Hello amazing friends! Today’s thrifty makeover is another flatware box makeover! After this, I have only two pieces left before I get to reveal my brand new haul!!
Here is today’s subject:
How pretty is this box? It was a steal too at $6.75 at the thrift store.
It did have a few scratches, but overall the outside was in really nice shape!
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I started this makeover like I start most of my makeovers…with a good cleaning with my go-to prep cleaner, White Lightning. I mix one TBSP with a half gallon of warm water for most projects.
However, I only mixed half that for this piece. These terry cloth pads are perfect for the job:
Once it was clean, I swapped my water out for clean water and wiped it down once more to remove any residue.
This box had a brass plate on the top that was likely meant to be engraved, but this one was not. I decided to remove that and fill the holes with Dixie Mud:
I left that to dry for a few hours while I worked on another project. Don’t rush this part if you want good results. It kind of reminds me of White Out back in the day…it was always so hard to wait for it to dry!
Once it was good and dry, I lightly sanded the area to smooth it out. Mud is water soluble, so its a good idea to clean first, then Mud. Then you can just vacuum up any sanding dust and wipe it down with a clean, soft cloth.
Now I was ready for paint, and I chose this gorgeous French Linen color:
As you can see it practically covered in one coat, but I did give it two using my favorite Mini Angle brush.
Adding a stencil
This is one that I knew I wanted to use on something as soon as I got it in!
I like to add a little spray adhesive to the backs of my stencils to hold them in place and prevent paint from seeping under:
It can be removed with mineral spirits later if you like your stencils really clean.
Then I used a small brush to fill in the stencil. I prefer acrylic craft paint to fill them in since it’s easier to wash off the stencil than chalk paint. I gave everything two coats and then removed it right away:
Of course you can always use a pouncer, stencil roller, or whatever method you prefer to fill in the stencil. I’ve tried a few methods and always come back to this way.
I let the stencil dry a couple of minutes so I didn’t transfer any wet paint to the next section, then I added a bit more spray adhesive and lined the pattern up.
Once it was done and dry, I lightly sanded across the entire surface with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding sponge to smooth everything out.
I then decided to go back and add something to the drawers of this one…super simple stripes, using FrogTape (my favorite painting tape).
I removed the tape as soon as I applied the second coat:
The Big Reveal
Here is how this thrift store flatware box looks now!
This French Linen color is so warm and lovely…
But all the pretty is really on the top…let’s get in a bit closer!
This Elegant Lace stencil really is so elegant!
You know I had to do something with this hot mess:
I ripped all of that out as much as possible:
The rest will be covered so that was good enough!
See how I line these boxes with fabric in this detailed post.
And here is how the inside looks now:
I couldn’t find enough of anything in my stash that I liked, so I ran up to Walmart since ours has a small fabric section and picked up two precut yards of this pretty paisley fabric:
It matched perfectly!
I switched up all the hardware on this box also.
The original side pulls were meh, so I found these curvier ones in my stash:
I spray primed them with Rustoleum spray primer and then painted them all in two coats of Cotton…
I scratched them with my fingernail here and there to shabby them a bit and then sealed them with the clear wax also.
The original drawer pulls were very small…I found these in my stash also:
I just love these boxes! There are just so many ways to reimagine them!
And that is another one done!
Here are the links to every piece I’ve done so far from this huge haul:
I’ll be back on Tuesday with the mirror, and then I’ll just have the table left!! I am still on the hunt for chairs for it, so I’ll be shopping hard this weekend!
UPDATE: Unfortunately, I ran into issues with the last two pieces, but you can see my brand new haul HERE now!
OR, jump to the very first makeover of this new haul, this desk:
See the after HERE now!
Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see y’all next week!
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