The sticker on the inside claims that the box will keep your silverware tarnish free, but my silverware seems to indicate otherwise. The set’s a bit tarnished, but I suppose it could have been worse without the special box.
I started my refinishing job by gently sanding the box. I didn’t want it to be perfectly smooth, because I was intending on doing a two toned aged effect and thought it would work better if I left some imperfections. After the box was sanded down, I wiped it clean with a damp cloth.
Next I started on the painting – I painted my darker color (Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint in Eucalyptus if you’re interested) first, followed by the lighter color (Martha Stewart Vintage Decor, Antique Sky). Once the paint was dried, I sanded bits of the light color away to reveal the darker color underneath. Some areas had a little more sanding than others so that there are even flecks of the brown of the wood showing.
After finishing this base coat of paint, I added some stenciling. I’d been eyeballing this set of Martha Stewart stencils at the craft store for some time, but couldn’t justify buying them when I had no project to actually use them on. I carefully measured with a ruler to center the stencil, then taped it down into place before applying paint. I used sponge brushes with the darker eucalyptus green paint. It was really happy with the look, and probably could have stopped there…but I wouldn’t be me if I did that.