Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Boxed Up

I have a bit of an unusual piece of art in my living room. It's a side of a cardboard box. The only people who have ever commented on it are people who just outright ask, "Why do you have a framed box on your wall?"
Sorry it's so darn reflective...I hope you can see it well enough.

Well, you all know we've moved around a bit. When Matt finished grad school and we were moving...again...but this time for a job, Gabe was five years old and he was going to "help" me pack and label boxes.

One of the boxes was Keurig (the coffee pot maker) and their logo has a little coffee mug.

Gabe knew how much his dad liked coffee, so he decided to draw Matt holding that coffee mug from the logo. It was so clever and ridiculously cute! At the time I snapped a picture, but the box was in great shape when we finally moved in, so I saved it.

It was just put into a frame with no real thought to it. Spare frame + thing that needed protecting = done.

But the box blended in with the background. So I finally just took care of it. It was so simple, I don't know why I waited so long.

The background was just the frame backing. I took it out and grabbed some spray paint. I had about a quarter can of Oil Rubbed Bronze leftover from other projects, so I just used that.

I only painted the outside edges. No one will ever see the middle, so why waste the paint?

Ah, so much better. The box stands out more now.

I did tape it to the backer, just because it's an old frame and not quite tight enough.

 And on the back, I also wrote down all the places we moved and when. I also wrote down how old Gabe was when he made the drawing.

Sometimes the best memento is the one you never expected. So, yes, I have a framed box on my wall. And I love it! :) 

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  1. So clever and what a great story! I love personalized displays like that. What a cute little guy to be so clever.

    Some day (if not already) Gabe will appreciate the fact that you saved that box.

    I am visiting from Rook No. 17


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