I grew up learning to bake from my dad's recipe box. When he sends me recipes, he still sends me recipe cards. I love it.
I also love the internet. I have found, used and adapted so many recipes over the last (more than I'd like to count) years. While I have big dreams of creating a family cookbook every year with my most loved and used recipes, the reality is not enough time and money. Okay, mostly time. I mean $30-60 a year to print the book isn't bad but some people get paid for a year to build a cookbook. Perfect their recipes, food photography and book design. I'd be doing all of that in my spare time.
So in the meantime, I wanted to bring a little back of my childhood into my new kitchen. I found this recipe box in the wood section of my local craft store. A bought a couple bottles of acrylic craft paint. The base coat is vanilla and a pale pink (it was part of a set) for the pattern. I'm not one to have pink in my house so I was a bit surprised that this was the outcome but I love it!
I wanted to come up with a pattern that was simple but interesting. Easy but not boring, and lately I've been really inspired by Kercia's blog series, Pattern Studies. So cute, right?! This pattern was my take on that. It totally fits into my neutral kitchen aesthetic.
DIY RECIPE BOX
Paint Colors (I used 3 - vanilla, metallic silver, pale pink)
I painted the interior of the box metallic silver first, then the vanilla base coat and finally the pattern. I used about 2-3 coats for the interior and base coat. The wood soaked up a bit of the paint. I recommend free handing your pattern for a fun, quirky print. It will vary a bit for each one but I think that's the charm :)
And that's it! You could finish this in a day with drying time or spread it out over a couple days when you have spare time.
Enjoy your new recipe box and be sure to stop by tomorrow for a free recipe card and divider printable!!!