Thursday, March 4, 2010

We were meant to be together

A few months ago, I spotted this little box at the Goodwill store.
I didn't buy it at the time, but as the days passed, I couldn't stop thinking about it.
So, as any self-respecting thrift store addict would do, I went back to see if it was still there.

And it wasn't.
I was so disappointed.

But I cannot waste a GW trip, so I wandered around the store looking for another treasure.

Much to my surprise, I found the box tucked away in a spot that it wouldn't usually have been in.

And that's how this little box came to live at our house.

But, I have a dilemma....
I can't decide what to do with it.

It definitely needs a paint job.
However, I can't decide if I like the carved wheat on the top.
Should I get some wood filler? Should I leave it as is?
Should I replace the wrought iron hinges? Should I keep them?
Should I replace the little white handle or work some spray paint magic on it?
And then there is the gut wrenching decision of what color to paint it....

So I ask all of you, my thrift store make-over peeps--
What would you do? Do tell!!!


Janene said...

What a fantastic find!
Personally I would leave the wheat design, the hinges and the knob. I would basecoat it in black. Any top coat color would look great! And when you sand, to distress it, the wheat pattern will really show through! It will look fantastic!
You are a very lucky girl to have found such a wonderful treasure!

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Well, IMHO I think the carved design dates it so I would fill it in. Then paint it a neutral color -like ivory or a tan, distress it and either replace the knob with wood painted to match or spray it black. And keep the hinges and maybe spray them black too! It was indeed meant to be!! :-)

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Hi JoAnn,
I recently purchased a wall cupboard with engraving like that...I just had Stush turn the door around...I never thought of wood filler but that's what I would use if I were to redo it.

I've seen them done in black and they look so prim that way and I'd keep the hardware just paint over it:)

Have a great day!


Anonymous said...

I think that you should just take and reverse the cover and put the wheat to the inside and then later if you want it you can then have it. Love all your ideas

Blessing Debi

Gettysburg Homestead said...

You know me always willing to lend my opinion. LOL.

I like the wheat on the top and the wrought iron. What if you just painted over it sanded to prim it then darkened it. It would still be there just now at noticable. Me I would try maybe just a darker stain first and see what it looks like. I still like to have a few "wood" looking items. I would try to find a different handle though. I'm not into the white.


Anonymous said...

I agree with that little box needing a paint job, but I would leave the carved wheat on top. It would add a bit of dimension, don't you think?

Angie Berry said...

Well girl.. I'm not good at making decisions. That's why I'm thankful I'm not the head of our household. He he! Those are some good questions and I hope you have it figured out by now.

For my house, I would paint this black and sand the edges. The wheat would show just enough for you to see the carving. Then I would change out the knob to a wrought iron one. I hope you show a picture of it finished!