Hello, there! How are you? We’ve got a week of school under our belt and everything is going swimmingly so far. I’m sure the novelty of the bus stop is gonna get (c)old come about January, but for now everything is still fun and exciting.
I can tell already, though, that I’m going to get sick of packing lunches and thinking up snack ideas WAY before January. So I’ve been trying to brainstorm ideas and, in the process, have been weeding out my recipe box. Welllll…as you know, one change leads to another. Spending so much time in my recipe box led me to see how outdated it was. See?
And now it looks like this:
I decided to try out an idea I saw in Country Living magazine (November 2012). They provided some awesome trompe l’oeil hardware graphics that I printed off. Then I gave my box a few coats of yellow spray paint. So easy, and it will give my recipe box a few more years of life. Thanks, Country Living!
Recipe Box with Trompe L’oeil Hardware
Nap Rating = 1 nap (not including dry time)
Tools & Materials
- A box with a lid
- Spray paint with a gloss finish
- Painter’s tape
- Trompe l’oeil images
- Mod Podge with a gloss finish
- Foam brush
- Find and print out the trompe l’oeil images you want to use. I used these.
- Tape off any pre-existing hardware on your lidded box with the painter’s tape.
- Lay your box on some newspaper and give it several thin coats of spray paint, letting it dry between each coat. I wanted mine to have a lacquered look.
- While waiting for the box to dry completely, cut out the images you’ll be using, making sure not to leave any white around the images’ edges.
- Once the box is dry, paint a small amount of Mod Podge where your “hardware” is going to go, lay the images on top, and paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on top as well. If you used an ink-jet printer to print your images, just make sure to go over them quickly and with a light hand so the colors don’t run onto your newly-painted box.
- Let that coat dry, then give it one more.
- Once everything is completely dry, you can write a label onto the box if you choose.
I’m thinking I’d like some yellow accents in our renovated kitchen some day, so hopefully this will fit right in. Thanks for stopping by! Until next time…