When I was a kid my grandma had one of those crochet covers for the extra toilet paper (or maybe it was the plunger?) that looked like a fancy woman in a dress with a big lacey skirt. Do you know what I’m talking about? I mean, I generally try not to disparage other people’s creative work, but I swore then, even though I was just a kid, that I would never decorate with something so frou frou! No fuzzy toilet seat covers, no poufy teapot cozies and no cross-stitch kleenex boxes. If that’s your cup of tea, that’s totally fine. But I knew it even then that that wasn’t my scene. In fact, when we installed our wall of glass door cabinets in our living room, I had to actually shop for things to put in them because I didn’t have enough knick knack-y things.
So imagine my surprise when I stopped in the unpainted stuff aisle as the craft store and started seriously considering a kleenex box cover. That is so unlike me! But having a small child changes things. And with a small child comes constant runny noses. And I don’t know about yours but my child is not patient enough to run to the bathroom for a tissue when his nose is dripping. In fact he usually lets out a loud shriek and starts just yelling, “Ahhhh! My nosey My nosey!” (Yes, he says “nosey” and it is adorable.) Anyway, so I started keeping a box of kleenex on the nice buffet we have right by the kitchen. You know where you’d normally keep like a nice vase or something. It was fueled by pure necessity and it’s been functionally great. It’s a perfect central location.
But I’m sure, after this *thrilling* story (sarcasm) you know what’s coming next. I was annoyed every time I walked past by the ugly tissue box. We always buy ours in bulk so there isn’t a lot of choice in terms of designs. And yes, I know some of the facial tissue companies are coming out with fancier designer boxes. But if you know me at all, you know I’m cheap and there’s no way I’m paying extra every time I buy kleenex.
So I bought a plain unpainted facial tissue box cover. And now I have an awesome Glam Wood Grain Tissue Box Cover and I smile every time I walk by! I’d say it was $3.99 well spent! (Can you believe I just wrote 400 words about blowing your nose and it’s not some kind of ad or promotional post? I know, me neither! If you’re still reading, bravo!)
Glam Wood Grain Kleenex Box Cover
Pencil & eraser
Acrylic craft paint
1. The tissue box cover I bought was made out of that cardboard/paper mache stuff they sell in the craft store. I’ve seen them in unpainted wood though too and that would also work. (and be totally meta because you’d be painting faux wood grain over real wood! ha!)
2. Anyway, I first drew a wood grain pattern on all the surfaces lightly with a pencil. I kind of made it up as I went along but if you need a reference just google wood grain and look at the images! My wood grain wraps up and around from the sides to the top.
3. Then using some patience and a small brush I filled in the negative space with craft paint. The color I’m using is Martha Stewart’s metallic in Champagne. It’s a lovely warm color kind of between silver and gold. I wanted this effect to be subtle not screaming.
I love love love this color, it looks different from every angle and is pretty without being loud or too too shiny. I mean it is a kleenex box after all. No need to be too crazy, right? But it does add a nice sophisticated touch to my buffet and I love it!
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