Heirloom Treasure Box

Whether you're storing heirloom recipes or remembered trinkets, treasured memories deserve safekeeping and accessibility. Vintage-inspired keepsake boxes are quick and easy to make using Design Master TintIT.® Sepia. Simple techniques with this quick-drying, transparent spray color can be used to instantly antique all types of surfaces.
By  Gretchen Sell for Design Master 

5.75” x 3.75” x 3.75”


  • Unfinished wood box, 5.75” x 3.75” x 3.75” or similar
  • Design Master TintIT Sepia Spray
  • Design Master übermatte Crema Spray 
  • Folkart Ditsy Floral painting stencil or similar 
  • Bronze bumblebee charm
  • Decorative paper 


  • Painter’s tape
  • Hot glue gune and sticks
  • Paper adhesive



  • Scrap paper
  • Paper towel
  • Scissors or craft knife

1. Sand unfinished box to smooth the surface with a scrap piece of paper

2. Closely spray TintIT Sepia on a section of the box to wet the surface. Immediately wipe the color into the grain with a paper towel. Repeat on other sections to completely stain the wood surface. Reapply the color and wipe to even out overlap if necessary.  Let dry for just a few minutes. Stain exposed areas of the box interior as well.

3. Deepen stain color by applying Sepia in even strokes about 15” from surface as desired. With transparent color, each additional coat will deepen the color. Let dry a few minutes between coats.

4. Place stencil on the lid and spray übermatte Crema approximately 12” away. Remove stencil and let dry.

5. Mask a stripe pattern with painter’s tape to the bottom section of the box. Spray exposed stripes with übermatte Crema and let dry. If needed, lightly paper-sand the surface of any impurities in the finish.

6. Lightly mist Sepia to the stenciled lid 18" away to softly antique the cream color. 

7.  Wrap a paper towel around your index finger tip and wet with TintIT Sepia. Lightly wipe striped section to antique and age the finish.

8.  Trim decorative paper to line the box interior and adhere paper in place.

9.  Adhere the bee charm to side of lid leaving bottom section free to overlap bottom of box.