Last year I had done another silverware caddy for this same client.
On that first box we left the interior intact and I tried to suggest some alternative uses for it
but this time she wanted the second box gutted and painted. I wasn't able to paint it because of the residual glue. When I tried to sand it I found the wood lifting too. So I opted to line the box instead. Hobby Lobby carried the larger sheets of felt that I needed for this project.
My client had sent me a picture of a red toile pillow from her bedroom and let me know that she wanted this piece to coordinate with the rest of the room. So I used that photo as my jumping off point. Knowing that the other colors she wanted to incorporate were black, white, and a silvery blue I delved in to come up with something I hoped would work for her.
I actually printed out her picture and enlarged it so I could see some of the detail work since toile is not my usual painting style.
Then to pull the blues and reds together I did a border of flowers utilizing both colors.
The black and white border and feet are my nod to the flirty and fun and the blue and black damask reflects a more classic style.
It was a bit challenging to pull together the whimsical look she likes with the more traditional elements but stretching the brain is always a good thing.