Well, my phone ate the before picture. :-/
This is kind of a "before" - it started out life with a sheer black stain on the wood, and the inside painted a deep wine color.
In re-doing it this time around, I painted a black border around each side, outlined with a thin gold line (extra-fine point gold paint pen), and accented it with plain ol' brass thumbtacks.
So I sanded it smooth to get rid of the stencil lines, painted the whole thing black, and then painted this little scene, with the same gold paint pen outline, to match the sides.
It's not a copy of any extant scene, just inspired-by. I absolutely adore forest scenes in medieval paintings.
This one, for example, which, unfortunately, I found via a google search and a "print vintage art for free" website which listed NO source. There were a series of these, with different animals in them. I loved the greens and blues - and the acanthus leaves in the sky!
Obviously my box top isn't nearly so detailed, but it's my first. Give me time. :)
And as a rough draft/trial project for a much larger version of this, it went pretty well.
Yes, there's something much larger, and cooler, on the way.