Apr 23, 2018

{Wooden Box Project}



I am still working on the kitchen makeover. And let me just say....I am about to be SO OVER IT! LOL! Check list at this point: 
Walls painted
Kitchen cabinets cleaned and polished
Base boards purchased, painted and down
Small bench makeover completed
One wall completed with bench decor
Curtains hung
Vintage Corner Hutch purchased and makeover in progress
Tops of Kitchen cabinets decorated completely-pictures to come
Hardware purchased and installed! (YAY) 
Kitchen print I made and framed (will share soon) 
500 other projects going on at same time! LOL!
Just teasing on that 500 number!

 So, to give me a break from KITCHEN I decided to work on my little wooden tote box that so many of you gave me ideas on what to use it for. 

Remember this box? I paid 2$ for it.


 Grabbed my trusty palm sander and went to work on it. 


After I sanded the box and wiped it down with a damp cloth I let it dry good. 

Then I printed on the computer the words FRESH HERBS in the font that I liked. 
My friend Pam from Everyday Living gave me the idea of putting fresh herbs in my wooden box. 
If you have not visited Pam and Butch please go by. Take the time to read "Our Story, His Glory". You will be forever blessed.   

I love fresh herbs. I love to plant them, smell them and cook with them. What better purpose for my wooden box.  

Once I got the box painted I then took the printed words, "Fresh Herbs" and taped it across the front of the wooden box. With a pen I pressed down pretty hard as I traced each letter onto the box. With wood if you use this technique the indention is usually so visible that it makes it easy to trace. 


Not perfect but it was beginning to look like I wanted it too. Instead of using paint with a brush I decided to use a Black Paint Pen. Oh this was so easy to do. Love paint pens for small projects such as these. 


I found a small stencil I had in my craft box and I added a small design on each ends of the box. 

 Prepared my jars with rocks, potting soil and a tad of Miracle-Gro along with parsley, mint and cilantro.


Now just look at my cute little wooden Herb Box. Yes, I am proud as punch! It will probably go in my kitchen too. 

Do you cook with herbs?

I harvested dill over the weekend and popped several bags in the freezer.


If you really want your floral piece to smell nice add some fresh herbs. I popped in some dill, rosemary, cilantro and of course a pretty rose with a few branches off my red tips. 




 Enjoyed these kiddos over the weekend.


And managed to get a new floral arrangement made to go over the top of my refrigerator.

SHH..................Don't tell anyone but I did sneak in a yard sale. LOL! 

Praying that you all have a lovely week. I am working on my patience right now...which one are you working on? 

Hugs and blessings, Cindy







48 comments:

  1. Ooh Cindy, your wooden box redo turned out so pretty! Love the fresh herbs in the jars. Your new floral arrangement is going to be beautiful on your fridge, too. The verse from Galatians is my VERY FAVORITE!!! I have it right here on my desk, and wrote it just recently to one of my grandsons when he made his confirmation. I am working on JOY and writing down each day, in a journal, what brought me JOY. Enjoy your week, my friend! xx

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    1. Joy is a good word to journal on daily . I love the wooden tote box too . Not too shabby for 2$ . Hope you have a good day Kitty .

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  2. Well, Cindy, that is just as cute as can be. I rarely cook with herbs but I sure like to eat food fixed with them. :o)) We have Rosemary by the boatload out in our flower beds. It's so pretty and smells so good. Love all your other finds as well.

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    1. Thanks Lea . Oh wow Lea. I would love to have all that rosemary . Yes it smells so good .

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  3. Cindy that is such a pretty wooden box, you can even put it on the table as a centerpiece. I really like you simple but very effective technique of the black pen. I hope you'll be finishing the kitchen soon. I've still got another three rooms to do. :)

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    1. Thanks Mary . Three more rooms ! Girl you have way more energy than me .

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  4. Your project turned out really cute Cindy! I'm enjoying your kitchen process. :)

    Your family always makes me smile.

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  5. Good morning dear Cindy!
    You did such a fabulous job sanding and painting that cute little box. That's a neat idea to use mason jars instead of pots to hold your herbs. I have only grown basil and parsley...right now parsley is the only herb I have, and we use it a lot to cook with. :)
    I am working on self control...and loving bigger. :)

    Love,
    Ashley

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    1. Thanks . I love cooking with herbs . Love the smell . Makes everything smell so fresh .

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    2. Oh, and I also love your new header. So pretty!

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    3. Thanks. I will probably change it out again before long. But suits me now to be simple. Kinda like me. LOL!

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  6. Oh my gosh, what a crafty girl you are! I just love what you did to that darling box...absolutely a perfect idea and the final results is fabulous! I do like fresh herbs and I have tried my hand at growing them a few times with not the best results. And what a couple of great finds...that mortar and pestle is awesome! Can't wait to see the rest!

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    1. Thank friend . Yes i almost squealed when i spotted that mortar . I’ve been wanting one bit refused to pay what they wanted . Good old thrift store !

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  7. What a great idea for your tote! I love working with fresh herbs, too, but they don’t do very well for me inside. I’ve got a spot in a new garden off our grilling porch (near the kitchen) so I’ll be planting mine there. Your little tote is so cute, I may try this for cut herbs. Adding a little green in the kitchen makes it look so inviting! I know you are getting anxious to get your kitchen finished and it already looks gorgeous! Can’t wait for the full reveal! Wishing you a happy and wonderful week, dear friend!!

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    1. Thank you . Yes I’m about to be over kitchen . lol . I love herbs . I grow them pretty much all year round . They smell so good .

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  8. I love how you did up the box! Soooo cute! Adding actual herbs made it even better! You've gotten so much done on your kitchen. You're almost there. You're making me want to hit up the thrift stores today!

