Hello beautiful friends! Today’s makeover is this old flatware box that I picked up at the thrift store for less than $2, and it is the perfect candidate to show you how to line a box with fabric!
Y’all know I rarely pass these up because they can be used to store so many things! The method I’m sharing today to line the inside of this box with fabric can be applied to just about any kind of box!
This one is actually going to serve a purpose in our master bedroom, and you’ll get to see what that is in my big reveal on Thursday!
I found this flatware box several years ago and about a year or so ago, I gathered three of these boxes and tore all the innards out. Then I just let them sit in my storage room. Removing the insides can be a pain, so I was glad to have that job already done. I usually grab my needle-nosed pliers to help yank out all the lining.
First, here is how this box looks now:
Pretty snazzy for less than $2! And a box like this would make a lovely gift!
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Paint the Box
I started by painting the box in Fluff by Dixie Belle. (No sanding or primer needed with Dixie Belle!)
Then I used my favorite tape for painting projects, Frogtape for delicate surfaces to add stripes to the top. Ya’ll know how I love some stripes! I painted in the stripes with a 50/50 mix of Dixie Belle Driftwood and Cotton, and pulled the tape off immediately after applying the second coat:
I then taped off a couple more areas to paint:
I did the bottom stripe as well. (I don’t normally paint in the kitchen!)
How to Line a Box with Fabric
The insides of these flatware boxes always look like a hot mess once you remove the lining, but adding a nice new fabric liner to the inside is pretty simple to do!
Here’s how the inside of this one looks now:
The fabric I used for this box actually came from my favorite fabric store: the drapery aisle at HomeGoods! I can get several projects out of one set of curtain panels.
Here is what else you’ll need to line your box:
- Foam core or cardboard
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat/straight edge set, or scissors and Exacto knife
- Hot glue gun and Hot glue
When I was painting the outside, I also painted the inside lip of my box in the Fluff, as well as the sides of the inside of the lid since they were in good condition:
Then I started on the lining process and here is how I do that:
1. First, measure the length and width of the inside of the lid. Also measure the inside of the bottom of the box. Cut the foam core about 1/4″ smaller in both length and width, so it will easily fit once you cover it in fabric. You can use a rotary cutter and straight edge set or an Exacto knife.
2. Cut the fabric to cover the foam core, about an inch larger all the way around. I centered the pattern on mine.
3. Measure the perimeter of the inside of the bottom next. Cut a strip to go all the way around the inside bottom, adding about an inch to the height.
4. Cover both pieces of foam core with the fabric you cut using hot glue to secure it in place. Trim any excess fabric on the corners.
5. Fold the top of the fabric strip you cut for the sides about half an inch and iron.
6. Attach the fabric to the sides of the inside, bottom with hot glue. I had to join two pieces together with hot glue to make the strip of fabric long enough. I started my fabric in the front and hid that seam in the corner. The fabric should overlap onto the bottom by about half an inch.
7. I added a bead of glue to the top of the sides and another bead to the bottom as well. You can see as well that I did not get all of the cardboard liner out that is okay since it will be covered.
8. The sides of the inside of my box lid were in great shape and that is normally the case, however, if yours is not in good enough shape to paint, you can cover that in fabric as well.
The final step is is to add the fabric covered foam core to the top and bottom, securing with hot glue:
To finish off this box, I decided to add some nailheads that I had in my stash, to the front. I used this nailhead tool to space the nailheads evenly and a hammer to drive them in.
I’m so glad I brought these candle holders back home from my booth…
They actually ended up in our bedroom!
Visit the afters at the links below!
And if you love a good box makeover, I’ve got 12 more for you!
See them all HERE!
I’m so glad y’all stopped by today! I know this time of year is busy!
I’ll be back Thursday for the big reveal of our master bedroom!! (If you missed our sleigh bed makeover, you can see that HERE!)
I’m SO excited that our room no longer looks like this:
UPDATE!! See the big reveal HERE now AND see what function this box plays in our new space!!
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