Hello amazing friends!! Who’s up for another thrifty makeover? Me!! That means one more project I can cross off the to-do list, and today’s makeover is especially satisfying since it has been taking up residence in my storage room for at least the three years we have lived in this house!
Here’s a look at this beauty before:
And by the looks of it, there was good reason for this to be sitting untouched as long as it did! I finally added it to my End of Summer Thrift Store Haul so I could get it out of that room.
I had a few of these boxes at one time and took them outside on a nice day and did the messy work of removing the insides on them all at once, so the hard part was already done and the inside was ready to go:
There is no secret formula for removing the innards of these things, just a good pair of pliers and some sweat equity! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I gave it two coats and decided to dig through my stencils to find something to dress up the top.
I like to use a brush rather than a pouncer but you can use either. I just try to brush away from the edges as much as possible. I don’t recall where I found this stencil, but I think maybe Michaels?
I applied three coats of paint and removed the stencil while the paint was still wet:
Then I went back and added some fun detail with tiny dots using my stylus dotting tool:
When the paint was completely dry, I sanded with 220 grit sandpaper, including across the stencil, going from edge to edge:
This smooths everything out and leaves a lovely finish. You can see I added some dots to the top as well.
I sealed this piece with clear wax, applying it and then buffing it with a clean, soft cloth:
This is Dixie Belle’s clear wax. It looks white but goes on clear, and it is water based, so it doesn’t have the harsh smells that some of the other brands do.
Are you ready to see the finished box??
It turned out so pretty compared to the ugly before!
And this pretty stencil was just what this box needed! You can see how smooth it looks after a light sanding…
I found these sweet glass knobs at Hobby Lobby…
I removed the ugly wooden one that was on the top altogether and just left it without.
I added these handles on the sides that I had in my stash, but I think they originally came from Hobby Lobby also…
A little paint fixed them right up, and how sweet are the little dots that go all the way around? I didn’t measure them out…just eye-balled them.
And of course, I had to make the insides pretty too!
I share how I line boxes with fabric in this post!
I am thrilled to finally be able to cross this one off the list!!
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I have family coming in town to surprise my Dad for his birthday, so I’ll be back with this oldie but definitely goodie:
Have a great weekend!
UPDATE: See this pretty hutch now and a clip from my Dad’s surprise party HERE now!
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