This box came home with me a few months ago either from a garage or an estate sale. It wasn't nearly as pretty then as it is now.
I wasn't sure what I was going to use it for and I'm still not sure what to put inside, but when I received one of Dreamweaver's newest stencils for 2013, LX7021 Corner Flowers, I knew exactly how to use it.
As usual, I forgot to take a before picture, but I can tell you it was ugly brown bare wood. I sanded it down slightly then primed it with Kilz primer before painting it a wonderful honeycomb color.I thought I wanted to collage some old music sheets to it so glued those down first. When the paint and music paper were dry I placed my stencil into position and used painter's tape to hold it in place while I guided my embossing paste across it.
I left it overnight to make sure it was thoroughly set before going to the next step. I decided to repaint it and when I spread the paint it lifted the collaged music paper. I let it all dry and simply decided to sand it all down to remove the music paper. I wanted the indentations of this stencil to really stand out so using a stencil brush I pushed Dreamweaver Metallic F/X Mica Powder in Amber Glow into every crack and crevice of the design and brushed the excess off.
It still wasn't quite right so I layered more paint, sanding, Metallic F/X Mica Powder and wiping until I was satisfied with the way it looked. The layering really makes the detail in the stenciled design stand out. It looks like it was carved into the top of the box rather than stenciled on.