Lacquered up

I love glue. That sounds weird......let me rephrase that.   Glue & I get along really well.

Hmmm, also weird.

I was that kid in 5th grade kindergarten who smeared Elmer's glue all over her fingers just so she could peel it off once it dried (it felt awesome).  Fabric glue, hot glue, liquid nails--I use them all for projects around the house.  This time, hot glue & I spent some time together.

That also sounds weird.

Here's a small project I did 3 months ago (!!!)......I know, I'm prompt.  (Don't put me on your emergency contact list or anything.) I've always admired those sleek lacquered boxes in candy hues that you see in gorgeous vignettes all over design blogs.  Their price tags are just too rich for my blood.  So I was stoked when I saw these great lacquered boxes, priced very reasonably, at The Container Store months ago.

I got to thinking during one of the many late night awakenings with Quinn--how can I replicate the luxe lacquered box look easily?  (During that same night, I also got to thinking, wouldn't it be great if there was an app where I could see a map of my neighborhood showing any other moms who are also up?  This is how my brain cells are put to use.)

I remembered this lovely version but I just didn't have the patience to tape off/paint in my delirious, bleary-eyed state.  Then one day, as I maniacally rooted around in drawers for some ribbon to wrap a belated birthday present for a friend, the answer literally fell into my lap: a leftover roll of black grosgrain ribbon.

A thin bead of hot glue on the back of each ribbon, press on to lacquered box, & done.  
A pleasant surprise was that the ribbon has a subtle sheen to it as well.  
Serendipity is sweet.





The boxes are a vibrant kiwi hue & remind me of spring.  The crackle-glazed honeycomb vase is from West Elm that I also got months ago (still available).  And yes, those are faux orchid sprigs.  I love fresh flowers but I can't afford to buy a bouquet every week so faux is the way to go.  If you can afford it, will you buy me some????


P.S.  I have a fun & adorable gender-neutral nursery to share with you soon (my friend Jen who is due any day now), so stay tuned!