Table Top Flower Box

I find I go through crafting stages.  Sometimes I really don’t feel like crafting or creating at all.  Other times, I have so much fun dreaming up new things I just can’t seem to stop.  {Is that a problem??}

The beach rock mosaic mirror got me all warmed up.  Now I have ideas and projects all over the place…

This is a flower project that actually doesn’t require any gardening skills at all!

table top flower box ps

In the course of some Spring cleaning, I discovered this sad, sad little wooden box.  My husband made it for me years ago, but neither of us remembers what we actually used it for.  It was currently being used as a garbage can.  Sad, I tell you.

box before

I definitely thought it had more potential than just holding garbage!  After cleaning it well,  I pulled out an unexpected paint color I’ve been dying to add into our (mostly boy-filled) home – pink!

pink paint on

It was a mis-tinted latex house paint, and I quickly swished the brush over it, leaving a lot of wood showing.  I wanted to give it a look of an antique wooden crate, so after the paint dried, I brushed on and wiped off some dark walnut stain.

after stain

It completely took the “hot” out of the pink.  In fact, I even added a little paint on top to brighten it back up a bit.

I could have stopped at that point, but decided it needed something more…

letters on

I transferred the letters of the word “flowers” (in the font “Pottery Barn”) on using white transfer paper (you can read about it here or see a video of it here) and then wiped a few spots of Vaseline in some areas.  (That helps when it comes to the distressing part.)

Using a paint brush and creamy white acrylic craft paint, I painted on the letters.

Once dried, I sanded lightly to achieve an old, distressed look. (Where the Vaseline was, the paint doesn’t stick.  It’s kind of like a cool science experiment!Smile)

table top flower box

The box is quite roomy inside, so I filled 5 mason jars with water to set inside, and plopped in some white lilacs from the yard.

rustic farmhouse dining room after

It seems to get along very well with the new (sort of like Dash & Albert) happy, striped rug.

Linking to: Mad in Crafts, The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen, Home Stories A-Z, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Not Just a Housewife, Elizabeth & Co, Domestically Speaking, Crafty Texas Girls, DIY Showoff, The 36th Avenue, Live,Laugh,Rowe, Craftberry Bush

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  1. I always wondered how to create a distressed look, had no idea you could use vaseline! Very cool! I really need something like this for my table!

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