Friday, June 7, 2013

Box Transformation Ideas, Part I

If you've been following me for any length of time, you know I love transforming boxes. Yesterday, I realized I've shared 100 or so box/crate/storage transformations since starting this blog two years ago. I just love all the design possibilities. So, for my new followers, and long timers who may have missed a few, I thought it would be nice to group redesign ideas from various box categories.  Starting with lidded boxes.




I decoupaged this box with a tissue copy of script, and a section of a vintage French postcard.  You can read how I copy onto tissue HERE.  The interior was white washed, and scripted as well.




For all you bird lovers.




The silverware box above is from my post, "Watch The Birdie".  I'd only been blogging a short time when I shared it.  I used a bird from a cuckoo clock,




glued it to the top of the box, and gave it several coats of paint.  The interior I decorated with vintage wallpaper.




I love redesigning silverware boxes.  I find them at thrift stores, garage sales, etc.,  and they're usually in sad condition.  I just gut the interior, and have at it.




This is another silverware box I redesigned.  The interior is decoupaged with vintage wrapping paper.




For the top, I used a rose applique.  It was painted white as well, followed by dark wax for the antique finish.




A couple posts back, I showed you my simple angel silverware box.




Well, I did the same with my French graphic.




I also added a screw-in knob.




I added script to the interior.



This box was just white washed, and scripted.




This box received an applique, book pages, and an antique finish.








Here are a few more ideas for lidded boxes.  How about adding a little metal decoration to the lid.




This music box was white washed, which softened the original color.  I used a metal fragment, and numbered tack as embellishment.  You can review that post HERE.

Here's another one.  Same idea, with script.



This next box was part of one of my giveaways.



I used a dimensional design, and an applique on the exterior, and, sheet music for the interior.




If you have a large lidded box, why not add legs?




I turned this box into a footstool.  You can review how HERE.




Even cardboard can be jazzed up with a dimensional design, and a little imagination.  Check out the before HERE.  You can check out how to add dimension HERE, or check out my sidebar.




Here's another cardboard box idea.  I glued lace to the top, and gave the entire thing multiple coats of white paint.




The interior has a French book page.




So, did I give you any ideas?

I'll be sharing a bunch of open box ideas next.  I'll be honest.  Corral transformations are probably my favorites.



41 comments:

  1. You are quite an artist! What a gorgeous sampling of all your work!!!

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  2. I love them all, they're so pretty I just love the script work and the one with lace glued on and painted over - a great idea I must try out!. Thankyou for sharing all your lovely work xx

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  3. Rosemary, you are a font of inspiration! What awesomeness you are showing here, and YES. . .I have a box that is currently posing a dilemma for me as to HOW I want to finish it. . . my original idea isn't working out as I hoped. So,I am going to take a good look at your tutorials and try something different. You are a PEACH to share your creativity with us.

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  4. Mamma mia! COn te io rimango sopra il cielo!! Sei il mio idolo ROsymary!!

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  5. Love the photos and your creativity. I'm so glad you are willing to share with us! Kitty

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  6. Love the beautiful transformations you have done to all of these wonderful boxes!
    I also love decorating wooden boxes.

    Hugs and Blessings,

    Susan

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  7. Your boxes are beautiful works of art Rosemary:)

    I can't wait to find the perfect project for the downloads I purchased from you! I will send you appreciation pics!:)

    Take care:)
    ~S

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  8. You are so creative! I love your blog! I am new from southern charm. I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back! Nicole

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  9. BEAUTIFUL AS ALWAYS!!! Love everything. You are amazing and so talented.

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  10. Rosemary, when reading this and scrolling through the pictures, I just kept saying OMG!! These are treasures, so beautiful that I have to get one!! When I am in front of my computer later I will be looking to see if you have any on your Etsy shop. That footstool will be checked out too. I'd like to make one for the new house. Thanks so much for the inspiration and direction!!

