Welcome back, dear friends! I’m excited because I finally have a project for the ballerina decoupage paper we got in last fall! This flatware box was the perfect size!
It was also the cheapest item in my current haul at half off of $2.75! Now that is a deal. And a good one, because that $1.38 bought me this:
I love flatware boxes and have probably redone over a dozen of them, but I had never seen one like this before.
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The first step in this makeover was to remove the innards…undoubtedly the worst part!
I was actually able to pull the insides out of this one pretty easily though, thank goodness!
It’s totally okay if you can’t get every last morsel of glue out because most of the interior will be covered anyway.
Next, I gave the outside a good cleaning with White Lightning.
We have a bleeder
This one was definitely a bleeder, so it got a coat of BOSS in white and I let it sit overnight to do its magic. Proper dry time is key!
The next day I gave it two coats of Fluff White.
I chose Fluff, not because it is one of my absolute favorite choices for painting just about anything, but because it was the perfect pairing for this pretty ballerina decoupage paper:
I’ve been wanting to use this paper since it came out, and I finally have the perfect piece for it!
This paper is nice because there are two different designs to use on two projects.
The first step in applying the decoupage paper is to add a liberal coat of Clear Coat in Satin:
After positioning the paper the way I wanted, I smoothed it on from the center outward using this tool that I had bought for applying transfers:
I don’t love it for transfers, but it works great for decoupage! A credit card will work too.
Then, I ran the metal post of a screw driver all the way around the edge to weaken the paper, and then I just sanded it right off:
Lastly, I applied another coat of Clear Coat in Satin to the top to protect the paper. I just did one coat since I used a brush to apply it rather than a sponge, and that applies it a bit thicker.
Adding Nail heads
I wanted to add a little something else to the top, so I dug around and found a stash of nail heads that I had removed from another project forever ago. (I keep everything!!)
They needed to be cut so that they wouldn’t protrude through the thin wood lid too far, so I used wire cutters to do that:
To add them to my box, I predrilled my holes since I had cut off the sharp point on my nailheads…
This is my absolute favorite drill. It is more petite and easy to handle!
Then I used E6000 glue on the posts to hold them firmly in place:
E6000 glue is stinky, but I found a NO ODOR formula!
Ballerina Decoupage Paper Box: The After
Let’s jump to the after of this transformation!
Of course, it doesn’t look like much there, but let’s get in closer…
There she is!
Ooh la la! I love her on this box!
And the nailheads just add a little something extra…
Spacing the Nail Heads
To space them evenly, I started with one on either end. Then, I centered another between those two. I then centered one in between each of those, and that is all that was needed.
There was no handle or pull previously, but it was easy enough to add one, and this glass one from Hobby Lobby was perfect:
The inside started out like this:
After ripping out the insides, I chose some fabric I had leftover from some curtain panels I purchased ages ago to line the inside:
Lining these boxes is not that hard at all.
You can see my full tutorial on how to line a box with fabric in THIS POST.
And here is the after!
It’s okay that the nailheads poked through the top a bit because the inside of both the top and bottom are lined with fabric covered foam core.
Did you notice those sweet glass feet??
They started out as pulls that I found at Hobby Lobby.
I had to cut the posts down which I normally do with a dremel tool, but for these, since I was cutting much closer to the glass part, I did it a bit differently.
I scored the post really well with my wire cutters. You can see where I started to score the threads here…
Then, I laid it down and took a small hammer to the area that was scored…
It took flipping it over and hitting it a couple of times for it to break off.
Then I predrilled holes in the bottom:
(I also covered the bottom in pretty wallpaper I had in my stash to cover ugly paper that was there.)
Then I applied a small bead of the E6000 glue and screwed them right into the holes!
They worked out perfectly!
This one had lots of elements, but I’m pleased with how they all came together to make this $1.38 box extra special!
One more done woohoo!
See what I’ve completed so far at the links below:
Painting the Smalls #16 (candlesticks, small box, tray)
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I hope y’all have an amazing spring weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday for a found round box round up!
UPDATE: It’s ready…go see it HERE now!
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