Occasionally I come across a box that I fancy restoring.
I bought two boxes in very poor condition for a tenner. I decided that the plain one was the perfect size to keep our essential oils in. This mahogany box was probably originally a small jewellery box with a lift out tray, but the tray was long gone and so was the bottom of the box itself. The lock was broken (and didn't fit properly anyway), but the sides and lid were in reasonable shape. The Elephant box is very ornate and was filthy with dirt & dust. It's been cleaned but I have not decided what to do with that yet.
The whole thing was given several coats of French polish and then lined with burgundy coloured velvet flock. The key was fitted with a small tassel to match.
My Granddaughter loves butterflies, so when I saw this box for sale for a tenner I couldn't resist it. A simple clean, hinge polish, two coats of spray acrylic lacquer and velvet lining. Great for her 'special' keepsakes.
Marquetry River Scene Sewing Box
A remarkable and exquisite marquetry box with river scene on the top and superb banding and detail. I've reinstated the tray supports and it's now for sale