Thrift Store Container Update

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days!! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Hey there, sweet Friends!! Are ya’ll still hanging in there? Well I hope so, because I still have 13 more thrifty transformations to share with you as part of this crazy March Madness series, including this set of $3.25 thrift store containers I’m sharing today! Can I tell you how excited I am that I am finally working through that huge to-do pyramid in the garage? These little wooden boxes have been hanging around my garage for at least two years, ya’ll. That is just sad.

Here they are as I found them:

Wooden-Owl-Containers-Before-1

And here they are after I finally uncovered them again…

These thrift store boxes got an easy update. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Cute, right? But wait till you see the fun part…

The insides!

These thrift store boxes got an easy update. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I love this pretty aqua blue. It’s from Krylon:

These thrift store boxes got an easy update with Krylon Aqua spray paint. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
I bought it for another project I have yet to share, but thought it would liven these up a bit too.

I sprayed the insides first, then chalk painted the outsides white.

These thrift store boxes got an easy update. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Those cute owl knobs are from Hobby Lobby. I bought them a couple of years ago when I used to have to travel two hours to get to the nearest location. My Mom and I would make a day trip out of it so I could stock up on hardware. Luckily we now have a location about 15 minutes away.

These thrift store boxes got an easy update. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

And these cute knobs finally have a home!

I love the detail of the edges showing through…

These thrift store boxes got an easy update. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I gave these one coat of paint on the outsides and then sanded a lot of it right back off. I love the contrast to the solid inside. I waxed with Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax. No need to seal the insides.

These thrift store boxes got an easy update. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

What happened to the birds you ask? You can actually still see them peeking through the back lol.

These thrift store boxes got an easy update. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Um yeah…but hey no biggie, right? No one will ever know they’re there. I imagine these in a kitchen holding utensils.

These thrift store boxes got an easy update. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Or on a desk, or how about as cute planters for fake plants?

The glass container and the scoop also came from the thrift store as well as most of those wooden spoons.

These thrift store boxes got an easy update. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Oh and the rolling kitchen cart they’re sitting on was a $15 yard sale find. You can see that HERE if you like.

These thrift store boxes got an easy update. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I sure wish I had a spot for these, but I can’t keep everything…so off to the shop they go.

Cannisters from the 70's missing their lids get a whole new updated look from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I’ll be back tomorrow sharing my neighbor’s desk that I painted last Summer plus our favorite patterned/textured projects from our Get Your DIY On party. Lots of inspiration on the way!

Terry's-Desk-Before

UPDATE: Want to see it now? You can! See it HERE.

If you missed any of the first 18 March Madness makeovers, you can catch up here:

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days from Confession of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

1. DIY Tray from an Old Picture  2. How to Turn a Drawer Front into a Planter  3. Patterned Sofa Table  4. Mini Shelf Makeover  5. $5 Yard Sale Dresser

6. DIY Wooden Tote Redo  7. Antique Mirror Repurposed  8. 80’s Clock Cabinet Reimagined  9. Updated Candlesticks

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days from Confession of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 10.  Shutter Cabinet  11. Jewelry/Trinket Holder  12. Oval Rosette Mirror  13. $5 Thrift Store Lamps  14. DIY Jewelry Storage

15.  The Perfect Necklace Holder  16. 80’s Shelf  17. Spring Bird Nest Wreath  18. 15 Minute Table Makeover

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Comments

  1. Bonjour my friend… having a delicious chasse aux pommes and a coffee before going skiing… ¡ it’s my liturgie every day …sure i will miss it in April¡¡.
    Ok, I’m anxious to see your next makeover…perhaps it can help me to decide what to do with my dresser…
    Have a good day , bonne journée.

  2. Another great makeover! I’m going to be sad when March is over. I so much enjoy seeing what you’re sharing each day.

    • I’m so glad you are enjoying my makeovers, Paula! It has been a great motivator to tackle a bunch of things that have been hanging around for way too long! 🙂

  3. Love the little boxes! Pretty color inside is a great idea and the idea of adding knobs brings just the right something extra.

  4. Love the owl knobs Christie and the spray painted interiors {my favorite color} Great makeover!!

  5. I like how, on many of your projects, WHITE is your go-to color! I can relate–it’s mine too. You did a fantastic job on this and, honestly, I like how the birds are peeking through.

  6. You are so creative!! I am enjoying this series. Thank you for sharing and for all the inspiration! I’m not creative at all. Nope. Not.at.all. God passed me by when handing out that gene. LOL. But I can follow someone’s else’s DIY projects. So I greatly appreciate you and your blog 🙂

  7. girlfromwva says:

    i LOVE everything you have been updating! can’t wait for the next project!

  8. Karen Baumgardner says:

    Hi , Christy,
    How cute! Just wanted to let you know those boxes were part of a set of four canisters in their hey-day (1970’s). I had a set with roosters on the front. They came with white plastic liners, and had wooden knobs on the top of a flat lid. You did them proud…..thanks, Karen

  9. These are so cute! you did a great job. I may have to make me something like this…My “spatula” drawer is running over! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Patricia B says:

    Super cute!! Love the shock of color on the interior and those owl knobs, awesome!! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Christy, the containers are great, but the owl handles are adorable. I do think the handles that one can put on pieces and on furniture are like icing on a cake. Thanks for sharing. Always look forward to seeing your posts!

  12. Great project and wood pieces at thrift stores are so cheap—love the little owl knobs…make these boxes very unique.

    Thanks for the ideas, Sandi

  13. Love these and that pretty pop of color inside. Oh how I wish we had Hobby Lobby here in Canada – you always find the best knobs there. Pinning to share.

  14. Yay owls! Owls are the best. 🙂

    -andi

  15. OMG, these are one of my favorites from all the projects you’ve done so far! I love how the dovetail joints show up so much!

    Tania

  16. Catherine says:

    Normally I love love LOVE your ideas, but on this one I have to say I like the before better. Probably because I collect these little bird containers. I have 3 or 4 sets, in great condition – I think I started collecting them because my mom had a set so perhaps I’m just biased :). $3.25 is a steal, in good condition I’ve paid much more as they are “collectible”. Perhaps if the birds are not in good shape. I do love your paint job, and the boxes, just not on my sweet little birds 🙂

    • Aww so sorry, Catherine! I completely understand how these could hold sentimental value for you. I’ve had several readers tell me that these were their first set of canisters. I love how they turned out, but knowing how special they were (who knew?) to so many people, I may not have painted them. 🙂