This is one of those things that is totally unnecessary, but it’s an idea I just couldn’t get out of my brain, so I did it.
I saw these monogrammed tissue box covers at Pottery Barn, probably last year sometime, and something about them just made me happy.
This is my own version, made for Kennedy’s room. It’s a little different, and a little less perfect (of course), but it’s still the same basic idea.
It started out as a plain wood tissue box cover from Dollarama that I was just going to paint white to cover up all those ugly bright boxes you get with your tissues. Then Kennedy saw it and wanted to paint it all kinds of crazy colors herself, so I let her. Hey, it kept her busy for 20 minutes! Sometimes that’s worth it!
About 6 months later, I thought it was safe to move forward with my plan, so I painted it white. The paint looks pretty chunky now from the extra layers, but that’s OK. Let’s see…. how can I spin this? …it’s… um… it’s a rustic farmhouse style tissue box cover! Yeah! That’s it.
I used the same wax paper technique for transferring an image as I did when I made my turkey pillow. I just made the monogram in Picmonkey and flipped it around.
You can see that doing this on a hard surface instead of fabric really gives a very imperfect result and the ink catches in any tiny bit of grain that there may be in the wood.
I really don’t mind the overall look at all though. It’s called character right?
And the best part of this whole project? Well, that was the part where Kennedy liked it so much that I didn’t even get in trouble for painting over her colorful “masterpiece” from 6 months ago.
Or maybe she just hasn’t realized it’s the same box yet!
My little tissue box will partying over at It’s Party Time! You should come too!
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.