Amazing friends, I hope you are well! With this craziness going on, I almost forgot today was Saint Patrick’s Day! I hope y’all don’t mind if I just keep showing up here? I don’t know about you, but I sure could use some normalcy, so I’ll still be here on Tuesdays and Thursdays doing my thing. I sure hope y’all keep showing up too!
Before I get to today’s project, I want to remind you that my CRAFT JUNK GIVEAWAY is still going on until Thursday at 12:00 am! This sure would be a great time for a box of craft junk to show up at your door, am I right?? You can enter to win every day until the contest is over!
I only have a few pieces left from my Winter haul and today I’m sharing what I did with this flatware box I picked up for $5:
You know why this is one of the last things to be tackled, right? If you’ve ever redone one of these flatware boxes, then you know what a pain it is to get the insides out! Luckily, this one ended up not being that bad at all. Thank goodness!
Once I got the insides out, I gave it a good cleaning with my wipes. Crazy how they are such a hot commodity now, right? I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Then I decided to add a stencil to the top and this one with a fun, Frenchy vibe fit perfectly…
I use spray adhesive on the back of my stencils to hold them in place and then I fill in the stencil with a small flat brush and craft paint. This was after one coat. I gave it three coats. I try to brush away from the edges as much as possible. The spray adhesive helps give nice crisp lines…
Then I go back and fill in the breaks that make it look like a stencil using a script liner brush:
You can see this process in action when I added this same stencil to a tray last Spring:
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When everything is dry, I sand across the whole surface with 220 grit sandpaper:
The finish will look super chalky, but the sealer will take care of that. A question I get asked often is how to prevent the lettering from smearing when sanding. I use Ceramcoat by Delta brand craft paints and they have never smeared for me while others have.
And here is what it looks like now:
Now you can see why I painted the drawer in Fluff first…
As you can see. I also changed out the tiny brass knobs for these pretty glass ones from Hobby Lobby:
That back plate came with another knob, also from Hobby Lobby.
Here you can see how smooth the stencil looks after a light sanding…
And here is the inside before:
I really channeled that secretary desk for this box because I used the same fabric to line the inside as well!
I originally found this Waverly fabric at Walmart to use on the secretary, and I knew then that I wanted to use it on this box also. I just love it!
You can see how easy it is to line a box with fabric in this tutorial.
The handles that were original to this box gave it a dated feel. I found a large pack of these detailed cup pulls at HomeGoods a couple of months ago that were perfect for this box…
I had fun with this one…much like the secretary, I love the mix of patterns.
One more down, only four to go!!
See any you might have missed or revisit a favorite below:
I still have the desk, the oar, a tray, and the large mirror at the back to do and then I’m done!! I’m saving the desk for my Furniture Fixer Upper crew next Thursday, so I’ll be sharing the rest in between. Up for Thursday is the lone oar:
Until then, stay safe and healthy, my dear friends!!
UPDATE: The oar is done and cuter than ever! See it HERE now!
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