Hello lovelies!! I’m back today sharing how I updated this flatware box:
The title suggests it was only $2, but it was actually marked $3.25. However all green tags were half price the day I found this, so it was even cheaper…$1.63! It would have been weird to put that in the title. In fact, the only reason I picked this up is because it was so cheap!
Some of the flatware boxes I come across are just beautiful, but there is nothing fancy about this one at all.
I’m so glad I bought it though because it turned into a real charmer:
Stripes are always a win in my book, and the addition of a simple french inspired graphic adds a touch of romance. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I am really loving this silvery gray color. I picked a gallon of it up for $9 as an oops paint at The Home Depot. I color matched it to my paint deck and it looks like a perfect match to Loft Space by Behr.
I wanted to try it out on something and this sweet box was the perfect candidate. Of course I did turn it into DIY chalk paint first! (Recipe with video on how to mix HERE.)
This box also required a coat of clear matte spray sealer in a few places due to bleed-through. For larger pieces I usually use shellac, but for smaller items, this works great too… anything that will seal in those tannins.
I added the stripes using my favorite tape, FrogTape for delicate surfaces:
See how I measure out my stripes perfectly in this post HERE.
I painted the stripes in two coats of Bit of Sugar, made into DIY chalk paint also. I removed the tape as soon as I applied the second coat:
And that is why I love FrogTape so much! I sound like an infomercial, but they do not pay me a thing, I promise!
When the stripes were dry, I gave them a very light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out the surface. Then I used the old school method of adding graphics to add mine to the top.
I found this graphic at the Graphic’s Fairy, already in the reverse and ready to go HERE. I just saved it to my computer and then printed it out. I will also mention that this method requires an inkjet printer, which most home printers are.
You can see more details on how to transfer images without any fancy machines HERE.
It looks something like this (Minecraft pencil optional):
Which will get you this:
I was almost tempted to just stop here and go ahead and seal it like this, however I knew it would look better if it were darker. So I added a little bit of white paint to my black craft paint to get a dark gray color and then used my script liner brush to fill in the wording:
It does take a steady hand, but more than that, it takes the right brush! I love this style HERE, but any script liner will do.
When the painted graphics were completely dry, I sanded all over lightly and again across the top surface to smooth everything out. I sealed the whole box with Behr’s clear wax that I just found recently at The Home Depot. It smells more like a beeswax than the stinky Annie Sloan wax, but I’m not sure how well it will hold up yet. This is just a small piece so it was fine to use it on here.
Tackling the insides of these boxes is always the most challenging part. Here is the inside before:
It took a few tools to get the innards out:
This is actually flannel fabric I had in my stash and I have absolutely no clue why I bought it? Oh well, it worked out great here!
To see how I lined this box with fabric, visit this post HERE.
This would be a beautiful addition to any dresser, perfect for holding jewelry.
Now let’s talk about those pretty feet!
I spray primed then spray painted these and just scratched them a bit with my nail to distress them:
The knob is one I had removed from something else long ago. I primed and painted it white also:
This serpentine dresser you see in these photos had been in my booth. (See its makeover HERE.) A couple of weeks ago I stopped by with my sister to find the harp that held the mirror broken and stacked on top with the mirror. I have no idea what happened, but decided to bring it home. I was torn as to whether I even wanted to sell this pretty piece to begin with, so I may just end up keeping it since it’s great for staging!
Another project crossed off the list woohoo!
If you’ve missed any of these makeovers so far or just want to have another peek, you can find them all here:
Tuesday is Trash-toTreasure day and nothing I have left is that trashy, so unless I come across something trashier, I’ll be back with this night table:
Have an amazing weekend!
UPDATE! See what this little table looks like now HERE! 🙂
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