Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Traditional Decorative Tissue Box

I am always on the hunt for awesome thrift or clearance find, at an even more awesome price.  This tissue box I must say ended up being one of them.

First, lets start with the wooden design I used.

These two wooden designs were custom made by Unique Laser Designs.  I think these are such classic decorative pieces and work perfect paired up with household items. 
Now lets get started transforming this awesome find from kid the friendly look to an adult traditional look.

First start by covering your entire box with a good coat of gesso. This step may actually require two coats of gesso, to guarantee a good base coat.  The gesso will aid in you using less paint to cover all sides.  It will also create a great surface to paint on, being the tissue box is covered in fabric.

Next I mixed my two colors together to get this fabulous deep brown/bronze tone.

Cover the entire box with your paint mix, including the inner tab around the base and the small inner lip portion.  This will give you a more finished look.  Don't concern yourself with the inside walls of the box, as this part will not be seen once your tissue supply is inserted.

Moving on to the fun part...enhancing the wood embellishment.

After you have covered your wooden embellishments with black soot distressed paint, begin adding the Inka Gold Rub. This quick and simple technique gives any wooden piece the look of metal.

Once you are satisfied with your paint job, then spray all pieces evenly with a gloss varnish.  This varnish will protect and seal your design from dust seeping in, moisture and most of all prevent the paint color from fading.

And there you have it, a more costly looking decorative tissue box that will display nicely in any spot of your home.

Products Used:
Fabric Covered Tissue Box
Expresso and Metallic Copper Acrylic Paints
Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Paint
Inka Gold Metallic Gold Rub
Helmar Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish and Silicone Adhesive Sealant


  1. I love how this turned out. The box looks like leather, and you did a great job on the wood...it totally looks like an aged piece of metal. You should make some more for your Etsy page. ;)

  2. Wow! This is awesome! So elegant! :)