Hello dear friends!! I’m back today sharing how to repurpose a flatware box! I had planned to share a stool that I previewed on Tuesday, and it is done and ready to go, but this Tuesday is is Trash-to-Treasure day, and it is the perfect trashy project, so I’m saving it for that!
My stash is so skinny right now that I don’t even have anything left that would work better. I seriously need to shop, y’all!!
This trashy makeover is from a couple of years ago, but worth another look!
How to Repurpose a Flatware Box
Here is today’s beautiful subject in its before state:
This flatware box was only four dollars at the thrift store and I’m such a sucker for these flatware boxes, so in the cart it went. But then, it was in such bad shape that I let it sit for several years!
Luckily, I had gathered a few of these boxes at one time and took them outside to do all the messy work of removing the insides all at once, so the hard part was already done and the inside was ready to go:
There is no secret formula for removing the innards of these things, just a good pair of pliers and some sweat equity! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I gave it two coats and decided to dig through my stencils to find something to dress up the top.
Adding a Stencil
I used spray adhesive on the back of the stencil and then placed it on the top of the box. Then, I used a small brush to brush in the stencil using white acrylic craft paint, brushing away from the edges as much as possible:
I like to use a brush rather than a pouncer, but you can use either. I don’t recall where I found this stencil, but I think maybe Michaels?
I applied three coats of paint and removed the stencil while the paint was still wet:
I usually just clean off the paint on the front and leave it tacky side up to dry. The adhesive will remain on your stencil. If you really want to clean that off too, you can use some odorless mineral spirits and it will take it right off.
I then went back and added some fun detail with tiny dots using my stylus dotting tool:
When the paint was completely dry, I sanded with 220 grit sandpaper, including across the stencil, going from edge to edge:
This smooths everything out and leaves a lovely finish. You can see I added some dots to the top as well.
This is Dixie Belle’s clear wax. It looks white but goes on clear, and it is water based, so it doesn’t have the harsh smells that some of the other brands do.
You would never know it started out as that ugly, battered box!
And this pretty stencil was just what this box needed! You can see how smooth it looks after a light sanding…
I found these sweet glass knobs at Hobby Lobby…
I removed the ugly wooden one that was on the top altogether and just left it without.
I added these handles on the sides that I had in my stash, but I think they originally came from Hobby Lobby also…
How sweet are the little dots that go all the way around?
And of course, I had to make the insides pretty too!
Now this can hold jewelry, remotes, bills, medications, etc!
I share how I line boxes with fabric in this post!
I hope you enjoyed today’s trashy makeover!
In shop news, the brand new SILK All-in-One Mineral Paint colors are in stock in my Etsy shop and ready to ship!!
Just look at these gorgeous colors!
You can read more about Silk paint and the differences between it and chalk paint in this post!
And, there is a brand new Nail Head trim stencil added as well:
You’ll find it under Mylar Stencils. I can’t wait to use that one on something!
Visit my shop here to get yours today! All orders over $50 ship free same or next day!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with this brand new trashy find:
Have a fantastic weekend, and if you are stuck in a blizzard, stay safe and warm!!
UPDATE: This cutie is done and you can see it HERE now!
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