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    1. Thsnks Heather . That one stop thrifting made my day . Lol .

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  9. Everything looks so nice, Cindy. Love the herb box! And the flower arrangement you made to put on your refrigerator is just GORGEOUS!

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    1. Thanks so much . I too love the floral arrangement .

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  10. I do use herbs .....when I cook!haha...which I do not do often. But I love to grow them. I used to have rosemary, basil and oregano in pots on my deck so I could just run my hands over them to smell them. I don't seem to have a lot of luck with herbs but I am going to shoot for putting some in the garden this yr. I love your box. That find turned out great with some paint and love. Nice job.

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    1. I too do the same thing Pam. I love to just rub my hands on the herbs. Such a great and fresh smell.

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  11. You know...I believe there's a little box similar to that somewhere in this house...probably the basement. I'm thinking a little makeover!!! You did a great job. I love that it holds fresh herbs...they smell so good! Your sweet grand kiddos are growing up so fast...just like ours! Boo! I'm wanting another one...but I'll just have to enjoy yours!!! ;-)

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    1. Find your little box Deb. and fix it up. I may even decide to put some fauz herbs in there too later on. Yes, you can enjoy my babies! LOL! But you sure have some sweet ones too.

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  12. I Love the herb box and the floral arrangement. Have a Happy Day Cindy. Hugs.

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  13. Hang in there....you are rocking your kitchen projects!! I love the idea of fresh herbs in the kitchen and your upcycled wooden box is perfect for that.

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    1. Thanks Ann Marie. I am in need of staying home long enough to get more done! LOL!

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  14. Hang in there, Cindy!

    What a great idea to use the wooden box for your herb plants. I must admit that I'm not much of a gardener. I had onions and mint growing in my tiny garden, but have never tried to actually harvest them. HA!

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    1. Girl, get out there and harvest some of those herbs. I love it. But then I like cooking with them so it makes it easier. I have quite a bit of dill in freezer now. But I love it on different types of fish as well as some veggies.

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  15. Oh my goodness!! Such great ideas here... I love your herb box. I have a box very similar and I just may have to copy your idea. What a wonderful project!! I can't wait to see your finished kitchen. You must have a kitchen party when it is done!! Love seeing you with your grandkids/family. You are truly blessed. Thank you for sharing your interesting projects and family with us!! such a joy!!

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    1. Thanks Pam. Time I get through not sure if I will be up to a party! LOL! But what a great idea.

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  16. Cindy, forgive my tardiness for commenting, we took a little trip out of town yesterday! Firs, how sweet of you to give me a big shout-out! The box is perfect with the mason jars full of herbs, it tuned out so pretty! Hang in there, your kitchen will be finished and it will be worth the hard work. That is a beautiful floral arrangement that you made...you are so very talented. Time spent with the grands is the best! Your Tablescape is so lovely and I know it smells delightful! Hugs and blessings, sweet friend!

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    1. Glad you took a little trip Pam. I am feeling a getaway might be on my list before long. Thanks Pam for your sweet comments.

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  17. Love how your box turned out! I love to grow herbs too. I never have an overabundance to freeze but love to smell them and cook with them. The floral arrangement turned out really pretty. I love that container too. As always I know you enjoy your grands. Sent you an email with the name of that font you wanted. Be sure to check it.
    Connie Royal

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    1. Connie, thanks for the email.Love that font. I have used that container that I done the floral arrangement in for several things for showers, parties and etc. It worked out perfect for flowers.

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  18. What a wonderful idea! I love your completed little herb box! So pretty! Can't wait to see your finished kitchen. :) God bless you, sweet friend.

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  19. Hi! Your wooden box turned out so beautiful. I have never done anything like that but have a box that could be done if I would try! (Or get hubby to!) Nancy

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  20. Awesome herb box make over!! Some of you ladies just amaze me with your projects!
    I love cooking with herbs, but trying to grow them here is a waste of time.
    I do buy fresh at the store though.
    Rosemary and basil are my two favorites.
    Hang in there, soon your kitchen will be completed and you will be singing for joy.
    Our two month big remodel is completed and there were times I was wondering why we did it, but wow is it ever nice, well worth it. Hard work, but worth it all.
    Your flower arrangement is gorgeous.

    What a blessing to visit with you, dear Cindy.

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    1. Thanks Debbie. I don't get on projects too much but when I do I go 100 MPH it seems. I usually bite off more than I can chew. lOL! Oh girl, remodel is work!

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  21. You did an awesome job on the herb box...so planting in glass jars limits the drainage...how do you keep the herb roots from too much water ? It is such a darling idea and sooo cute.

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    1. Thanks BJ. I am struggling with the drainage. I over watered one time and had to let them sit outside to get sun to dry up. It's a trail and error with the drainage. I might wind up putting faux ones in the jars.

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  22. Oh, I need you to come stay with me for a few months so you can help me get my projects done! I love what you did with your tote. I have a HUGE wooden tote that's too big for anyplace in my home. Maybe I should use outdoor paint and fill it with pots of herbs on the patio hear my kitchen. You always inspire me. Oh, yes, we have millions of yard sales so you need to bring a BIG trailer when you come! LOL
    ~Adrienne~

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    1. Thanks Adrienne. Girl, I would love to come and go thrifting with you.

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  23. Cindy,
    LOVE the new floral arrangement and also the wooden box redo!!! Both so lovely!!
    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!! And thanks for your kind and encouraging words on my post about getting my MOJO back. Thanks also for calling me a strong woman......I do tend to think of myself as one because I have had to fight and work hard for everything that I have in life.......But sometimes, it can be quite daunting....
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Awe, Debbie, you are so sweet. You are one strong gal.

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So glad you stopped by to visit.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy