Bullseye!

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July 15, 2013 by Decorum DIYer

Happy Monday morning, all!

Today I am sharing with you a quick, little project I decided to do just this morning, thanks to my bloggy friend, Jennifer of Brave New Home, and her “Inspired Design Challenge“.

This wooden box with gold accents via Nake Berkus’ collection at Target:

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I’ll be honest, there wasn’t much at Target that inspired me.  I’m not a big shopper (mostly because I don’t have the funds) and a lot of Target’s items are so ‘everywhere’ and watered-down that they often don’t feel personal to me.  Too commercial, too much of what everyone has.

That said, this ‘inspiration’ is more of a total knock-off, but it makes something I already own a little more special.  I have (or should I say, my husband has) this little box stored away in a drawer:

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A handsome, wooden box in and of itself, but certainly nothing special I could display.

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The plain top that is ready for some diy love.

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As you can see, my husband uses this box to store some miscellaneous guitar stuff. (I have no idea what these things are for.)

So, here is my interpretation of the above:

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As you can see, the execution isn’t perfect, but I am pleased.

This project was done in fifteen minutes and with supplies I already had: painter’s tape, bronze craft paint, small paint brush, and a ruler.

The hardest part of this project was trying to steal a few moments kid-free to both take photographs and execute my plan.

Here is the hilarity that ensued:

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Phantom hand?

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Do you know how hard it is to take a photograph of something when three little gremlins are stealing your objects and climbing you like Mount Kilimanjaro?

Not. easy.

Eventually, I locked myself into my bedroom.  I kid you not, all three of them were clawing at the door like hungry zombies.  And people wonder why I can’t get anything done! 😉

Here is a reasonable photo of the box all taped up and the first coat of paint.

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Elmo says “Hello”. (I know, my life is glamorous and you are hella jealous. 😉 )

Honestly, I like the small transformation.

Of course, I modified the design a bit, but I think the chunkier chevron stripes that wrap around the box lid are better proportioned for the piece.

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Be sure to check out Jennifer’s post today.  She has a lovely piece of artwork, as inspired by a Target piece.

In future weeks there will be additional challenges.  You can check out Brave New Home for more information.  I hope you play along.  What inspires you?

Have a great day!

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11 thoughts on “Bullseye!

  1. Christa says:

    I love it. I do like your chunkier version too, it looks great with that size box. Great job!

    • Thanks! This was one unexpected tweak. (My husband doesn’t know yet. Maybe I will tuck it back into the drawer and see if/when he notices the change. hehehe) Although, sometimes completing one, small project helps me tackle the bigger projects (eh hem, master bedroom)?

  2. Lol! I almost did the exact same project! That was like the only item I was really considering from Target. Thanks so much for playing along! I hope you’ll join us next week, too!

    • Ha! Well, greats mind DO think alike. Even funnier, my husband came home a few moments ago. I left the box on the nightstand. He came out of the bedroom and said, “How did you make that box? It looks really cool!” Score one for me! I was secretly worried that he would be angry I painted his box without asking. 😉 I’ll try to continue to play along with the challenges. Thank you for inviting me!

  3. I’m obsessed with gold these days…it’s amazing what a few stripes of gold can do to modernize a look! The box is majorly improved now thanks to you. And you had me cracking up with your line about your kids clawing at the door like zombies. What a vision! Oh, so much to look forward to when the new chapter of parenting begins…ha ha. 🙂 Great revamp, Christine!

  4. Jo says:

    Your box looks better than the inspiration. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  5. […] The first week’s inspiration was gleamed from Target. Specifically a Nate Berkus wood and gold box.  I gussied-up my husband’s guitar goodie box here. […]

  6. […] check out my baby steps here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and oh here.  Yeah, those should keep you […]

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