a perfect box for magazines. ;-)

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  11. Transformed, indeed! Much prettier than before!

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  12. Oh I just love how your magazine box turned out, you did a great job ;)

    Smiles~
    Mari

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  13. WOW! WOW! WOW! It's gorgeous. Love the colors you chose and the knob and the graphic. Everything about it is perfect!

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  14. Just love the transformation. Very creative.
    The white is elegant.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  15. Love your box makeover. I love it. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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