Monday, July 19, 2010

The Box.

Once upon a time there was a box.  This isn't any old box.  This particular box has a story.  If you care to read the entire story, CLICK HERE.  So, after bringing the box home for a second time, we decided that it needed a little revamping and a special spot in our home so that the same story never repeated itself.

Here is what the box looked like before:
I wanted the box to look like it had a carved piece of wood on the side.  I went to my local hardware store and the cheapest wood piece they had was $6.  That isn't too bad, but I knew I could figure something out that was less expensive.  Hooray for my Cricut!
I cut out several pieces of the same shape onto cardstock and mod podged them on top of each other and then mod podged them onto the box.
Then I got out my paint, scrapbook paper, etc. out,  ready to spruce up the box.
After I painted the box black, I dry brushed a linen color to give it a weathered, distressed look.  Then I added scrapbook paper on the sides with mod podge and did a crackle finish on the handle.  I also added two jewels to cover up two of the nails.
Voila!  An old box transformed into a beautiful box!
Now it has a new home, proudly displayed on the back of the toilet, holding extra rolls of toilet paper.  It went from thrift store "re-find", to useful home decor.  I guess the fact that I had to buy it back from the thrift store wasn't so bad after all.


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83 comments:

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

It just turned out awesome!! The toilet paper just fits perfectly like that is what it was designed for in life!!!! Great job!

JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

Heavenly Savings said...

Thanks for joining Admirer Monday! I'm your newest follower! Hope to blog with you again soon!

Linda said...

Happy Monday! I'm following you via Admirer Monday! Have a great week~love your blog page!

Paula said...

You did an awesome job! I'm visiting from Admirer Monday. I already follow you.

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Patricia Torres said...

oh wow!! oh wow!! you've redone the box soooooooooo beautifully... Its simply gorgeous.. well done!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

What a cute story on the box and your rescue and redo worked wonderfully! I love the combo of prints and graphics and that little bit of bling. Excellent project!

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

How cute is this!?! And I love how it matches your shower curtain! :) Great job!!

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

Oh Lori what a great transformation. I just love it!

Haupi said...

Wow! You really worked some of your magic on that box - it looks fabulous!!! Great job! New follower from the Monday blog hop and I'm so glad I found your blog. I'd like to have you as one of my blogging buddies so I hope you come visit and follow my blog too. Thanks!

Haupi
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Midday Escapades said...

You are amazing. The box is lovely and functional. Love it!

Thanks for linking up with Fancy Meeting You Monday. I am following.

ArtsyCanvasGirl said...

Love the damask look! especially the black and white damask :) I found you through a blog hop and I am now a follower! Hope you can follow me back...
Love and blessings! Kathy
http://ArtsyCanvasGirl.blogspot.com

willoughbywhimsy said...

Adorable! Love the B/W theme, it's one of my fav's too! I have a bottle of Mod Podge around that I really need to do something with. You've given me some inspiration!
Thanks!

Ashley Sisk said...

This is such a cute idea. Thanks for visiting my blog today!

RenderMeMama said...

Hi there! Love this idea! Following through Fancy! We are a cloth diapering family also! Come follow me back, I love meeting new mommys!

Amy @ rendermemama.blogspot.com

Marie said...

That has to be the prettiest TP holder I've ever seen! Wow that cricut is really useful huh?
-marie

Angela said...

Thanks for following. I'm following you now too! Mommy Time Out!

Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch said...

What a great story!! When I was pregnant with my first baby I went garage sale shopping for baby clothes. There was one place that sold it by the bag for super cheap, but you couldn't look in the bag. I figured there would be some good and some bad, but gave it a try. I washed everything and what i didn't like i took to good will. When I had her my mom brought me a bunch of clothes and 3 of the outfits were ones that I had bought at the garage sale and then given to goodwill. too funny!

It looks great now. Thanks for linking to Messy Monday.

Ginger said...

Great transformation! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Kaysi said...

What a great box!!! I love the black!

Staci J said...

