This box poured in so many memories when I found it in my parents house the other day. It’s where my mother performed her magic on folks. My mom, the creative cat she was with her art and love of old artifacts was also a Beautician. So has fate would have it she provided all the up do’s and haircuts for our big Catholic family who just happen to lived all the same town, practically the same street. Yes it was our own private commune.
I never paid that close to detail to the box until just the other day when I noticed her name carved in to the side and into the handle. Well it was her nick name Cindy..because Jacintia was just too complicated to say non the less. My grandparents had 10 kids in total, with the everyone’s first name starting with the letter J and if that wasn’t hard enough they had to be named after a patient saint. My mother was child #10😜
This box was carried in the 1960’s back and forth to the beauty college in town by my mom. There she was no beauty school drop out but received her license to cut, perm, bleach, color, and tint hair. Her supplies were neatly stored in this box and items clearly marked so they wouldn’t get lost.
The box had seen better days when I discovered it. It was banged up, marked up and the latches were a bit rusty.
The first thing I did was clean it inside and out, gently with some soap and water. I let it dry over night. I wanted to give it a fresh updated look, but I wanted to preserve the character also.
I purchased some contact paper and the color and pattern I thought would be the most attractive. I measured and cut each piece to fit accordingly. This was a bit tedious especially around the hardware but with a little fuss and an Exacto knife, I was able to make it perfect.Well almost…
I was conflicted with the inside. The bottom side of the box had the most wear and tear, So decided to recover that as well. The inside of top I decided to keep that original. I wanted a little History of my mom’s hand writing to show thru. The black piece of elastic you see across is where a comb, brushes or other items to be stored. I couldn’t bring myself to remove that or even fix, straighten it out. I would commonly be her helper handing her whatever prop she called for and then securing it back in its place.
The hardware was little rough looking so I removed as much rust as I could with a wire brush painted the hard ware a black hammered color. I had some Krylon Super paint and primer spray paint that I sprayed in a jar and used a small pain brush to apply it to the hard ware. This seemed to do the trick. I let it dry over night and this is the finishing product. Now what to put in it??