Doll Box/Photo Chest

 7 x 4.5 x 4 in/18 x 11.5 x 10.5 cm

I found this little box in a second-hand shop, finished a dull black. The lid slid open only with difficulty. It’s a perfect example of why I strip pieces down to the bare wood and apply a new finish with a small paintbrush in order to reduce bulk. When completed, the lid slid easily back and forth.

The original finish looked like it had been baked on but was surprisingly easy to remove. I have found before (see this post) that black paint often has red pigment in it which seeps out as soon as stripper is applied.

I am always interested in how well these little pieces are put together. The corners are mitred. The sliding top edges are angled in and fit perfectly onto the base. You can see in the first two photos how the grain has been raised when stripper was applied. This was easily resolved with light sanding.

When I primed and painted the box, I used my trademark small brushes to put light layers on, including three of varathane finish.  The end result, a neatly sliding lid on a perfect little storage box for kids!

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