A Box For The Remotes and A Tulipiere

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I don't know about you guys, but at my house one of the most commonly heard phrases is, wheres the remote?

I decided to corral them in a box. Keeping them in one place will make it easier for us to keep up with them (hopefully). I bought a bunch of cigar boxes at goodwill and transformed  one to hold the remotes. Here is a picture of the box before,

The boxes are pretty in their original state and they  have a lovely cedar aroma. However I needed  the box to fit in with my decor so I did this to it,

I started by painting on three coats of a white gesso and paint mixture, then after it was dry I transferred a framed roman bust image that I purchased from etsy. I transferred the image using TAP transfer paper. It's an artist transfer paper that you can iron on to many surfaces. I purchased mine from Amazon. I haven't seen it in the local craft stores. I stamped on a border of flowers and leaves in the corners and around the sides. I waxed the box with a coat of clear wax and then a coat of wax that I tinted gray with pigment. I wiped it back then sanded the whole box to distress it. I sanded the stamped borders and the image heavily to give it a worn appearance.

I lined the inside with an old PDR circa 1960.  A Physicians Desk reference is a book of commonly used medications, their chemical components,and side effects. The graphics are really interesting and it had a pretty aged patina.

I also wanted to share another good will gem.

The Tulipiere,

 It had a pattern on it that I hated so I spray painted it white. I'm looking forward to adding flowers to it over the summer. In my haste to paint it I didn't take a before picture. Thanks for stopping by. I'll be joining these ladies this week.

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                             Craftberry Bush

                            My Romantic Home


  1. What a perfect solution for your remotes...and a pretty one too!

  2. Wow- I love the way that turned out...even the lining is special and wonderful. GREAT job- xo Diana

  3. Those darn remotes there is just no way to shabby them up but I have to admit I love your
    alternate transformation. Cute idea to roll old text, Your blog is always a treat to visit. I love your creative ideas. Thanks for always sharing. Kathy

  4. Nice makeover on the box and I like your thinking, Karen! I also picked up a thrift store box {no top} to hold all our remotes. It just seems so much neater when they are corraled.

  5. Love your box! What a great idea. I love how you decorated it.

    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  6. Great idea! I like to corral things in pretty containers too. My challenge would be to get hubby to actually use it! :-)
    Mary Alice

  7. Love it my sweet new friend. JUST love it all. YOU did fabulous and your place looks totally amazing.... Magazine worthy

  8. How pretty! What a wonderful solution to an annoying clutter issue.

  9. Karen,

    You amaze me as usual! No one would think that was a simple cigar box! Gorgeous doesn't begin to do it justice. I miss you, drop me an email when you can.


  10. Ale cudowna przemiana .Pomysł na pudełko super.Efekt końcowy powalający!!

  11. Beautiful transformation! so practical too!

  12. So pretty!
    My husband has tons of these boxes, thanks for the idea!

  13. Karen you did a fantastic job on this box. I love it!


  14. I used to decorate cigar boxes all the time--so much fun :) Yours looks great!

  15. What a transformation! Cigar box to work of art! Fancy schmancy place for the remote! Beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

  16. Pięknie. pięknie . Pozdrawiam serdecznie papa Jola

  17. What a great storage box for the remotes. You gave the box a great finish.

  18. The box looks corgeous, I love it! :)

  19. so clever and VERY pretty! i need to have a go at making one myself. i just hate those remotes lying al over the place....SO not a"pretty" accessory to ones decor!

  20. LOVE that box and what a clever way to stash the remotes! :)

  21. Buona idea Karen, sicuramente da copiare .
    Grazie .

  22. Love this idea, I definitely have to do this for our controls I hate seeing them everywhere!Thanks for sharing awesome idea :)


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