(oops! reflection of my daughter's "hand painting" in the mirror)
First it needed a good sanding and wiping with a tack cloth.
Next I gave it several coats of white paint.
(I used ceiling white because that's all I had on hand)
Then I printed out a No. 2 in a font I liked.
And in order to transfer it to the top of the box, I scribbled with pencil on the back and traced right over the top of the letters.
Next I sanded down the edges, across the top and on the letters to give it an aged look.
I coated the whole box with Butchers Wax to protect the flat finish
and then put the hardware back on the box.
(darn mirror again, this time reflecting my slip-covered bench across the room)