Make stylish vintage boxes in four easy steps
• raw wooden boxes (ours are 400 x 130mm)
• pretty handles with short panel pins
• wood stain with sealant, or ordinary stain
• sponge brush
1 Pour a little wood stain into a glass bowl and dip your sponge brush into it. Paint the outside of the box and the edges using light, even strokes so that the stain doesn’t make drops.
2 Paint the inside of the box in the same way and leave it to dry completely.
3 Apply another coat of stain over the first layer, to deepen the colour. Leave to dry and paint on another coat, if you prefer.
TIP: If you are using an ordinary stain, you can now varnish the box if you wish to seal it.
4 Attach the handles to the front of the box with panel pins once the stain is completely dry.
TIP: If you prefer, you can use metal label holders - they will give a similar appearance. Screw in place and write on the card what is inside the drawer.
Text and image source: Ideas magazine