Monday, November 12, 2012

Old Wooden Box

I had great plans for my 3 day week -

swimming, tennis, painting, organizing my workspace and so much more.

I did manage time for swimming and tennis, but the only project I finished was painting this old wooden box.

Thirty-seven years ago Steve found this old J & P Coats spool cabinet in my parents' garage.

It is not in pristine condition, but I love it and its imperfections.

Over the years it has held notions in my sewing room, linen napkins in the kitchen, tubes of paint in the studio, and a myriad of other items.

For a long time, I have been torn between my desire to paint it and the feeling that I should keep it natural.

My love of color won out.

Friday night I painted my box blue.

Next I added some splashes of red.

And, finally a coat of green.

I waxed first ( on another blogger's recommendation) and then sanded it.

And now I have a little green wooden box.

I asked Steve ( begged and pleaded ) if I could have a "creative corner" in his studio.

The green box is now sitting in my little corner just waiting to be filled with art supplies.

My creative space isn't ready.

I still have to paint my work table, hang a shelf, and decide what supplies to keep in my space.

Over the last year, I have learned to enjoy the process as much as the final project.

Maybe I will get the table painted this week, maybe not.

Eventually I will get it done.


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Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

YOu know I just love the green...AND LITTLE BOXES!
This is perfect. If you notice it missing...I've snuck in while you weren't looking...naw~! I know, I never leave TEXAS.

:) Pat

Paula said...

Lovely! Charles would love for me to have a space in his studio - he spends long hours out there!

Down by the sea said...

Your box looks great in green!
Sarah x

Art and Sand said...

I have only been to Texas once - last May, to Dallas. I don't count the 3 hours in the DFW airport 30 years ago. I imagine that seeing Dallas doesn't really tell me what the state is like. I want to visit Fredricksburg

Art and Sand said...

He reluctantly gave me the space. I will share more in my next post (when my table is painted) why he finally conceded.

Art and Sand said...

For years I thought I had to keep everything wood. I feel so free now that I am painting things just the way I want them.

chateau chic said...

Love how you spruced up your old box, Carol!!
Mary Alice

Trisha said...

The box turned out great! I love the colors!


Ana said...

Love it! Great painting techniques and great choice of colors. It turned out awesome.


Vesna said...

Your box turned very nice! Love the colors! And your little cottage is soooo sweet!!


Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

That box looks great painted! Yay that you have a creative space of your own. Can't wait to see how it all comes together.

Art and Sand said...

Now I just have to find the time to spruce up my new work area.

Art and Sand said...

Thanks so much for dropping in. I am loving green lately.

Art and Sand said...


It has been many years since we lived in San Diego. Where is Paradise Hills?

Art and Sand said...

You are so sweet in your comments. Thanks for dropping in.

Art and Sand said...

I hope to get some time this weekend to finish off my space. Then I just need time to work there.

Sue said...

Oh how wonderful it turned out. I have an old piece that I toy with myself to paint too, so you inspired me. It is my grandfather's dentist tool cabinet that is all wood with little drawers the dental tools were kept in. Over the years it has held many, many things, like yours. Very endearing post.

Art and Sand said...

Thanks so much for the sweet comment.

Now that I see how it looks, I wonder why I waited so long.

How fun to have an old dental cabinet and even better that it is a family piece.

I am enjoying looking at the great houses you post.

Renee said...

Very pretty. I think it turned out great.

Art and Sand said...

I just put the finishing touches on my new creative space and the green box takes center stage. Now I just have to find time to create.

Thanks for dropping by.

small wooden chest said...

Your box looks great in green - absolutely love it!!!