Hello beautiful friends! I have whittled down my latest thrifty haul to just a few remaining pieces. Today I’m sharing these two ornate boxes I picked up at two different thrift stores:
I always pick up pretty boxes when I see them. They are quick and easy to paint up and usually sell quickly. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I started with the larger of the two:
I paid more than I would have liked for this one at $4.25, but I couldn’t resist those pretty feet!
This one got a good wipe down with some Lysol wipes and a simple paint job:
This is two coats of DIY Chalk paint in Behr’s Bit of Sugar. (Recipe HERE.)
A very light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper highlights all those pretty parts!
I could have spray painted these much more easily, but I prefer the depth and texture you get with chalk paint that you just don’t get with spray paint.
Now this box is a pretty piece that fits in perfectly with my decor!
It would be a great place to drop our keys when we get home!
The second one started out like this:
This is actually the third time I have found this same box, so it must have been a hot seller from somewhere at some point. Maybe ya’ll know?
I decided to use my favorite blue, Sunken Pool by Behr, made into DIY chalk paint also.
The tray and the tulips are from Hobby Lobby.
(I added water for the photo, but if you leave them in water, the metal wire inside the stems will eventually rust at the bottom. One of my dear readers suggested adding a touch of hot glue over the the ends to prevent that. Great idea! )
This one has a ton of nooks and crannies that would be a pain to paint with a traditional brush, but this round flathead brush makes light work of all those ornate details:
This is a brush that I received in a goodie bag from one of the blogging conferences I attended a while back. HERE is one very similar to it on Amazon. This type of brush works amazingly well on all those details!
I only needed one coat! Again, I gave it a super light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. This is one of those pieces that if you sand too hard, you’ll go right through the gold top layer to the white beneath, and that doesn’t look so pretty. A very light hand is all you need, or you can wet-distress it by taking a damp washcloth to the raised areas as soon as it is dry to the touch. I missed my window for that method.
They both got a coat of Rustoleum Clear Matte Spray to seal:
And a peek at the inside…I left the gold as is in there:
I don’t always share these smaller pieces. I just paint them up and stick them in my booth, but it’s fun to share even the simplest of makeovers sometimes!
I think the white one is my favorite! (Of course.)
I only have two pieces left!! Can you believe it?
Revisit all of these makeovers at the links below:
I have that small gold mirror and the yellow mirror on the left to go. However I’m considering a mirror gallery wall for our stairwell, so I’m going to hang onto that smaller one for now, but the yellow one is next!
Unfortunately, I may not have it done in time to share on Thursday.
I’ve been planning to have a yard sale with my Mom on the 18th of this month. We are long overdue since we haven’t had one since the Spring before we moved in two years ago. I’ve been getting ready for it slowly, but then I got a flyer in our mailbox this weekend announcing that our neighborhood yard sale was going to be held THIS weekend coming up! I lost a whole week of prep time! I didn’t even know there was a neighborhood yard sale planned, and whose idea was it to have it on Mother’s Day weekend anyway?
I’ll still be here on Thursday though, and if I don’t get the mirror finished in time, I’ll definitely have it ready for Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday next week.
Anyone else planning a yard sale any time soon? You might find my yard sale tips helpful!
Read all about them HERE!
UPDATE: Here’s that mirror:
See how it looks now HERE!
Have a great day! 🙂
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