Jewelry Box Frame with Cabot Stain

Using Cabot Premium Wood Finish on a Project

Thanks so much to the Cabot Stain Team for the stain, frame, plus kits!

If you are a regular reader of Designs by Studio C, you may remember a post I wrote about using a colored stain. I am crazy about Cabot’s Premium Wood Finish – a water-based interior stain that comes in a fabulous array of colors with the sealer built right in! When I contacted the folks at Cabot to gush about this awesome product (dorky, I know!), they were gracious enough to send a couple of samples of their Premium Wood Finish plus a frame to use with the stain. Let me show you how using Cabot Premium Wood Finish on a project can give fabulous results… Guaranteed, you will fall in love!


Let me tell you a bit about Cabot Premium Wood Finish – it is durable, simple to use, and the color quality is amazing! It is available in half-pints or quarts in three different finishes – Satin, Semi-Gloss, or Gloss in seven ready-mix colors and 27 tintable colors!  I’ve used lots of different stains on my projects and Cabot, by far, is my favorite!

The kit contained two half-pints of Cabot Premium Wood Finish in Espresso (a gorgeous deep brown) and Mosaic Blue (a beautiful Indigo shade) and a cute, curvy frame. I decided to make a small box to hinge to the frame to use as a jewelry box.



  • Unfinished wood frame
  • 1/2″ plywood scraps or 1/2″ boards
  • 1 set of hinges
  • Decorative punched aluminum
  • Cabot Premium Wood Finish in your choice of color
  • Small brush
  • Sandpaper or sanding sponge
  • Wood glue
  • Brad nails
  • 5″ x 7″ piece of scrapbook paper
  • Sawtooth hanger (<– affiliate link!) or soda can tab and screw

Step One

Start by cutting the pieces for the box. The frame opening is for a 5″ x 7″ photo so I created the box to fit. I cut one piece for the back at 5″ x 7″, two pieces at 2″ x 5″ for the ends of the box, and two pieces at 2″ x 8″ for the sides of the box.


Step Two

Assemble the box by using glue and brad nails, securing the 5″ ends to the 5″ edges of the back, then attach the 8″ sides.



Step Three

Thoroughly sand the box and the frame, then apply the Cabot Premium Wood Finish. In my experience, three coats are necessary for the best color, lightly sanding between coats. Each coat will have to dry at least two to three hours. A word of warning – do not judge the stain by the first coat… The first coat always looks bad but subsequent coats are gorgeous!



Step Four

After the frame and box are completely dry, cut the piece of scrapbook paper to fit inside the box, securing to the back with glue or Mod Podge.


Step Five

Lay the frame face down on the workspace and position the box on the frame. Mark the position of the hinges. When using small hinges, I like to use an awl to mark the holes for the screws.


Step Six

Cut the piece of decorative aluminum for the frame opening. The aluminum can be held in place with the prongs that hold the glass in or by using a few dots of silicone to hold the aluminum to the frame.


Step Seven

Add a hanger to the back – I like using soda can tabs with screws!



Let me share a few of the other projects I’ve created then finished with Cabot Premium Wood Finish…

This is an oak dresser I built, then stained in Gulfstream.


This is a mahogany cabinet I built, then stained in Ruddy (sorry for the photo quality – it was for a different project!).


This is a cherry demilune table I built, then stained using Fruit Punch.


Gorgeous isn’t it?

So what do you think? I really am a huge fan of Cabot Premium Wood Finish – it is a great product! Have any questions about using Cabot Premium Wood Finish? Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

Originally posted 2014-08-15 08:00:15.