I've had this box for years and had never done anything to it. In fact I forgot to even photograph it in it's raw wood state. This box has great storage, but I simply had no place to put it. My mother decided it would make a great foot stool for her small apartment, so a couple weeks ago we painted it and covered the top with linen. Our first plan was to use black brads under the lip of the lid to hold the fabric. Noticing that we were straight line challenged and that our brads appeared to be curving up and down, we went out and purchase rope and wrapped it around the edges three times to cover the staples that were now holding the fabric in place. It's definitely not perfect, but Mom loves it and that's what matters.
Below is the painting that is currently on my paint table. I still need to come up with the remainder of the village that goes at the bottom of the painting. I love the vibrant hues of autumn and all the little jack-o-lanterns are just so fun to paint. Those little smiling faces will greet the little goblins I'll be adding next.