That is sooo chic! I LOVE the colors and design, it looks great in your bathroom!
visiting from justsewsassy.com

smashbravo said...

That really does look great.
Thanks for following our blog, we are now following you back ;0

Inspiring You To Save! said...

Very Cute! Thanks for linking up on Meet Me Monday! I hope to see you next Monday.

mle said...

That's an awfully cute tp holder!! & you're a good mom for buying back your own stuff : )

brandi @ tales of a domestic goddess said...

too cute and clever!!!
i need a tp box!! =)

visiting from sugar bee
{brandi}
{http://blakadomesticgoddess.blogspot.com}

Annie Louise said...

What a wonderful box. You did a great job.
Jeanette

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

I have a box like that. I use it for supplies in the laundry room. I have been wanting to re-paint it. Now I think I will bling it up like you did. Yours is darling.
Brooke

Stevie @ Home is Where My Heart is said...

BRILLIANT! I love!

Melissa said...

Love this project! Such a cute box. I forget about using scrap book paper for decorating things. Thanks for the reminder! I am your newest follower, found you on Follow Me Back linky party.

http://kensingtoncottage.blogspot.com

Brown Family Blog said...

I am working on a similar box that I found at the Goodwill. I was going to do the same thing! I plan on posting it next week on SugarBees linky party. It looks awesome!

Kim said...

Cute and functional - it looks great in that spot.

Em and Lib said...

So much better than spare roll on the back of the toilet! Darling!
*blessings*
LIB
http://bit.ly/av4LAK

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

So classy! It looks very cute sitting there~and it coordinates so well with the shower curtain. Well Done!

Ruthie said...

LOVE this! I need to make one of these! Thanks for sharing!

Denisa said...

I have the same shower curtain. Love it!! Great idea for the TP. I might try something like this. I have a pink bathroom with pink veined tile...pin toilet...pink sink...from 50 some odd years ago and I am not fond of it. Black is so lovely with pink and the curtain is gorgeous. Helps to hide the pink tub.

Alison said...

holy moly!! What a cute idea for T.P.! I seriously love it!! Great idea for those of us who don't have a lot of bathroom storage!!

Nikki said...

LOVE IT! Thanks for linking to gettin' crafty on hump day!!!!

Terri said...

found you on make it yours day. cutest TP box ever!! great job

shopannies said...

the black and paisley does a great job of dressing the box up and love the size perfect for sitting on the back of the bathroom comode where lots of great goodies can be kept

★All Thingz Related★ said...

Awe...I liked it with the snake on it! hehehe j/k looks great! Thanks for joining us for another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

RedHead said...

This turned out wonderful! I love the story behind it, I am still laughing! Have a great day!

LV said...

You did a great job on putting all this together for a very nice TP holder. The story was best of all.

Leanne said...

I love how this turned out. Great idea with using the cricut that way. I never would have thought of that. You've given me more ideas now. It looks beautiful in your bathroom. Thanks for joining We're Organized Wednesday. Have a great day.

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Very cute and creative idea! It looks great!

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Wow! What a wonderful job! I'll take one...ha ha
Thank you for sharing!
Have a good day.
Leticia
www.msbinglesvintagechristmas.com

Green Willow Pond said...

That is amazingly cute! And to think I sold a similar box in a garage sale, because I couldn't think of a good use for it!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a fantastic transformation!! I love the black in your bathroom. I have a black and pink Powder room!

Debbie

Sara said...

I think it's fantastic - and it's in the pattern/style that I'm LOVING at the moment, bonus!!

Coloradolady said...

I'm gonna show this to my daughter..she has a box very similar...this is so cute! Great job. Have a great VTT!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I featured this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com yesterday. Grab my 'featured' button.

Vonlipi said...

Lovely TP box. I read the whole story, it's hilarious!

That made my night!

Laura PARING DOWN said...

Hi, Lori.

I'm your newest follower from the Over 40 Friday Follow.

Love the wooden box. Love it.

Cheers!
Laura

http://www.paringdown.com

Helena said...

Ooh, this is pretty! It's perfect in the bathroom.

