Hello awesome friends and welcome back! Today, I’m giving a $10 flatware box, that I bought at my neighbor’s yard sale, a sweet new look with the help of a cherry blossom transfer! Funny after just sharing my new Fall wreath yesterday, eh?
Here is what this box looked like before:
This one was nicer than most that I have found. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Here’s a shot of the inside:
Typical flatware box! I removed the innards first using needle nose pliers, a hammer, and sheer brute strength. You don’t have to remove all the glue and junk that remains because that will be covered anyway. Just be sure the inside edge of the top is clean. It should be beacuse the fabric isn’t usually attached in that area. (That piece across the middle should come out by rocking it back and forth.)
Painting the box
Next, this box got a quick cleaning and two coats of Fluff:
This was after only one coat…Fluff has amazing coverage! And as you can see, I also painted the inside lip of the lid and the very top edge of the inside bottom also.
Then I gave it a quick sanding with 220 grit sandpaper.
At that point, I decided to add stripes around the bottom portion. I used my favorite tape for painting stripes, FrogTape for delicate surfaces. This can be used even when the paint is just barely dry.
I painted in the stripes in this vibrant Peony pink:
I applied two coats and removed the tape right away…
Then I gave everything another quick sanding to smooth everything out.
Adding a transfer
I chose to add the Peony stripes to go with this new Cherry Blossom Transfer Dixie Belle just released:
This box was the perfect blank canvas to play with!
This transfer comes with lots of smaller peices as well that you can use your imagination with and arrange however you like.
I do have a tip though!
For small pieces like this where you have to cut close to the edges of the transfer…
Take a piece of the clear plastic top layer that you have left from a larger piece of the transfer, and place it right over the smaller piece:
Then you don’t have to worry about going off the edges and damaging your surface with the burnishing stick.
Sealing the box and transfer
Lining the Box with fabric
The final step in this pretty box makeover is lining the box with fabric.
To do that I used foam core, cut to fit the top and bottom interior of the box, and fabric.
I used less than a yard. The cute cat was not used in the lining of this box.
You can see all the steps to lining boxes with fabric HERE.
Here is the final result of this flatware box!
Hello cherry blossoms!
How sweet is this transfer?
Limited time offer!
This is a limited release at only $19.95! It comes with four sheets total and I only used one, so I still have three sheets left for other projects.
Dixie Belle was testing out another vendor for their transfers and had this Cherry Blossom design and this Vintage Floral design made by them. However, they are not going to stay with this company, so they priced these at a discount, and once they’re gone, they’re gone.
I had fun playing with the placement of all the pieces…
And here is how the inside turned out:
That’s another piece done!
And crossed off the list!
If you’ve missed any from my Summer Haul, you can catch up below:
How to Paint Nicotine Stained Furniture (Trestle Table)
I see a lot of smalls left to be done, so I’ll be back on Tuesday with a round of smalls:
UPDATE: They’re done and you can see them all now HERE!
Have an amazing weekend!
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