Distressed paper mache boxes are one of the key items common in primitive home decorating. They are versatile because of the variety of sizes and the infinite color choices available to you. They mimic old wood boxes once used for storage. Finding the antique wood boxes is harder and more expensive than being able to make your own boxes.
- paper mache box…any size or shape will do
- black paint and paint brush
- wax candle stick…white or cream colored only
- your choice paint color for top coat
- medium grit sandpaper
This process looks great with a dark undercoat of paint (like black or dark brown) and a lighter top coat (like mustard or taupe) or you can apply the light paint as the base coat with a dark color on top. As long as there's a noticeable contrast in color, you'll achieve an awesome look to your distressed paper mache boxes.
Step 1: Paint the paper mache box black. Let dry.
Step 2: Once your paint is dry, rub the candle all over the box. Brush off any wax flakes.
Step 3: Paint your contrasting top color over the wax layer.
Step 4: When your paint is dry, use your sandpaper all over the box. Seriously, that's all there is to it!
You can stain or varnish your paper mache. I didn't use either here, but when I do stain I like to use Min Wax Gel stain and a soft cloth.
There are so many ways to finish off your boxes! Stack them in different colors and sizes. Paint words or designs on the front using stencils. Stitch a piece of muslin and glue it on the front…be creative!