Hello beautiful friends! I’m back today with a thrift store box makeover! This post is titled Pretty in Blue Box Makeover, but it’s actually not blue. I used the Pretty in Blue transfer on it!
Here is the box I’m transforming today:
I paid $6.95 for it which before the pandemic would have been way too much. These days though, I guess that’s a deal lol.
I add one TBSP of White Lightning to a half gallon of warm water…
Another quick wipe down with clean water, and this box was ready to be transformed!
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Next, I got out my favorite spray primer from Rustoleum and gave this box one coat inside and out:
I like to do this just to save some time by getting a fast first coat on these smaller pieces. Chalk paint does not require primer!
Then, the outside was painted in two coats of Cotton:
As you can see, I had my Handy Heater on in the background. That was to help the Dixie Mud dry more quickly on my last project, but I use it for paint sometimes too. Although chalk paint dries really quickly, the cold and rainy weather can make things take longer to dry.
Y’all know I love white, but one of the main reasons is because it is always a great background for whatever I want to add to my project.
Embellishing with transfers
I used the leftovers from two different transfers to dress this box up.
First, I cut a couple of pieces I had left over from the Somewhere in France transfer…
My nail polish was on point with this project lol!
I loved the gold and blue combo so much on that desk that I decided to go with the same look for this piece, adding and layering both transfers…
Transfers are definitely my favorite way to embellish a project! You can mix them, cut away the parts you don’t want to use, and add small pieces to fill in areas as you will see I did to the bird in the next photo.
I have over 130 transfers in my Etsy shop to choose from!
Once I had it how I wanted, I shabbied up the hardware a bit with my fingernail.
seal with wax
I buffed away any excess with a clean, soft cloth. You can also apply it with a soft cloth if you don’t have a brush.
I toyed with the idea of adding black or gray wax to add more depth to this box, but I loved it as is, and I didn’t even distress it this time other than the hardware.
Here is how this thrifty find looks now!
I could have kept going and going with the transfers and filled in the whole center space but decided to keep it simple.
I always like a little shabby, and I just did that on the hardware this time…
Of course I had to make the inside pretty too!
This blue is actually a bit more bold than it looks…this is Bunker Hill Blue, and it is a gorgeous deep blue.
I sealed the inside with Gator Hide using a small brush to apply it.
It is not recommended to seal transfers with Gator Hide as the water repellent properties can cause transfers to lift. If you want the maximum protection over a transfer that Gator Hide offers, be sure to apply a coat of Clear Coat first before applying the Gator Hide.
And here’s a quick peek at the back:
I hope you enjoyed this simple makeover today!
I get to cross off another piece from my brand new haul!
See what I’ve done so far at the links below:
I redid this similar box a couple of years ago:
See what I did with that one HERE!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with this table that was given to me by one of my very sweet former neighbors:
UPDATE: This table got a splash of color! See what color I chose HERE now!
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