Sunday, August 3

Welcome To The 187th Masterpiece Monday and Mini Storage Boxes!

Hi Everyone!  I'm back again with another project inspired  from my  Model Home Tour.         
Last week I posted about my Lamp Inspiration from the model home tour. This week I recreated this box and octopus display below........

I was fortunate enough to find this plastic toy octopus at a thrift store for $1.99. The plastic sea turtle I found at a yard sale for .25 cents. I decided to also make a small turtle box as well.

For the boxes I decided to make over this tissue covered cigar box and a small oval shaped plain cardboard box I've been saving.
Now, as for painting, I would suggest spray paint made to cover plastic. However, I don't currently own any, so I wanted to see if I could get away without buying it.  I experimented by simply trying some white interior paint I got for free from the recycle center. It went on thin and didn't cover well at all. I knew it would take forever and a lot of coats to cover. So I tried mixing half paint and half white school glue. It worked better than I ever thought it would and completely covered in one coat!
I loved the pattern on the inspiration box. I wanted something that looked like marble or stone for my recreation, and I choose this scrapbook paper called turquoise and rust. For attaching the paper, I used school glue and a paint brush. Super easy.
I had enough paper left over to line the smaller box and for the outside, I used the remainder of paper from this project.

For the inside of the octopus box, I used and ocean inspired paper that I already had.

This box is perfect for tucking away the tv remotes. The other one is going to store guitar picks.

The books I used for this vignette were also purchased at the thrift store. I thought it would be amusing in particular to use 20,000 leagues under the sea!

I love both of these coffee table books!

This weeks features

Greek Lamb Chops with Lemon Yogurt Sauce from simply fresh dinners

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Have a blessed week,


  1. Thanks for hosting. Your boxes look great!

  2. Thank you for hosting, Mary! I love your vignette! The octopus and turtle are adorable additions!

  3. Great copy cat project - you nailed it! Thanks for hosting. Sally

  4. Hello cute lady! Thanks for hosting. I'm loving it. Please come and party with us tonight. We love having you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  5. Perfect seaside vignette! Loved seeing how you transformed things. Happy to be joining the party today.

  6. Okay, I love Mr. Octopus! He's so cute!! Thank you for hosting, Mary! Happy Week to you! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  7. Love the seaside vignette and it is a nice complement to my RV post I am sharing. Thanks for the fun party!

  8. Love the octopus too, adorable box with it. Thanks for the lovely party.
    Have a blessed week.

  9. Wow! Your boxes with the painted sea creatures look so VERY high end! Great job. Thanks for passing along those ideas. Your California book reminded me of the fun ride we took recently at Disney World called "Soaring" where you feel like you are flying over parts of was wonderful. Thanks for hosting your party for us!

  10. Wow, I love your turtle and octopus! Thanks for hosting! Blessings, Cecilia

  11. Oooh, I love that octopus - who would have thought?! Thanks for hosting, Jane

  12. That octopus is too cute!!! Thanks so much for hosting!

  13. Oh my, Mary, you come up with the most original creations. Love the turtle and octopus! Thanks so much for featuring my lamb dish - so kind of you!
    Trying to do this on my phone while I'm on vacation so hope it all works, lol. Take good care!

  14. Everything looks so amazing! I love this. Pinned. We truly love you being a part of our party. I hope you get chance to stop by tonight at 7 pm. It wouldn't be a party without you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls