Unique Craft Styles: Create Vintage Wooden Boxes

Create vintage boxes

Create stylish storage in just four steps, and turn a raw wooden box into an old library card catalogue drawer.


You will need:

  • raw wooden boxes (ours are 400 x 130mm)
  • pretty handles with short panel pins
  • wood stain with sealant, or ordinary stain
  • sponge brush
  • hammer

To make:

Step 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.

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Step 2 - Paint the inside of the box in the same way and leave it to dry completely.

Step 3 - Apply another coat of stain over the first layer, to deepen the colour. Leave to dry and paint on another coat.

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TIP: If you are using an ordinary stain, you can now varnish the box if you wish to seal it.

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Step 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.

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