    Cynthia

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  11. Wow -- can you believe you've done THAT many boxes?? So pretty -- my favorite is the one with the vintage wall paper inside. I love all of the ones with the script -- need to go back and go over your tissue paper tutorial as I have a few boxes of my own I'm working on!

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  12. I do so like your boxes. The one with the roses and vintage wrapping paper particularly. Absolutely gorgeous.

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  13. I am smitten with each of your box styles. Just when I find a favorite another tops my list. How wonderful that you rescue old sad boxes and make them beautiful. Blessings Dear...

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  14. I never get tired at gazing upon your beautiful creations - the boxes are my favorites. That is until you show a candlestick or a mirror or ...

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  15. Wow! I'm always so impressed with your transformation. They're all beautiful!

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  16. How many beautiful and inspiring creations, Rosemary! I was simply delighted when I saw each one of the pics... Be sure I´ll take some ideas for my own boxes!
    Blessings,
    K.

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  17. I missed "watched the birdie" and so glad I saw it this time. It is a beautiful box.

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  18. I'm loving your box transformations. Newest follower from HickoryTrail

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  19. Your designs are awe inspiring! I especially love the boxes... Truly special!!

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  20. What a lovely round up of all your beautiful box projects Rosemary. Everyone of them is beautiful. Thanks for also linking up at Shabbilicious Friday today.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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  21. I love them all--you are so creative! I don't know how you find the time to finish so many things!

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  22. I do have a thing for boxes and have several ready to work on. thanks for the inspiration!

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  23. Great projects! Love the white boxes!
    Thanks so much for sharing.Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  24. I love the box transformations. I love boxes and tins.

    I found you via Shabby Art link party. New follower.

    Handmade at Warratahstree

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  25. My goodness, you are so creative! Those boxes are GORGEOUS!

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  26. Oh, wow! Thanks for that! I tend to buy boxes and let them sit. And accumulate. They breed and multiply. Seeing your post with all those boxes at once has inspired me to get busy.

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  27. Hi Rosemary,
    Beautiful transformations! There is nothing that you can't make prettier! Congrats on your anniversary, I think you r dress was just lovely! I can't believe your sister made it.
    I love all your box transformations. I'm trying to pick out a favorite and can't. I love the first one. I love the cardboard ones as well. I know you were talking about redoing your office and you had the angel box pictured. Would you be interested in selling that one. I think it would look great with the bottles I was lucky enough to win for the tribute to my sister.just shoot me an email.
    Thanks and have a great weekend.

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  28. Oh yeah....your roses are amazing too....Is there anything you can't do?!!

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  29. I'm in love with all your boxes! They are all so beautiful. I have a lot of boxes of many shapes and sizes just waiting for make-overs and seeing your boxes was just the inspiration I needed...I'm pinning!! Enjoy your weekend, Gail

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  30. Your boxes are amazing, Rosemary! So many wonderful ideas and techniques. I never would have given those old silverware boxes a second glance, but now I will be on the hunt for them for sure:)

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  31. Beautiful creations Rosemary! Love that footstool!
    xx
    Anne

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  32. I love every one of your fabulous transformations, but my favorite is the white washed and scripted one.

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  33. Sempre bellissimi i tuoi lavori, eclettici e creativi. Ciao baci

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  34. I love your great talent and can't wait for each new idea you come up with!!!

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  35. They are all so beautiful Rosemary and a great source of inspiration for my load of Goodwill cigar boxes.

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  36. Just popping back sweet lady to let you know that I am featuring this post at Shabbilicious Friday tomorrow.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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  37. Rosemary...you have given me a great idea for a gift box....thank you for all of your never ending over the top creative ideas....I can always count on you for some great inspiration.

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  38. This gives me inspiration.

    I've got so many boxes sitting around waiting to be reworked....Cigar boxes, cute every day boxes, even two that at one time housed silverware. Both are in excellent condition. One belonged to my husbands grandmother (I want to redesign that one into a jewelry box), the other I got for $1 at a thrift store.

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