Thank you for participating in the Therapy Session with Life in the Pitts!

Its A Blog Party said...

It looks amazing! And it goes perfectly in that bathroom!
Thanks for linking up!
~Liz

Jacqueline said...

Hopping over from 504 Main. Fantastic, all of your attention to detail. This is just gorgeous. I would love to see the gorgeous bathroom it is going into.

Tere said...

What an awesome way to store tp! Looks awesome with the shower curtain! Thanks for sharing at It' Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

Chic Creations said...

You did a nice job. Very cleaver and cute. Thanks for sharing

Michelle said...

Awesome! Just love the black and white.

Stephani said...

That is genius!! Go cricut!

Thanks for linking up to Crafty Friday!

Christine:) said...

Hi Lori:) Thanks for linking up! This is so cute...your black-and-white bathroom looks beautiful!

Laura @ Just For Love said...

Hey! Found you over at the linky party at Tater Tots and Jello.

That turned out sooooo cute! Job well done, my dear : )

Love,
Laura

Kat from California said...

Ironically just a few minutes ago I was trying to think of a way to embellish wood frames to have a raised wood shabby chic look. Layering paper ..what a great idea!!! Makes me want one of those cricut machines even more. sigh!

Thanks for sharing.


Katharine @ Kat's Almost Purrfect World
http://katspurrfectboutique.blogspot.com

Mel said...

A great update and a fabulous journey back home.

Red Couch Recipes said...

Wow! What a transformation! And to think that my son's toolbox that he made in Scouts...which looked very much like your "box" made it to the trash! Joni

Debbie said...

That is so stinkin cute and clever....I just love finding new ideas, that I could actually do myself! Thanks for sharing and joining in on the party. Have a great weekend. Debbie

Mine for the Making said...

LOVE this!!! I spend a lot of time with Mod Podge...it's so awesome. I love the jewel you added...totally dressed it up!

Visiting from Tatertots and Jello!

Kara @ MinefortheMaking.com

AmieAnn said...

Love the old box makeover! Matches beautifully to your bathroom!
I'm now a follower!
http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/

Driftwood Girl said...

Wow, I LOVE this! The finished product is perfectly suited to your bath decor! Go you :)

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

It turned out so good. and a great way to hold toilet paper! I love the black and white! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

What a cute idea! I love it. It looks great in your bathroom.

AUDRA said...

love it!

Thanks for socializing with me Monday til Sunday!

I featured this today!

http://simpsonizedcraftsandthensome.blogspot.com/2010/07/socialize-with-me-monday-til-sunday_26.html

hope to see you this week! :)

Anna said...

Great story. I love your re-do and your bathroom decor. One thing I hate about renting, I'm stuck with pink and grey tile!

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

Hi Lori,
Thanks for linking up to Twice Owned Tuesday last week. I love it and I am going to feature you tonight. I am also your newest follower.
Bonnie :)

The Harris Family said...

Adorable transformation! I love the black and white.
-Crystal

Scrappy Gifts said...

Fabulous job! Love the whole look. Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays!

creativejewishmom.com said...

Love it! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, hope to see you again this week!

creativejewishmom.com said...

Love it! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, hope to see you again this week!

Alida L. said...

It is beautiful and unique! Great project!

Kuzak's Closet said...

What a great way to hide the TP! Thanks for linking up to Sister Sister Sunday!

Its So Very Cheri said...

I am adding this to my favs list

Shell said...

Thanks so much for this idea! You just gave me an idea for a chest I'm doing. Love love love your shower curtain mind sharing where you got it? skyhunteress at gmail dot com Thanks so much

José Maria Lobato said...

Hi, what an excelent work you have there, I am impressed and I will return here more often for a closer look.
Did not know about that Cricut machine, it is just amazing, I will try to find out how to get it to Brazil, thanks for the tips and keep up with the good work, you are an artist!!!
Hugs, José

Michelle Rayburn said...

I love the mod-podge idea! Another way to use my cutter.

Michelle
from Trash to Treasure Decorating