Island Inspired Recycle Box

The Mister is the kind of guy that is very handy.  He can make most anything he wants.  So, when I asked him to whip up a crate-like box, that I could use to recycle our paper junk mail, he made me the coolest thing!  It's a wooden box made of individual slats, but the part that makes it so cool is the randomness he incorporated for crazy 'ole me.  The slats have varying heights and angles.  He called it the island fence box and when he gave it to me... he instructed me to paint it up using lots of color to get that island feel.  Isn't he wonderful?

It was so relaxing to snuggle up on the floor in front of the TV and spread out my paints in anticipation of going a little paint color crazy.  As I painted and changed colors, I actually didn't rinse or clean my brush in between.  The result was a really dynamic mixing and swirling of colors.  Gives the box a great texture.

While I was up to my elbows in paint, my assistants weren't too far away.  It's amazing how close Katie (left) and Sammy (right) have gotten.  I mean they are laying less than a hand length away from each other, nose to nose.  Ad-or-able!

And, then I was spotted.  Time to get back to painting. 

Here's a shot of my work space.  I used a plastic palette and you can see how the brushes are covered in many colors.  I think the mixing and blending is what made this project so much fun for me.  I painted all the surfaces with the exception of the bottom and am really head-over-heels for the result. 

...and so was Sammy.  She kept trying to put balls, toys, and bones in the box while I had it on the ground to take a few pictures.  It was heart breaking to explain this wasn't for her.

The inside.  I was really getting the hang of the mixing and distressing once I got to this part. 

One of the corners and sides.  I think the red-purple plank may be one of my favorites.

Sure makes getting junk mail a more enjoyable experience.  I mean, any excuse to stare loving at this box!  And once the box is full, then we wrap all that unwanted paper, fliers, and magazines with twine and stick it in the recycle bin on trash day. 

Feels almost as good as sipping a rum drink on the beach in Caribbean, doesn't it?  Do you recycle your junk mail? 


Teje Karjalainen said...

That's the most beautiful re-cycle box! Great idea and so well done! Perfect work and beautiful painting! x Teje

Becky said...

Gorgeous, and I totally predict that it'll become a box for dog toys LOL! That is too funny!

Rita said...

It's so cute!

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! What a colorful BOX. Woof! Woof! to Sammy and Katie. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Megan said...

It turned out great, love a handy Mr!

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