Caring for Your Keepsake Box: To Seal or Not to Seal?


Keepsake box

Congratulations on your new keepsake box purchase! Crafted in Australia, these beautiful boxes are designed to last, becoming a cherished possession that holds your most precious memories. These boxes, made from exquisite pine timber, boast a natural, raw blonde wood look that many find appealing for its simplicity and warmth. In keeping with our dedication to offering personalised options, we leave the decision to seal the box with a protective finish up to you. Here’s why and how you can care for your keepsake box, including advice for those who choose to seal it for added protection.

The Beauty of Raw Pine

Many of our customers are drawn to the natural beauty of raw pine timber. Its light, blonde tones and unique grain patterns make each box a one-of-a-kind piece. Leaving the wood unsealed preserves the tactile feel of the natural timber, allowing you to experience the wood's true texture and scent. This option is perfect for those who appreciate the organic look and feel of their keepsake box, reflecting the authenticity and individuality of the memories it holds.

How to Care for Your Box If You Choose NOT to Seal

  • Dust Regularly: Use a soft cloth or microfiber duster to remove surface dust without scratching the wood.
  • Avoid Moisture and Direct Sunlight: Keep the box in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight to prevent damage.
  • Handle With Care: Raw wood can be more susceptible to marks and scratches. Handle your keepsake box gently to preserve its natural beauty.


Why Consider Sealing?

While some prefer the natural aesthetic of unsealed wood, there are benefits to applying a protective finish:

  • Durability: A sealant like polyurethane varnish adds a protective layer against scratches, dents, and wear, preserving the keepsake box's appearance over time.
  • Moisture Resistance: Sealed wood is more resistant to moisture and humidity, reducing the risk of warping or mold.
  • Enhanced Beauty: Sealants can enrich the wood’s natural colors and grain, adding depth and vibrancy to its appearance.

For those who cherish the raw look but want the benefits of sealed wood, a clear, matte finish polyurethane can offer the best of both worlds—protection while maintaining the natural beauty of the pine.


Sealing Your Keepsake Box: A DIY Guide

For those who decide to seal their keepsake box, here’s a straightforward guide to doing it yourself, using products easily available from Amazon or Bunnings Warehouse in Australia:

Products You’ll Need:

  • Polyurethane Varnish: Look for a clear, matte option to maintain the natural look of the pine. Brands available at Bunnings Warehouse or Amazon include Cabot's Cabothane Clear and Minwax Polyurethane.
  • Fine Grit Sandpaper (220 or higher): For prepping the box.
  • Natural Bristle Brush or Foam Brush: For application.
  • Clean Cloth: To clean the box before and after sanding.

Application Steps:

  1. Prepare the Surface: Lightly sand the box to ensure an even application. Wipe clean with a cloth.
  2. First Coat: Apply a thin coat of polyurethane varnish with the brush, following the wood grain. Allow it to dry as per the product’s instructions.
  3. Sand and Clean: Once dry, lightly sand again and wipe clean.
  4. Second Coat: Apply another thin coat for added protection. Allow to dry thoroughly.


Other common option to seal your keepsake box: 

  1. Shellac: Suitable for a natural, warm finish. Bunnings typically stocks a range of finishes that can be used on wood.

  2. Tung Oil or Linseed Oil: These are natural oils that provide a protective finish while enhancing the wood's natural beauty. Look for products labeled as "tung oil" or "linseed oil" for wood finishing.

  3. Wax: Used over another finish like oil for added protection and sheen. You can search for furniture wax or finishing wax suitable for wood.


Whether you choose to seal your keepsake box or enjoy the natural beauty of the raw pine, proper care will ensure it remains a cherished item for years to come. The choice is yours, and we support your preference to personalise your keepsake box in a way that best reflects your style and the memories it holds.


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