I recently saw these banker boxes on the Pottery Barn website and was really drawn to them, mostly because of the typography. Very vintage.
Last year, a dear friend passed along a brown lidded box to me, but I had set it aside since I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it.
Ding, ding, ding.
First I painted it black.
Then I found a couple of fonts I liked, created the type in the size I wanted, and printed.
I flipped over the sheet and used white chalk to completely cover the area of type.
After cutting it smaller to make it more manageable, I placed the paper right-side up on the box.
I firmly traced around the type with a ballpoint pen. When I finished, it looked like this.
Using acrylic paint and a tiny brush, I colored on & inside the lines, a couple of coats.
I made mistakes along the way, but a toothpick works great for gently scraping away those stray paint marks and smoothing the edges.
Here’s what I had after wiping away the excess chalk.
Cute, but missing something.
I happened to have a darling drawer pull that I found on clearance at Target a few weeks ago. I measured, made my marks, and drilled two pilot holes in the lid.
Isn’t it a sweet pull?
Yes, now it’s finished. And it’s much easier to remove the lid.
I always have black paint on hand, so the only real expense was the $2.98 drawer pull. I’m using the box to store random cords such as my camera battery charger and USB cord. Shhh… don’t tell my 21-month-old. ;)
I created a PDF to share in case you’d like to try this on something of your own. You’ll just have to cut out what you need before applying the chalk. Click here or on the image to download.
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