1.19.2011

Marbles Lost

Back a few weeks I posted about marbled paper that had been on my radar (and many other bloggers and magazines as well)  I had full intentions to purchase some for a DIY box project.

Well we all know that "the road to hell is paved with good intentions", so you can pretty much guess what that means.  Yup, never got the marbled paper. 

In my defense the marbled paper that I fell in love with at Paper Source was $23 a sheet, and I just couldn't see spending that much on a project I had no clue if it would work or not.

I'll give you one guess what I did with the box? 


PAINT!


These boxes from Plantation had me at hello.  But for a $130 price tag, I knew I could whip up my own version with that closet full o' paint I have


And so I did.


After painting the whole box turquoise, a little of that magic Frog Tape and a ruler is all it took to mark out the lines for the white paint.
 

After I took these pictures I realized I should do something more eye appealing with the inside.  Maybe black paint like the Plantation ones.


Or maybe I'll just get another box and start the project all over again. 

I mean this box could always use a friend.

I've lost it, I know.

40 comments:

lizziefitz said...

nice job:)

Laura said...

Sell some of these fabulous boxes on your etsy store please! I'm dying for some but lack your creativity.

Ari- Audrey Onassis said...

I know the marbled paper is in right now, but I much prefer this gorgeous look! This is my favorite box yet!

Stephanie Sabbe said...

amazing box queen!

Danielle said...

SELLL THESE! that is all :)
I suppose I can wait until after your wedding to demand one, if I must :)

Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d said...

That box is beautiful! Where do you find the before boxes? I've been looking for some paintable wooden ones without much luck.

Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

LOVE IT!

The Social Secretary said...

So cute. What kind of paint do you use?

LindsB said...

Amanda- I get them all over. TJ Maxx, Michaels, the craft store. There are always things just itching for a makeover :)

LindsB said...

The Social Secretary- I use all kinds of paints but usually its just basic craft paint or oops paints from Home Depot.

In the Tweeds said...

You are too funny. Love how this one turned out!!! You have a little box addiction!

jandjhome said...

I love it! What color did you use for the turqoise. It's so soft.

LindsB said...

JandJhome- I wish I had a color name for you- but its just a mix of a bunch of colors that I had on hand. My favorites are the Martha Stewart colors, and often times I'll lighten or darken them with white and black paint.

things that sparkle said...

You should open an etsy shop and sell these!! I'd be your first customer. Gorgeous!

Kalee said...

I love those plantation boxes, and never even considered making them myself! Great job!

pam@pixelimpress said...

awesome!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

fantastic, but we knew that right? You rock!

LiveLikeYou said...

Great makeover. What a chic little box!!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Um, yeah...your box HAS a friend, in Brazil, her name is alison g.
Please tell me you'll start etsy-ing the hell out of these things, soon. Could fund your honeymoon ;)

Jennifer said...

Wow, how gorgeous! I am so inspired to make some of these beauties now! LOVE!

Lavender and Lilies said...

It turned out gorgeous! I just nominated you for a homie at apartment therapy!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

Oh I don't know what marbled paper is, but I dont know a great paint job when I see one and right now...I see a great paint job. How did you ever get it so clean looking?

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

EFT Manual said...

You did a great job painting the box oh so perfectly! Love the choice of color too!

Splendid Sass said...

Beautiful job. Love the color.
Teresa
xoxo

quintessence said...

You're incredible!! So creative, stylish and HANDY!! What a great little project!

Jen@Organized-Design said...

I love how this turned out. The color is fantastic!

The Zhush said...

In a million zillion years I could never paint a box this fabulous! You rock!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

You most definitely have not lost it, this box needs a whole set of siblings! Gorgeous! Janell

Anna Liesemeyer said...

Its absolutely beautiful! I love the Tiffany Blue Shade:)

tarheel said...

ok, that color is perfect, and I would buy that from you if you sold them on your store.

Macarena - Chic et Posh said...

Fantastic! So trendy! Have a great weekend!XoXo

April a.k.a. "A. Liz" said...

I am so loving these boxes. How did you get them so shiny?? Gorgeous!

Mrs.M said...

Thank you, thank you....I have three random wood boxes that have lived in three countries with me now and have been in the to do craft box for about 6 years.....this was inspiration to get them out of storage.

Navy Bean said...

Gorgeous!! I love it!

Jackie said...

I've had a love affair with those plantation boxes for awhile now and never even thought to try a DIY version! Yours look amazing-mine probably wouldn't turn out as well though, I don't have a steady hand when it comes to paint projects. I agree, you should totally sell those in your etsy shop.

paula said...

so pretty. love the blue.

carlee {deliciously organized} said...

LOVE this! it turned out beautiful. i want one.

elizabeth said...

this is amazing. I saw these boxes at a store in san francisco before christmas and wanted them so badly, but the price tag really stopped me. Thanks for the inspiration - perhaps I can make my own!! :)

Devon said...

You have not lost it! I LOVE your painted boxes. They are absolutely inspiring and I will be copying soon.

designRN said...

Beautiful. I have a box that I started to paint just like this... but mine isn't as glossy. Did you use gloss paint or some kind of poly?