I bought this a long time ago. It had an assortment of tea leaves in it. I had been using the two parts of it separately as drawer organizers, but decided to use it in my front entry to hold change and odds and ends that accumulate there. I painted a little chalkboard label area on the lid and then I decided it needed a paint job.
I used a pale turquoise paint on the top of the lid and the base, then stain on top of the paint and on the raw wood sides of the top. It still looked a little plain, so I glued jute string on to add some texture. When it still looked plain, I added a checkerboard pattern to the top.
This is what I call "country rustic".
For my next box transformation - a large jewelry box.
Very handy but I've really disliked the look of this thing ever since it was given to me.
I can't wait to get at it!!